Homecoming

(2008)

"Homecoming" is the first song of David Conte's song cycle Everyone Sang. The cycle is for baritone and piano and sets four songs by various poets.

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Homecoming
by A E. Stallings


It was as if she pulled a thread,
Each time he saw her, that unraveled
All the distance he had traveled
To sleep at home in his own bed,
Or sit together in a room
Spinning yarns of monsters, wars,
The hours counted by the chores.
He loved to watch her at the loom:
The fluent wrists, the liquid motion
Of small tasks not thought about,
The shuttle leaping in and out,
Dolphins sewing the torn ocean.


“Homecoming” © Copyright by A. E. Stallings.
“Homecoming” first appeared in Poetry.


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