Twilight: After Haying

(1996)

"Twilight: After Haying" is the fifth song of William Bolcom's song cycle Briefly It Enters, which sets nine poems of Jane Kenyon.

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The audio recording of "Twilight: After Haying" from Briefly It Enters, provided in the audio playlist to the right, is made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers are the 2012 SongFest Sorel Fellow Rachel Schutz, soprano, and Tomasz Lis, piano, and the performance took place at SongFest 2012 at The Colburn School. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

Twilight: After Haying

Twilight: After Haying
by Jane Kenyon


Yes, long shadows go out
from the bales; and yes, the soul
must part from the body:
what else could it do?


The men sprawl near the baler,
too tired to leave the field.
They talk and smoke,
and the tips of their cigarettes
blaze like small roses
in the night air. (It arrived
and settled among them
before they were aware.)


The moon comes
to count the bales,
and the dispossessed--
Whip-poor-will, Whip-poor-will
--sings from the dusty stubble.


These things happen. . .the soul's bliss
and suffering are bound together
like the grasses. . .


The last, sweet exhalations
of timothy and vetch
go out with the song of the bird;
the ravaged field
grows wet with dew.


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