Here and Gone: Hebron
 Stephen Hatfield

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The ancient Hebrew tongue has “Hebron” for “Friendship”

and “Friendship” was to be the Mission’s name

But the ancient tongues were young when the land had long been ancient

thus the Mission time and Fishin’ time could never be the same


But the people gathered and were welcomed kindly in

for the merit of their souls and their trade

while disease and famine fished the bones beneath their skin,

trading strife for strife, death for life, that’s how a land is made


And it’s oh, oh, here and gone

The People passed in helpless majesty

We think about their toil while we’re fishing for the oil

in the old, cold graves below the sea


They tore the Mission down and all The People scattered

They had to find a trail - hunting caribou and whale

The airforce and the crown were agreed the region mattered

thus the lions and the unicorns come marching through our tale


And the tale is holy - for the tale is all we know

All we know is what the mortal memory saves

like the name of “Friendship” in a tongue from long ago

And the soul is stirred to know the word still rides above the waves


And it’s oh, oh, here and gone

We all must pass in helpless majesty

So think about our toil, while we’re fishing for the oil

in the old cold graves below the sea



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