Based on the Chinese Elements and their links to colors, emotions and the body in Chinese medicine. Each Element in the circle creates the next, while each Element along the star pattern within the circle can destroy the next in the pattern. And, no -- Air is nowhere to be found.
I was experimenting with 5/4 time, but that gave absolutely no space to breathe or hold a note, so I gave up on that meter...6/8 it is!
Five Elements © 2/13/2020 Cecilia A. Eng
Am E Yellow’s for the spleen and the Earth below.
Dm Am Brings us worry, and brings us tears of woe.
Dm Am Earth is born from ash of the phoenix Fire,
E EAm Drinks down and destroys Water you desire.
Am E Metal crystal sharp, gleaming splendid white,
Dm Am Born deep in the Earth, shining hard and bright.
Dm Am Deep within your lungs, catch your breath in sorrow --
E EAm Cuts down all the Wood, keeps us warm tomorrow.
Am E Water forms in drops on Metal chill and cold,
Dm Am Falling, it can drown Fire it enfolds.
Dm Am Water dark and black, bringing flood and fear --
E EAm Drink it every day, keeps your kidneys clear.
Am E Wood is living things, trees and plants of green;
Dm Am Summer, fall or spring, keeps the liver clean.
Dm Am Water gives Wood life, giving roots an anchor.
E EAm Wood can split the Earth though it’s slow to anger.
Am E Fire, fierce and red, joy within its heart --
Dm Am Wood will let the Fire find its wild start.
Dm Am Fire sparks and flies, leaps from tree to tree --
E EAm Even Metal bright, fears its company.
Am E Elemental power at the world’s foundation,
Dm Am Circling in a dance all around creation,
Dm Am Colors our emotions, medical construction,
E EAm Elemental power, star of all destruction!