As We Take Each Other

(1963)

"As We Take Each Other" is the fourth song of Simon Sargon's song cycle A Star in a Haymow, which sets five poems of Kenneth Patchen.

Sheet music for this song cycle is available directly through the composer by contacting the following address: [email protected].

Fall of the Evening Star
by Kenneth Patchen


Speak softly; sun going down
Out of sight. Come near me now.


Dear dying fall of wings as birds
complain against the gathering dark . . .


Exaggerate the green blood in grass;
the music of leaves scraping space;


Multiply the stillness by one sound;
by one syllable of your name . . .


And all that is little is soon giant,
all that is rare grows in common beauty


To rest with my mouth on your mouth
as somewhere a star falls


And the earth takes it softly, in natural love . . .
Exactly as we take each other . . .
and go to sleep . . .


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