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Revelation of a Poet

Duration 5 minutes
Versions for: high, middle and low voice.


Videos

Nicole Wallace premieres “Revelation of a Poet” on a concert for Voces Intimae Art Song organization in Dallas, TX, June, 2019.

Nicole Wallace premieres “Revelation of a Poet” on a concert for Voces Intimae Art Song organization in Dallas, TX, June, 2019.

Nicole Wallace premieres “Revelation of a Poet” on a concert for Voces Intimae Art Song organization in Dallas, TX, June, 2019.


Lyrics

“I am so happy” by Eric Fisher Stone

Standing in the street, the sun’s rain
glimmers in my pores. This winter,
I step with waltzing leaves
crisped and curled like dead brown wasps.
My feet ring in my shoes,
something springing under the concrete
with unseen fossils of ferns
as roots’ black snake-tongues
 flicker at my toes.
Cars hum beside me.
The drivers don’t know they are in the world.
Earth twirls through darkness,
hidden stars prickling my skin
and the skin of blind moles who sing alone
content with the bloat of their bellies,
sparrows dinning throaty bells above.
I’m no different; my body becomes a poem.
Those strange tangents people dance with,
money and success, are swallowed
by grubs bulbous as fingers,
slick grass glazed by snails
and soft forces stronger than myself.
Squirrels lap up air.   
Their rapid prints burst the last snowflake.
I can’t stop laughing.
Why am I alive?


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