Butterfly Lullaby | SATB Chorus, Cello & Vibraphone | 4'

Poet Annie Finch’s text for Butterfly Lullaby includes the beautifully evocative names of real butterflies—”wild indigo duskywing,” “southern cloudywing”— in a haunting lullaby for one, butterfly or child, who will inevitably fly away.

 

Butterfly Lullaby (as Winged Lullaby) was a winner of the Gregg Smith Choral Composition Contest and was premiered by Syracuse University’s Concert Choir, conducted by Elisa Dekaney.

 

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text

BUTTERFLY LULLABY

 

My wild indigo dusky wing
my mottled, broad-wing skipper, 
a sleepy, dreamy dusty wing, 
flying through my night.

 

My northern, southern, cloudy wing, 
my spring azure, my crescent pearl, 
a silver-spotted, sweet question mark, 
sleeping in my sky.

 

A tiger swallowtail, harvester, 
moving through my hours, 
an eyed brown in the redwing dark, 
wrapped softly in my words.

 

—Annie Finch

First published in Calendars, Tupelo Press, 2003.

 

 

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