Morning at Ostia

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And I feel older than yesterday,
And I feel bolder and ready to say,
So much to do, nothing to lose,
By the way there’s a chance I may seem relatively
Unattached to this place.
And he said to me “one day you’ll see,
all of this will feel like one of your dreams,
You will wake up in my arms.”
And he said to me “all days can be
steps on a road leading to me, til you wake up in my arms.”
And always a little bit taken with
All of your promises and all I won’t miss.
Caught unaware, lost in the glare of the world’s last light,
All of a sudden I awake to the light of the Son.
So I’ve got a lot to learn before I head home, sweet home.
But I only wonder at the things I do not yet know.
Maybe this is all that it takes to be satisfied.


from The Luggage of an Optimist, released September 10, 2010



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Miriam Marston Portland, Oregon

I started composing when I was 10. I called one of my first songs "Nostalgia", although I can't recall what my ten year old self was so nostalgic about. Recorded my first album in 2000, and I waited only ten years to release a second. Things got busy, but I never stopped writing. Even if it meant composing on a mostly-broken piano in a cold basement of a university that I wasn't even enrolled in. ... more

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