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from the Song Cycle "Seven For Luck"

Music by John Williams
Lyrics by Rita Dove


Chocolate (1:40)
Cynthia Haymon and the Boston Pops
from "Excerpts from 7 for Luck and other recordings"



Velvet fruit, exquisite square
I hold up to sniff
between finger and thumb-

how you numb me
with your rich attentions!
If I don't eat you quickly,

you'll melt in my palm.
Pleasure seeker, if I let you,
you'd liquefy everywhere.

Knotted smoke, dark punch
of earth and night and leaf,
for a taste of you

any woman would gladly
crumble to ruin.
Enough chatter: I am ready

to fall in love!