Seasons

Song Cycle by Stanley Grill (b. 1953)

Word count: 177
soprano, alto, tenor, bass voices

1. Winter [sung text checked 1 time]

Now the snow 
lies on the ground 
and more snow 
is descending upon it— 
Patches of red dirt 
hold together 
the old 
snow patches 

This is winter— 
rosettes of 
leather-green leaves 
by the old fence 
and bare trees 
marking the sky— 

This is winter 
winter, winter 
leather-green leaves 
spearshaped 
in the falling snow

Authorship

Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

2. Spring [sung text checked 1 time]

Among
the leaves
bright

green
of wrist-thick
tree

and old
stiff broken
branch

ferncool
swaying
loosely strung-

come May
again
white blossom

clusters
hide
to spill

their sweets
almost
unnoticed

down
and quickly
fall

Authorship

Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

3. Summer Song [sung text checked 1 time]

Wanderer moon 
smiling a 
faintly ironical smile 
at this 
brilliant, dew-moistened 
summer morning,— 
a detached 
sleepily indifferent 
smile, a 
wanderer’s smile,— 
if I should 
buy a shirt 
your color and 
put on a necktie 
sky-blue 
where would they carry me?

Authorship

Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

4. Autumn [sung text checked 1 time]

In this strong light
the leafless beech-tree
shines like a cloud
it seems
to glow of itself
with a soft
stript light of love
over the brittle grass

But there are 
on second look
a few yellow leaves
still shaking
far apart
just one here
just one there
trembling vividly

Authorship

Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]