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Darkening Of The Light

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Joanne Metcalf, composer


I am a Lightning Thorn.

I am that bitter fire,

I am the starlight sword.

I am broken shards of color:

Showy, radiant, bright.

I am the halo that burns.

I am the day of harsh wonders.

I am the poison that kills, the poison that heals, the poison.

I am the darkening of the light.

You are shattered, unheard, broken, white, and pale.

I am the cold breath that wakes you from sleep,

The one at the back of your mind.

You are forgotten, uncounted, fading, fallen.

I am the word you don’t want to hear,

A phantom thought made of wind.

I am the darkening of the light.

An unopened letter waits for you,

The promise of more, the hope for less.

Ever in shadow I wait here for you.

I wait for you. I wait for you.

I am the darkening of the light.


from Lilith, released March 2, 2018


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L I L I T H Appleton, Wisconsin

Margaret McNeal, soprano

Dylan Younger, clarinet

Kyle Stalsberg, viola

Jon Hanrahan, piano

Dan Reifsteck, percussion

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