This work was commissioned in 2015 by the West Potomac High School Choral Department (Kye-Won Kopko, director), in honor of Ernest Johnson, a long-time director of the choral program.
A little while when I am gone
My life will live in music after me,
As spun foam lifted and borne on
After the wave is lost in the full sea.
A while these nights and days will burn
In song with the bright frailty of foam,
Living in light before they turn
Back to the nothingness that is their home.
—Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)