"Then" is the final song in Ned Rorem's song cycle Aftermath, written for medium voice, violin, cello, and piano.
by Muriel Rukeyser
When I am dead, even then,
I will still love you, I will wait in these poems,
When I am dead, even then
I am still listening to you.
I will still be making poems for you
out of silence;
silence will be falling into that silence,
it is building music.