Instrumentation: solo voice
A meditation on both the fleeting nature of this life and the eternal cycle of many lives, Lake Song, here in an arrangement for solo voice, is the last in a cycle of songs for two voices on poems by Colette Inez commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation/Charles Kingsford Fund; it is dedicated to film artist Holen Sabrina Kahn, my friend and collaborator, and her new husband Michael as they begin their journey together. —Gilda Lyons
Every day our name is changed,
say stones colliding into waves.
Go read our names on the shore,
say waves colliding into stones.
Birds over water call their names
to each other again and again
to say where they are.
Where have you been, my small bird?
I know our names will change one day
to stones in a field
of anemones and lavender.
Before you read the farthest wave,
before our shadows disappear
in a starry blur, call out your name
to say where we are.
— Colette Inez
Poetry Copyright © 2003 Colette Inez, used by permission.