This morning, while listening to the leader sharing with the first through third graders about the wise men, I was struck with another line of inspiration. This got my (probably limited) creative juices flowing, and I managed to compose a rhythmic poem (i.e. lyrics that don't have a tune -- at least not one I've heard yet).
Here they are:
In ancient days men looked upon the stars And saw majesty and wonder In the stars they saw the signs That led them on their journeys They set out upon the Star Road Camino de Estrella ---- Once wise men saw signs in a star or stars And knew of wondrous birth In that star they saw his sign And had to take their journey They sought him out the Star Road Camino de Estrella ---- In later days men looked upon the stars And sought to learn and understand From the stars they saw the facts That led them on their studies They set out upon the Star Road Camino de Estrella ---- In these days men look upon the stars And know that they are far away Now the stars seem out of reach And none can take the journey None set out upon the Star Road Camino de Estrella ---- In future days who'll look upon the stars And see them as their neighbor Will the stars be our home And will we take the journey We'll set out upon the Star Road Camino de Estrella
The second verse, albeit the one that comes from this morning's inspiration -- well one of them, the first verse has a lot there too -- is one I'd probably suggest leaving out except at this time of year, and possibly for non-Christian audiences... or not.
While I can sing, and have some sense of music theory (10 years of band, many years of church children's and youth choir, semi-musical family and some very musical in-laws), I'm not sure I'm up to the task of writing a tune to go with my lyrics, nor would I have the ability to provide accompaniment (or the nerve to sing solo), so I'm not quite sure where this will go beyond here.
With some dread, I'll welcome any comments or suggestions.