Finding Her Here

Poet/Lyricist: 

Jayne Relaford Brown

— from the DARE TO BE POWERFUL choral series —

Jayne R. Brown's delightful, soulful ode to finding herself older and wiser and precious—just as she is, has been widely anthologized for good reason: It is an antidote for the daily bombardment of marketing messages and cultural pressure that tell women that they are "not enough." The opening line, "I am becoming the woman I've wanted" serves as an ostinato through much of this finely wrought celebration of women for women's chorus.

Level: 

Mod-Advance
Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
JS-007 SSAA, a cappella 6:00 $2.50 http://joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.advantagelabs.com/files/VMP007FindingHerHere_0.mp3
JS-007D
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SSAA, a cappella 6:00 $1.50

Publisher: 

Joan Szymko
Text

Finding Her Here

I am becoming the woman I've wanted,

grey at the temples,

soft body, delighted,

cracked up by life

with a laugh that's known bitter

but, past it, got better,

knows she's a survivor that

whatever comes,

she can outlast it.

I am becoming a deep

weathered basket.

I am becoming the woman I've longed for,

the motherly lover

with arms strong and tender,

the growing up daughter

who blushes surprises.

I am becoming full moons

and sunrises.

I find her becoming,

this woman I've wanted,

who knows she'll encompass,

who knows she's sufficient,

knows where she's going

and travels with passion.

Who remembers she's precious,

but knows she's not scarce who

knows she is plenty,

plenty to share.