Blinded by a leafy crown I looked neither up nor down—but the little leaves that die have left me room to see the sky
To See the Sky, written for Aliro Voices, directed by Michael Jeffrey, is a setting of Sara Teasdale’s “Leaves”. Sara Teasdale illustrates in her poetry that we can become blinded by our own comforts and beliefs—our leaves which shield us from the world around us—and that sometimes it takes the loss of those comforts before we realize what else we’re missing in life. This piece is a journey, a process, from loss and grief to a new realization of freedom.
by Sara Teasdale
One by one, like leaves from a tree
All my faiths have forsaken me;
But the stars above my head
Burn in white and delicate red,
And beneath my feet the earth
Brings the sturdy grass to birth.
I who was content to be
But a silken-singing tree,
But a rustle of delight
In the wistful heart of night—
I have lost the leaves that knew
Touch of rain and weight of dew.
Blinded by a leafy crown
I looked neither up nor down—
But the little leaves that die
Have left me room to see the sky;
Now for the first time I know
Stars above and earth below.