- Instrumentation: soprano and prepared piano
- Duration: 6 minutes
- Completed: 2007
Weary sets the text of William Blake's "Ah Sunflower!" from Songs of Innocence and Experience. Laying mostly in the lower register for the soprano, I wanted to give the effect of a woman exhausted by life; counting the hours until her inevitable, welcomed death. The piano is prepared with museum putty across the 4th partial node of the bass strings and in the middle register near the pins to produce a muted sound. The effect of the prepared piano is to mimic the ticking of a clock.