Human beings, both personally and as a species, inhabit a tiny part of the universe for a small part of time. The human situation is awe-inspiring and challenging. What should we do with our lives? The answer chosen by most people is to work for the betterment of ourselves, our families, our communities, our countries, the world. One of the greatest tragedies of life is the fact that a minority of people, lacking vision and compassion, dedicate themselves to a destructive course of action. 

Commissioned by Kantorei, Denver, and Artistic Director Joel Rinsema and written during Kim's position as Composer-in-Residence for their 2015/16 season.


  • Instrumentation: SATB div. unaccompanied
  • Duration: 7,5 minutes
  • Author/lyricist: David Roberts
  • Language: English
  • Year: 2016
  • Licensing: Santa Barbara Music Publishing


How far, how far

is the furthest star

we can see?

A distance

that’s measured

in time.


What there may be

beyond what we see

no one knows,

a vastness

that time

cannot tell.


In all this space

is just a trace

of human race,

whose fortunes

are measured

in dust.


In oceans of time

the story of life

is cast about

in chaos

seeming futile

and blind.


Our moment in time

one human race.

Choose the dark or the light

to rise or to fall,

one chance

for us all.

​by David Roberts