An August Night(2006)
"An August Night" is the third song of Stephen Paulus' song cycle A Heartland Portrait: Five Songs for Baritone and Piano, which sets the poetry of Ted Kooser.
The sheet music is self-published and available through the composer's website.
An August Night
by Ted Kooser
High in the trees,
a wickerwork of longing, longing.
In the shadows between two houses,
a man peers into a room through the hum of a window fan,
the fragrance of his hair oil
like distant music, far too faint
like distant music, far too faint to awaken,
to awaken the naked girl
on the clean linen of moonlight.
High in the trees cicadas weave
a wickerwork of longing, longing, longing.