Prelude to Sleep

Written by: Susan Buchel


open window's symphony
rain falling softly, lightly
crescendoes, pounds
then again, diminishes 
each landing, a note
- plip - on balcony's slate 
- plop - on wooden rail 
- ping - on metal roof
- paapf - on leafy tree

bird's flute sweet-swirling
an octave above the rest
meter drawn from distant church bells
- clang - clang - clang -
cars passing - swisssssssh -
their wake the maestro's flourish
thunder's deep rolls
sforzando al fine
sleep