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A New Bergensiana

We love what we know. Our familiar surroundings ground us, and give us comfort. It’s the same the world over. Directly opposite Norway, on the other side of the globe, lies New Zealand. In this new version, the text is interspersed with phrases from traditional Maori poems and proverbs, which echo the themes and feelings expressed in the original Bergensiana.

“A New Bergensiana”
“Utsigter fra Ulriken” reimagined.
Text: Andrew Wale


Seek the treasure you value most dearly:
If you bow your head
Let it be to a lofty mountain

Poised
And tuned to nature’s rhyme -
All grief has left me on this peak
But time
Burns fiercely through the past
Ulriken warns -
‘The shadows of battles, are darkly cast’
With thanks, I rise each dawn to better days -
In peace
And calmly start to reappraise

Man disappears, the land remains
Let the red-tipped dawn come with sharpened air
A touch of frost, and the promise of a glorious day

Home
In stoney arms entwined –
This city-child is cradled tight
Defined
By ancient cloud-filled skies
The mountain speaks -
‘I watch you in wonder’ she softly cries
And down below, in springtime’s breathless haze -
I hear
And calmly start to reappraise

Let the breeze blow over the land
Let the breeze blow over the sea
This strength is not mine alone
We all travel in the same canoe, without exception


Ships
In willing waves make trade
Straying along the wind-whipped wharf
Parade
Their strength against the sea
Boldly bargain –
‘I’ve treasures for you, what have you for me,
The sum of silver nights and golden days?’ -
We count
And calmly start to reappraise

May the sun bring you energy
May the moon softly restore you
My friends, this is the essence of life:
Goodwill is a precious treasure

Drink
A toast, to where we are -
A honeyed draught to all held dear
But far
Far away, know for sure
Another
woman cries –
‘A toast, to this fine place!’ - a place obscure –
Yet just as prone to setting hearts ablaze
Take pause
And calmly start to reappraise

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