Whispers of Jasmine (2016)

for SATB chorus a cappella
Commissioned by Suzi Digby and The Golden Bridge Choir
Text by Nahal Navidar
5 minutes

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WORLD PREMIERE
The Golden Bridge Choir
Suzi Digby, conductor
September 17, 2016, All Saints Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills, CA

Jasmine is the national flower of Syria. Poet Nahal Navidar writes: “Whispers of Jasmine narrates the exodus of millions of Syrian refugees whose only comfort is the familiar scent of jasmine clinging to their clothes in their long search for a new home.” Adolphe adds: “The scent and sound of jasmine is at once a powerful reminder of one’s family and homeland yet also an ephemeral scent dissapating in the wind.”

Whispers of Jasmine
Text by Nahal Navidar

Jasmine sweetens the air
A whisper of the sun
As uneasy feet shuffle
In the dark clutch of frightened night

The winds of war scatter souls
To the far reaches of the world
As a small hand tugs at worn fabric, asking
“Mama, where is home?”

Her skin smells of jasmine
Her voice like the breezy dawn
A spark delivers comfort
And lights the unknown road

The winds of war scatter souls
To the far reaches of the world
As a small hand tugs at worn fabric, asking
“Mama, where is home?”