Flying at Night(2006)
"Flying at Night" is the first 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.
Flying at Night
by Ted Kooser
Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations.
Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies
like a snowflake falling on water. Below us,
some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death,
snaps on his yard light, drawing his sheds and barn
back into the little system of his care.
All night, the cities, like shimmering novas,
tug with bright streets at lonely lights like