Thanks for tuning in. I have a poem and a song for you today. Join us any Wednesday at a little roadhouse called The Kraken outside Chapel Hill NC, or on Facebook live where we broadcast it, 7-10pm EST. If you live elsewhere, check the schedule at jonathanbyrd.com/schedule, and I’ll leave all of our tour dates at the bottom of this post.

On Complaining About the Cold

On a night this cold the stars are twinkling
o’er dark seas so vast we have no inkling.
Neptune has the strongest winds in Sol’s realm.
Venus, her sulfuric acid clouds swell-
hotter yet than Mercury, the fleetest.
Listen, I don’t mean to sound defeatist.

Pluto has ice mountains you could ski on.
Mars has things geologists could gee on.
Jupiter has moonlets by the dozens.
Saturn‘s rings come from some kingly husband.
Helios can fill the sky with gayness.
Astronomers might like to see Uranus.

Earth’s charm lies within this cosmic dictum:
finest weather in the solar system.

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Heaven In Your Hands

Let every word be a hymn. Earth is heaven in your hands.

How do birds find their way?
There’s a star that never moves.
It’s a turning wheel.
It’s a turning wheel.

Let every word be a hymn. Earth is heaven in your hands.

There’s a child in these woods.
She holds a lamp to light her way
night and day,
night and day.

Let every word be a hymn. Earth is heaven in your hands.

The world is written into words
and the words become the world.
It’s a turning wheel.
It’s a turning wheel.

Let every word be a hymn. Earth is heaven in your hands.

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Every Wednesday night!
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Feb 1 Fri
Society Garden
Macon, GA

Feb 2 Sat
TOL Coffeehouse
Columbia, SC

Feb 3
Arcana
Durham, NC
special guests for a 25-minute set! With Charles Latham

Feb 10 Sun
The Alleghany Arts Council for The Beat Goes On
Sparta, NC

Feb 14 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe And Music Hall
Bethania, NC

Feb 22-23 Fri & Sat
Wintergrass Music Festival
Bellevue, WA

Mar 14 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe And Music Hall
Bethania, NC, United States

Mar 15 Fri
The Cary Theater
Cary, NC

Mar 28 Thu
Red Dragon Listening Room
Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 30 Sat
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville, AR

Apr 4 Thu
Museum of Commerce
Pensacola, FL

Apr 5 Fri
McGonigels’ Mucky Duck
Houston, TX

Apr 6 Sat
Sycamore Creek Concerts
Dripping Springs, TX

Apr 25 Thurs
The Aquarium
Fargo, ND

Apr 26 Fri
West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB

Apr 27 Sat
The Warming House
Minneapolis, MN

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

May 16 Thu
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY

May 19 Sun
Askew Prov
Providence, RI

May 21 Tues
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

May 23 Thurs
Cafe Nine
New Haven, CT

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Island Pride
Gaithersburg, MD

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

photo: Stan Lewis

photo: Stan Lewis

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