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CAN'T CROSS THE GAP

between the feeling and the fact
between the longing and the act
            a gap

I stand at the edge
   between this side and that
   between the urge and turning back
I stand at the edge
            of the gap

I stand at the edge
   held back
            by the gap

I stand at the edge
   airplane door open
   parachute strapped on
   ready to plunge
   but trapped
   can't cross the edge    the gap


I stand on a ledge
   mountain peaks high
   sheer rock straight down
   I don't look down
   can't go forward or back


I stand at the edge
   look down
   it's a sidewalk
   the light changes
   I still hold back


I stand at the edge
      trapped
   aching to reach
         past the gap
   but can't cross that
   can't cross
      from feeling to fact
      from thought to act
   can't cross that

           too deep
           too wide
           too high

           a chasm
           an abyss
           a canyon

           a crack

     can't cross that
     can't cross the gap

I stand at the edge
I act in my head
hold still in dread
   unsure
   instead
         of risking the gap


between the feeling and the fact
between the longing and the act
            a gap


I try to dance
     to sing
   my body's stiff
   my voice holds back
   it's out of tune      off track
   it lacks

later
I want to dance
     to sing
   I recall the lacks
   I hold back

   snip snap
   crick crack
   a gaping     aching
         gap

your hand my hand
            a gap
I have reached
      something cracked



now if I reach
and you reach
   do we reach
         a track
         or a trap?

a track
a path
      that goes along
      goes beyond
is this that?

or a trap
   ever tighter
   ever closer
   no escape
   except surrender
is this that?

track or trap?

a trap?
a lure?
   to capture
   crack
   enclose
   ensure
         there's no turning back
is it that?

I look down
   it's just a crack

I stand frozen
   crick crack
   don't cross the crack

don't go forward
don't go back



between the thought and the act
between the longing and the fact
                     a gap


I stand at the edge
I act in my head
I hold still instead
   of risking the gap

I stand at the edge
I act in my head
caught
      between desire and dread

between the fiction and the real
        the real and the ideal
        the image and the act
        the thought and the fact
        the wish and the fear
        the longing and the lack

        at the gap


a gap
      in the track
      crick crack
      snap crack gap
      an edge      ledge      gap

stopped in my tracks
            a gap
      can't cross that

this not that
dog not cat
      a gap

split splat
zip zap
      a gap

between the feeling and the act
between the wish and the fact
   this  not  that
      a gap

trip trap
not that
not that
not a trap
    not that


zip zap
rip rap
trapped

between the fiction and the fact
trapped
stalled
    at the gap
do I fall
    into the gap?
or can I cross past that?
is it a trap?
or is there a track past that?

trapped
stalled
splat zap
trapped

between the feeling and the fact
between the longing and the act
                  a gap


Elsa
August 14, 1999
© Elsa Schieder, 1999, 2011 -
all rights reserved

 

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Can't Cross the Gap
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CAN'T CROSS THE GAP
words and vocals - Elsa Schieder
music, arrangement and keyboard - Yves Laporte
melody, "between the feeling and the fact" - Yves Laporte
melody "I stand at the edge" - Elsa Schieder
melody "between desire and dread" - Elsa Schieder

sound production - Yves Laporte (all initial work), Tim Alleyne (final initial edit), and Mark Corwin (final sound production)

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FROM WORDS
TO OUT IN THE WORLD -
MANY GAPS TO BE CROSSED

It has taken a long time for my words to get out into the world. This piece got much further than most very early on, almost right from its writing. And then for years, it went nowhere at all - and what with a computer that wouldn't export, a lot of work got lost.

THE STORY. Every now and then, I found people to do a piece or two with. Most were doing their own thing, and after a bit continued on their own way.

For this song, I was lucky to meet ("meet" - this was no accident - I contacted a lot of keyboard players on a list of Montreal musicians someone had taken the time and effort to compile) - back to, for this piece I was lucky to meet Yves Laporte.

Yves wrote a melody line for another of my pieces. I liked his melody but not for that piece. I heard such longing in it. Gap came to mind.

Yves' melody line is the central one - the one for "between the feeling and the fact, between the longing and the act."

We met over and over. He wrote all the music. I came up with a couple of melody lines - ones just about within my very limited singing range (again, so frustrating not to have the voice to express what one hears in one's head).

Yves developed the music fully and did all the initial sound production - all in his room/home/studio, and all on a Mac where something had broken, something that would let him get things off his computer.

We did, at the end, three recordings on tape: song, spoken word with music, words only.

We did not record only the music - aftr all, I had only tape, and a better version of the music was on his computer. Some way was supposed to be found to export it.

There's ended up being no copy of what Yves had on his computer. So there's no version of just the music. Frustrating.

All that exists are the three taped recordings.

Yves tried to send the music file by email. Patience in his trying. One try. Nothing. Another. Nothing. Nothing worked. Energy ran out. Time passed. Like with so many things, stuff was left unfinished.

Gaps. Between the feeling, the work - and even getting the finished work off the computer, let alone finding a place for the work out in the world.

Something does exist. Much is missing.

Now I know way more and have more resources.

And I am trying to get across other gaps as well. Because even if I'd had everything, all the music,all the original files - where would it have gone?

The world is large and daunting. And there isn't always a helping hand.

Elsa
July 16, 2006

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Songs about Loneliness.
Loneliness Poems. Lonely Lyrics.
between the feeling and the fact,
between the longing and the act, a gap.
I stand at the edge.
Elsa. Poems of Loneliness.
can't cross the gap.

 

A dozen years ago,
I began to wake up
with word pieces -
words music,
spoken word,
songs -
in my head.
Escape velocity.
Echo of the echo.
Tank almost empty.
Can't cross the gap.


Welcome into my world.


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can't even recall
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and more words
and then some

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They echo
in the lonely spaces
of my heart
lonely too long

Elsa
June 7, 2008

 
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