Sing a Song of Juniper

(1985)

"Sing a Song of Juniper" is the fifth and final song of David Leisner's song cycle Outdoor Shadows, which sets the poetry of Robert Francis.

Sing a Song of Juniper
by Robert Francis


Sing a song of juniper
Whose song is seldom sung,
Whose needles prick the finger,
Whose berries burn the tongue.


Sing a song of juniper
With boughs shaped like a bowl
For holding sun or snowfall
High on the pasture knoll.


Sing a song of juniper
Whose green is more than green,
Is blue and bronze and violet
And colors in between.


Sing a song of juniper
That keeps close to the ground,
A song composed of silence
And very little sound.


Sing a song of juniper
That hides the hunted mouse,
And gives me outdoor shadows
To haunt my indoor house.


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