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It isn't a dream... (2018)

for SSAA choir | 00:04:00

by Melissa Dunphy | text by Lola Ridge

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Commissioned by the Cornell University Chorus, Robert Isaacs, Conductor, for their "No Whining, No Flowers" Commissioning Project.

It isn't a dream....
It comes again and again....
You hear ivy crying on steeples
the flames haven't caught yet
and images screaming
when they see red light on the lilies
on the stained glass window of St. Joseph.
The girl with the black eyes holds you tight,
and you run... and run
past the wild, wild towers...
and trees in the gardens tugging at their feet
and little frightened dolls
shut up in the shops
crying... and crying... because no one stops...
you spin like a penny thrown out in the street
Then the man clutches her by the hair....
He always clutches her by the hair....
His eyes stick out like spears.
You see her pulled-back face
and her black, black eyes
lit up by the glare....
Then everything goes out.
Please God, don't let me dream any more
of the girl with the black, black eyes.

—From Sun-Up [I. Celia] by Lola Ridge (1920)

Artwork by Melissa Dunphy


Performances

  • 20 Oct, 2018: Cornell University Treble Choir at Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY