The Song of a Phoenix
This poem was commissioned by composer Ola Gjeilo for the Salt Lake Vocal Artists and their conductor, Brady Allred. Ola had asked me for several poems relating to the theme of rebirth, and I gave him this twist on the usual theme. The finished choral piece draws pieces from the complete text below.
ACROSS THE VAST, ETERNAL SKY
© 2010 by Charles Anthony Silvestri
Weary, I fly,
Across the vast eternal sky,
High in the heavens,
Where awaits my destiny.
Grey skies are thickening;
Soon now my time will come,
Time to return home
'Cross the vast eternal sky.
When I was young I flew in the velvet night;
Shining by day, a firebird bathed in light!
Grey now my feathers, which once were red and gold;
My destiny to soar up to the sunlight!
Sunlight shines on my face;
This is my grace, to be
Restored, born again,
Do not despair that I am gone away;
I will appear again
When the sunset paints
Flames across the vast eternal sky!
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