The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

The Gate is Open

A winter meditation on the Star that lies beyond all fear and hopelessness

Words by Sister Peronne Marie Thibert

The Gate is Open offers the contemplative listener a gentle unfolding, full of stillness and mystery. Its three central symbols – the gate, the woods, and the Star – are explored but not explained. Instead an exquisite invitation is issued to all who pass through this open gate, seeking that which can only be found “on the other side of fear, of hopelessness.”

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The gate is open
dare we enter
the snow looks heavy, deep,
the woods, dark, deeper still

the Star, we’re told,
is somewhere beyond
on the other side of fear,
of hopelessness

The gate is open
dare we enter
dare believe…

Sister Peronne Marie Thibert
© 2004 by Sister Peronne Marie Thibert. Reprinted by permission of the author



Premiere: South Metro Chorale / Mark Bilyeu (Shakopee and Eagan, MN)
Carrie Henneman Shaw, Laura Betinis Healy, Nicholas Chalmers, Tim Takach (St. Paul, MN)
South Bend Chamber Singers / Nancy Menk (South Bend and South Haven, MI)