The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

Come Soon

A tender song about friendship and spring, life and death

Music: Elizabeth Alexander

Words: Lilian Moore

A tender song that embraces our brief, glorious time on earth, with all its discovery, growth, contradiction, heartbreak and joy.

“Come Soon” is the fourth song in Nature Creature, a passionate and eclectic song cycle on the beauty and complexity of being alive. It may be sung on its own or as part of the larger set of songs.

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Letter To a Friend
Everything is lusting
for light,
thrusting
up
up
splitting the earth,
opening flaring fading,
seed
into shoot
bud
into flower
nothing
beyond its hour.

Come soon.

The apple blossom has melted
like
spring snow.
The lilac
changed the air
surprising
every breath.

Now
low in the field
wild strawberries fatten.

Come soon.

It’s a matter of
life.
And Death.

Lilian Moore

“Letter to a Friend” from Sam’s Place (Atheneum), © 1973 by Lillian Moore. Reprinted by permission of Marian Reiner