Sunday, September 26

Michaelmas Circle






















For the week before and the week after Michaelmas (September 29), we'll be having a fresh new circletime full of new songs and verses. Here is what we've been doing :

(singing joyfully!)

The autumn winds blow open the gate!
Oh, Michael, for you we wait.
We follow you, show us the way.
With joy we greet the autumn day,
Good morning! Good morning!
-remembered by Mado from Waldorf School

(begin marching around the circle- marching, tap each knee with opp. hand – build the volume and power) 
Brave and bold will I be
Golden light shines bright in me 
-adapted from Marsha Johnson


(Let us ride out on a journey! (galloping)
We’ve come to a great river!)

(move around the circle to the rhythm of the verse: long stride, long stride, step, step, step:)
Stepping over stepping stones, 1, 2, 3.
Stepping over stepping stones, come with me.
The river’s very fast and the river’s very wide,
So we’ll step across the stepping stones
To reach the other side.
-from A Child’s Seasonal Treasury


(Oh…the land here is ruined! There must be a wicked sort of dragon about!)

(sink down to the ground to crawl on belly, using elbows and knees to creep like a lizard while reciting: )
The dragon in the summer sleeps.
When autumn comes, the dragon creeps.
He slinks along on belly low,
Searching for the village glow
-adapted from Marsha Johnson

(using stuffed dragons:)
Front and back, front and back
Around me the dragon does fly!
Up on top, up on top,
From the sky the dragon dives!
-adapted from Marsha Johnson



Fierce and fiery dragon
(lap, clap, lap, clap)
Coming into sight
(together, together, together)
Blowing golden sparkles
(lap, clap, lap, clap)
Lighting up the night!
(together, together, together)
Left right left right
(marching left, right…)
Dragon glowing in the night!
(together, together, together)
Left right left right
(marching left, right…)
Doesn’t see the golden knight!
(together, together, together)
-adapted from Marsha Johnson

(repeat rhythmically several times: )
Michael, lumiere du ciel,
Donne nous force et courage
-adapted from  " Receuil de poemes..."

(triumphantly : )
In golden cloak he comes along
His face like the sun so bright.
Michael defeats the dragon
Michael defeats the dragon
Michael defeats the dragon
Bringing peace and light!
-adapted from Marsha Johnson

(and now that all is well here, we can return to our own land…)

(move around the circle to the rhythm of the verse: long stride, long stride, step, step, step)
Stepping over stepping stones, 1, 2, 3.
Stepping over stepping stones, come with me.
The river’s very fast and the river’s very wide,
So we’ll step across the stepping stones
To reach the other side.
-from A Child’s Seasonal Treasury

(holding hands in center of circle and throwing them up at the end: )
Gather near courageous one-
Now our circle is all done!
Dragons, knights and angels, too
Fill our hearts now we are through!
-adapted from Marsha Johnson



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