Christmas with Corrinne May at the Singapore Esplanade Concert Hall on the 16th December, in the year 2006, when I first heard “Beautiful Seed”. I felt elated to hear it for the same time. It was quietly beautiful. I had remembered the song since that day… “ There is hope in every heartbeat, tiny as a seed …. You’re a beautiful seed…”
From that day, a subconscious me have been waiting for the new album to be released. But “Beautiful Seed” did not rekindle its initial hold on me until I stumbled upon this poem later – “Throw Yourself Like Seed” by Miguel de Unamuno.
Throw Yourself Like Seed
Shake off this sadness, and recover your spirit
sluggish you will never see the wheel of fate
that brushes your heel as it turns going by,
the man who wants to live is the man in whom life is abundant.
Now you are only giving food to that final pain
which is slowly winding you in the nets of death,
but to live is to work, and the only thing which lasts
is the work; start then, turn to the work.
Throw yourself like seed as you walk, and into your own field,
don’t turn your face for that would be to turn it to death,
and do not let the past weigh down your motion.
Leave what’s alive in the furrow, what’s dead in yourself,
for life does not move in the same way as a group of clouds;
from your work you will be able one day to gather yourself.
This poem enters my anthology collection.
“Beautiful Seed” was released sometime in August 2007, about seven months after the concert. And I had this beautiful poem for company during those seven months while waiting to savour that new album.
And years later, while rummaging through my CDs, I remembered that tiny little seed again. And I am glad I did.