Ke Nova


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She began with two lovers on the swept floor of earth. She was what passed between them. She was a gourd too heavy for the vine and full of her own wet seed. Her grandmother kept the red bag that held her stem so she would not forget the other women she lived inside before this ruined time. The beginning of hunger was in that bag with bones and the origins of betrayal, but there was the forgiving thing, the dry seeds of the rattle that could shake healing to a start. She stood naked and painted herself in the old way, a red hand across her face. She danced in the ceremony of fire that rose to the stars. She wrapped night's black skin around her shoulders and disappeared inside its dance. She is the one that lives now in the hand of the river that wants to flow away from itself but never does, and at night she falls beneath the water where once I woke wearing her painted skin. The red hand of it was on me. I knew I was water and heard her say, Above is the betrayed world where our children are the children of strangers along the lost road in the land where barns are red because they are painted with the blood and milk of mothers of what they hold. The closed bundles of healing are beginning to open. The first stem is growing like a vine. It holds the cure where you can reach through time and find the bare earth within your living hand. I say her name. It is earth calling land, Mother. It is glacier calling ice, My daughter, my sister. It is ocean calling the river, Water. © Linda Hogan, Book of Medicines 1993
The place where the wind blows through Where winter enters the room Here I live I didn't know my ancestors' lives had been traded For the vision of our faces Inside our own hands This life, it's like living in water In the cracks in-between the thawing ice That has begun to live again Ice yearning to return to water again There's the wilderness We live inside and long for The place where the wind blows through Where winter enters the room Here I live As a child standing between two mirrors I see myself growing infinitely small and fractal far away I didn't know my ancestor's lives Had been traded for the vision of our faces inside our own hands It's the place where the wind blows through where Winter enters the room When we realize what we've done to destroy our children's home It's the wounded crack where Raven walked out from Believing his feathers were white Until he saw himself Black and shining In the skin of water All the infinite way down © Linda Hogan ~ Adapted by Ke Nova Used with Permission: "Glass" from Book of Medicines © 1993
I leave you flowers at the shore Sing to you through water You are here, in the eye of my I The light that reflects inside I undo yellow prayer ribbons in the sky Doves fall into my open palms Sky holes where once they flew Now singing through hollow bones I feel your love The love of thousands! Taste your tears in the earth I know you gave your all So that I may be born I am the echo of your love A thousand years from now My ovaries sail out to sea for I will be the ancestor for the children of our sacred Earth And the umbilical from me to You Is the emptiness the wind blows through I feel your love
We hang like bells From the roof of the world Each a choir of hearts Nomads to the umbilical of the world We her Children We are All this Healing Stardust falls through my open palms Falling through waking dreams Stardust falls through my open palms Falling through waking sleep I pray for this Awakening What will bring us home again Water cupped in my open mouth Water through which my Ancestors swam Water that breathes this Sacred Fire That burns in my broken heart Stardust falls through my open palms ... One day I'll drop this skin After all my mission was given All that could be fought for was won All that wanted life was born One day this house will become the sky! One day I'll open wide! Give everything that was given to me All of it The only way I know Stardust falls through my open palms Fall in Falling Stardust falls through my open palms Fall to Nothing We hang like bells from the roof of the world Each a choir of hearts Singing our Freedom Song
My ovaries sail out to sea Soak into our fragile skin Exploring the ocean I bring you again From stardust to vertebrae From the beginning of everything All that I am wants to nourish you To give to you the seeds To provide for your every needs I am sorry my child! I did not know that I knew! (but I knew) I trusted the world skin would see you through But the poison, the pollution, is so great, She may not want you I never asked I never asked how much longer we have I never asked will this breath be our last I Love You! I Love You, my Child's, Child's, Child's, Child's Child. Your mouth is my mouth I swallow what you swallow The Truth is a ripple in the still silent snow The Truth is found in the deep below You thought you were untouchable You thought you were higher You can deny your DNA But you can't run away from your blood The wound of the world is in our forgetting And the Sacred medicine is in our Remembering
I fall to my knees Pour our my burning pain Give it all Surrender Let it all fall Forever Lay down my broken heart Lay down this heavy human I crawl into the Earth Deep into your womb The dark is healing Falling deep into the ground Deep into You Give it all Surrender Let it all fall Forever
Love, I heard your cry through the dark night Your tears shattered all the skies Love, don't you cry I feel your pain as my own Cradle your fears into warmth Love, we are not alone Your heart is my heart Your breath is my breath Your body is my body Your death is my death Love, don't you cry Love, we are not alone Each in our longing for the Source The skin of separation blinds us to ourselves The center of the wheel falls through us all We each hold the Universe's Soul We are the Whole We are the World's Soul
See her, I do Kneel to her, I do What sweetness she is What child is this She will open her eyes from my first self A light in her being, with a brightness of step I see her as I am My hand at the back of her neck Love her, I do Hold her, I do What sweetness she is What child is this Come on Child, You will live in a shiny meadow Or a cave of crystal Your first step towards an opening of sun Or a star-filled night And the girl-child in my center You are the breath of the future We leave you this poisoned earth But I assure you, It's a beautiful world Swim alive into the open dawn All possibility awaits you With wide open arms How very tender Like the turning silver of the fish In the river, at night Beautiful, exhausted, to come swimming Into the circle of this world You are the carried gift You are the carrier Come on Child Even if you will not understand Even if one day you will be angry with your own kind Lyrics © Linda Hogan, Adapted by Ke Nova "Children of Light" ~ Rounding the Human Corners 2008
I bow into the soft arms of our Mother I kiss the Earth We are the Love of Thousands A living prayer of all our Ancestors I am the love of thousands A living prayer of all my Ancestors An ocean of generations' breath From Ancients to Now! This Eternal Presence We Her living water We Her living Breath We Her living Mystery ~ I bow deeply with respect and gratitude to Linda Hogan, who inspired these Lyrics.
Here is the female corn Here is the male Their wild skirts flying Here is the sweet dark daughter who passed between those Fertile currents of each other's love She sleeps in milky sweetness She is the daughter who comes from a far away land a far away time Where sky and earth Are Lovers at the dawn each day Creators' Love in ecstatic embrace Here is the female corn Here is the male The hot barefoot dance That burns your feet But I can't stop dancing Can't stop trading my gifts with the land Pouring my love into the ground Long after the sleep of seeds All things will grow The children who climb into this world Will find it green and alive Lyrics © Linda Hogan, adapted by Ke Nova Used with Permission. "The Origins of Corn" from Book of Medicines 1993
We are the Prayers of our Ancestors We are the Voice for our Children We All come swimming from the Great Dark Look how far we've come Look how far we've journeyed Swam across the Infinite Universe You are a star Born of an infinite Universe ~ I bow with deep gratitude and reverence to Linda Hogan, who inspired these lyrics.


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released June 21, 2015


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Ke Nova Bloomington, Indiana

Ke Nova (Kati Gleiser) is an internationally recognized concert pianist, soul~full vocalist, and computer music artist. She has performed Coast to Coast throughout North America and as far as Shanghai, China, performing at venues ranging from barns and cafes to elite concert stages, including the Kennedy Center. ... more

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