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Wood Floor Dreams

A setting of Cheyenne poet Lance Henson.

Instrumentation: SATB

Duration: 3 min.


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Text:

Wood Floor Dreams

1

i have come upon the visage again
of crows at four flying across the
winter moon

of wolves watching shadows on the flowing dark

of faces brushing the older trees

2

i sit near the vacuum of sleep

i run with my kin to the snow forest where
words rest as from a long journey

3

somewhere turning in the river
of winter

these few
with their lives

sing in the rush
of water over smooth stones
leaving their names

on our mantles
at waking

Lance Henson, 1975
Voices of the Rainbow (Seaver Books)


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