Libretto excerpts

THE WEIGHT OF LIGHT

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by Nigel Featherstone

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Nigel is represented by Gaby Naher at the Naher Agency www.naher.com.au. More information about Nigel can be found at www.opentopublic.com.au
© Nigel Featherstone 2018

On the highway,
with the steering-wheel
in my eagle grip,
I let go

  • from ‘On the highway’

 

When I was away,
you flew in the night to me
and said, Don’t go –
I live for you
I live for us

  • from ‘Brother oh brother’

 

In the night
a dingo waits

In the night
my mistake becomes
a mountain

  • from ‘Black Shadows’

 

Always, in my blood
and bones, I carry you both
for life, for life

  • from ‘Weightless’

 

Out of the ash and rain
she says, Be brave enough to stay

  • from ‘Two Apples’

 


ON THE HIGHWAY

On the highway
I leave it all
behind

Painting by Katy MuttonOn the highway,
with the steering-wheel
in my eagle grip,
I let go

On the highway
I turn off

Emptiness
yes, emptiness
fill me
to the brim

On the highway,
when I reach the end,
I’ll hold the three of them:
my Ma and Pa
and little brother

On the highway,
when I reach the end,
I’ll breathe for the first time
in months, in months

I want you, emptiness,
like I’ve wanted
to slip and slide
between the legs
of a lush

On the highway,
when I’m on the right side
of the range, I’ll be

alright

 


BLACK SHADOWS

In the night
a dingo waits

In the night
my mistake becomes
a mountain

In the night
I see your
cold, still face

Black shadows
I’d run with you
if I could
but I can’t
because I am
duty-bound

In the night
a dingo cries out

In the night
my mistakes
my mistakes
they rise up and roar

my bullet
that tore open
a girl’s
throat

the other
my brother
who felt too alone
to live

Black shadows
I’d run with you
if I could
but I can’t
because I am
duty-bound

In the night
I kiss your
cold, still face

In the night
I give up
I cry out

for help