Stephen Horenstein
Music, Arts and Society

Before the Rain

Stephen Horenstein
Stephen Horenstein

Swirls, tributaries,

churn, remind us

winter remains.

Winter remains.

Tree tops,



Winds crow

Crows blow.

Window panes

So old,

branches blue,



a tired look

into the future.

Branches are tendrils

with time,


slow paced,

hardly steady,

like drooped eyes

shallow tongue

tender chest

aching heart.

Strange day,

strange weather,

rather than marching,

marking time,



Grey glimmers

turn to brittle rainbows

turn to fragile twigs

turn to creaks


Today, a nothing day.

At least a scream?

A break?

At least awake

the sleepers

from doldrums

of sleep?

What’s after?

Swirls, tributaries,

churn, remind us

winter remains.

Winter remains.

(Stephen Horenstein)
About the Author
Stephen Horenstein is a composer, researcher and educator. His repertoire of musical works has been performed and recorded worldwide. He has been a recipient of the Israel Prime Minister's Prize for Composers and the National Endowment of the Arts (USA) and recently a Mifhal HaPais prize to produce a new album “Sounds of Siday: Side B” (orchestra).. Horenstein's teaching has included Bennington College, Brandeis University, Tel Aviv University, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance; residencies at Stanford University, York University, California Institute of the Arts, and others. He is Founder and Director of the Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music, established in 1988 to bring the music of our time to a wider audience.
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