Six Poetic Songs [was Five Poetic Songs]

Song Cycle by Pasquale J. Spino (b. 1942)

?. I saw a man [sung text not yet checked]

I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
["It is futile," I said]1,
"You can never -- "

"You lie," he cried,
And ran [on]2.

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1 Lindsay: "I said, "It is futile,""
2 Lidnsay: "on and on"

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?. The end of the world [sung text not yet checked]

Quite unexpectedly as Vasserot
 [ ... ]

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?. The rhinoceros [sung text not yet checked]

The rhino is a homely beast
 [ ... ]

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?. The pear tree [sung text not yet checked]

In the squalid, dirty dooryard,
Where the chickens scratch and run,
White, incredible the pear tree
Stands apart and takes the sun

Mindful of the eyes upon it,
Vain of its new holiness.
Like the waste-man's little daughter
In her first communion dress.

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6. A patch of old snow [sung text not yet checked]

There's a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
Was a blow-away paper the rain
Had brought to rest.

It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of a day I've forgotten -
If I ever read it.

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Total word count: 248