Poem by William Jay Smith
Composition by Susie Lampert

Now touch the air softly
Step gently one two
I’ll love you till roses
Are robin’s egg blue
I’ll love you till gravel
Is eaten for bread
And lemons are orange and lavender’s red

Now touch the air softly
Swing gently the broom
I’ll love you till windows
Are all of a room
And the table is laid
And the table is bare
And the ceiling reposes on bottomless air

I’ll love you till Heav’n
Rips the stars from his coat
And the moon rows away
In a glass bottomed boat
And Orion steps down
Like a diver below
And earth is ablaze
And ocean’s aglow

So touch the air softly
And swing the broom high
We’ll dust the grey mountains
And sweep the blue sky
And I’ll love you as long
As the furrow the plow
And however is ever
And ever is now