The sick rose (2021)
for mixed choir
In january 2021 an armed and angry mob of Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill and clashed with police as Congress convened to validate Joe Biden’s presidential win. Five people were killed in the violence that ensued as pro-Trump protestors breached barricades and advanced into the halls of the Capitol building. The riot is an attack on Democracy.
In William Blake's "The sick rose" the heart of a rose is attacked by a 'dark secret love' and eventually destroyed. A striking similarity in my view, although I hope it won't get that far.