ravens & radishes: witch in winter

from by George Heathco & Misha Penton

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Rapunzel is locked away in the tower, the witch's granddaughter comes for a winter visit...

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wind whooshes through fissures in darkhour shingles
something on the evening stairs sounds december
and my porch, a tundra of bone chimes,
crackssnaps!
through seaglass casement curtains
my heart a tangle in their filaments
I watch grandma’s fingers weave
winter kitchen incandescence
readying silk for the telling of stories
she leaves garden radish tending for spring
when duranta blooms
and hollyhock cultivate the land for moth-tide:
the season of air shaft whimsy
and spin-past-on-the-breeze wings
when digging ‘round the little plants’ sproutgreens,
their iron tangy fleshy folds red lipped, bundled
oozing a low ache
earth blood beneath her fingernails
between the tiny plot’s molting ash wood fence stakes
up to their shoulders high with snows
and iced barbed wire keeps the love inside
— Misha Penton

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from george heathco: ravens & radishes, released April 27, 2014
George Heathco, music
Misha Penton, lyrics and concept

Misha Penton, soprano
George Heathco, electric guitar
Daniel Saenz, cello

Produced by Misha Penton and George Heathco
Recording engineered by Todd Hulslander and George Heathco
Mastered by Paul Connolly of brightbluebeetle

Recorded at The Geary Performance Studio Houston Public Radio
Design and Photo by Misha Penton

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Misha Penton Houston, Texas

Misha Penton is a contemporary opera singer, composer, director, and filmmaker based in Houston, Texas. Her projects blossom in many forms: live performance, audio projects, video works, site specific / installation performances, visual art works, and writings. ... more

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