To call him a colleague would be presumptuous, because it implies that I'm, well, in his league. But Dr. James Haines of Elizabethtown College, professor of music and music therapy, IS a good, good friend. He is also a talented composer. For some insane reason that I will never quite understand, he thinks I have a way with words. He and I have been collaborating on adding to the relatively small stock of hymns by Unitarians.
I wrote this poem with the idea of it being the lyrics for a hymn for family choir or young voices. Jim has written a stunning melody for it. Maybe someday you will hear it at your local Unitarian church.