Our Forward Shadows

(1996)

"Our Forward Shadows" is the first song of David Leisner's song cycle Fidelity.

This cycle was originally written for tenor, baritone and piano, but the tenor part may also be sung by a soprano.

Our Forward Shadows
by May Swenson


all we see as yet
slant tall
and timid
on the floor


the stage is set
each waits
in the long-lit door


a bell in the wings
far in the painted forest
rings announcing delight


ourselves
still out of sight
our shadows listen


the cue
summons the dance
of me and you


advance
where our shadows meet
already loved


invade the room
with the scent
of thunder in the blood


move on the colored flood
naked
needing no costume


we are dressed
each in the other's kisses


our shadows reach
to teach us our parts


the enchanted prelude starts


From The Love Poems of May Swenson © 1991 by the Literary Estate of May Swenson. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Co. All rights reserved.


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