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       Be As Water Is   [1041]            for SATB voices and Piano
COMPOSER Leslie Kleen
AUTHOR Noel McInnis


A setting of the poem "Flow" by Noel McInnis written in 1977
8 Pages
Moderately Easy
The characteristics of water are used as a model for our own behavior.
Be as water is, without friction.
Flow around the edges of those within your path.
Within your ever moving depths, surround those who come to rest there.
Enfold them, while never for a moment holding on.
Accept whatever distance others are moved within your flow.

Be with them gently, as far as they allow your strength to take them,
And fill with your own being the remaining space when they are left behind.

When dropping down rapids, froth and bubble into fragments,
Know that you will be one again.
And when you've gone as far as you can go,
Quietly await your next beginning.

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