Thaw

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SSAA a capella

This wonderful text by Lola Ridge leaves itself open to multiple interpretations. I chose to picture myself as the "I" in the poem - a spirit or part of self that is not bound to the earth. At the end of the poem the speaker identifies with children playing, even though they may not recognize the speaker as one of them. The piece is a celebratory looking back and acknowledgement of age, recognizing that in order to avoid becoming "snowed in," one must continue to be in touch with the inner imp.

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
HP04-22
Duration: 
3:00
Total Pages: 
12
Premiere
Premiere Ensemble: 
Twin Cities Women's Choir
Premiere Conductor: 
Mary Bussman
Text
Text Author or Source: 
Lola Ridge
Language: 
English
Text: 

Thaw

Blow through me wind
As you blow through apple blossoms....
Scatter me in shining petals over the passers-by....
Joyously I reunite... sway and gather to myself....
Sedately I walk by the dancing feet of children -
Not knowing I too dance over the cobbled spring.
O, but they laugh back at me,
(Eyes like daisies smiling wide open),
And we both look askance at the snowed-in people
Thinking me one of them.

Text used by permission.