given a body

TTBB Men’s Chorus
Duration: 12 minutes

Commissioned by an Anonymous Donor to celebrate the inaugural year of Eugene Rogers as Director of the Michigan Men’s Glee Club

Premiere: March 2012, Ann Arbor, MI

The movements of given a body are meant to be modular: performed in any order, dispersed among other pieces, individually, or in groupings conducive to creative programming needs.

given a body Poetry by Megan Levad

B
our many-petaled mouths hushed
we feed like bees on honeysuckle
while the skyline turns back over into stars

B
in the green knot of your garden
I am freed
reborn a bright new planet
sea, stone, weed, swell all

B
how light reflects on water:
when a seed grows in darkness:
why you are here to fill the space you fill:
where given a body:

B
with my fist full of your hair
in your eyes my still face
as a pond lies under the moon, I under you
we waterlily: we lift a white sail : watch us rise

B
dark roses
your lips, your hip, the bare of your back
they bloom on you they bloom everywhere upon you
dark roses bloom between us when we touch

B
go slow now
slower than you came
let’s delight the lightening sky
that wakes a world with you in it

© 2012 Megan Levad