"The Park" is the fourth song in Ned Rorem's song cycle Aftermath, written for medium voice, violin, cello, and piano. The song sets a poem by John Hollander.
by John Hollander
Here on these benches in the wan sun
Ancient couples sit and wait for death.
They absorb what they can of the wide
Field of uncaring life around them.
I shall never have grown into old
Winter with you now: has time robbed me
Of waiting with you here, or spared me?