(Part I) Forbidden Fruit

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in the middle of a garden where the rivers meet
grows a curious tree with roots so deep
radiating knowledge, both bitter and sweet
beckoning all to come and eat

heavy with fruit, round and ripe
a magical food with the gift of sight
and in the silence of the garden it stands alone
shrouded in fear of the unknown

after many years of searching, so far from home
here i stand beneath this tree alone
finding that the fruit is just out of reach
i try to climb but my arms are weak

a bird sings softly in the woods nearby
i follow its song to share my plight
just then the bird sings a warning meant for my ears
giving voice to all my fears

don’t be such a foolish child
don’t you know it can open your eyes
if you take a single bite?
just turn around and smile your pretty smile
your life is perfectly fine
don’t look behind at the divine


from Forbidden Fruit, released August 19, 2016



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The Leonas Saint Louis, Missouri

The Leonas are an acoustic duo based in St. Louis. Forged from familiar hymns and myths, their songs and stories are their own. Steph Plant plays guitar, Sarah Vie violin, and together they sing. Soulful and earnest, their music offers celebration and unflinching appraisal in equal measure. They strive for peace, but do not overlook the obstacles.
Steph and Sarah established The Leonas in 2015
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