Stone’s Secret

SATB [4’] 2015.
Victoria College, University of Toronto
Premiere: The choirs of Victoria and Emmanuel Colleges, Isabel Bader Theatre, Toronto, October 14, 2015.
Text: Margaret Avison (excerpted from Stone’s Secret, Sunblue, Lancelot Press, 1978)









Otter-smooth boulder

lies under rolling

black river-water

stilled among frozen

hills and the still unbreathed

blizzards aloft;

silently, icily, is probed

stone’s secret.


Word has arrived that

peace will brim up, will come

like a river and the

glory…like a flowing stream.”


Some of all people will

wondering wait

until this very stone