Wendell Berry (b.1934)

I am a big fan of poet Wendell Berry and I have set several f his poems. His words feel good in your mouth as you say or sing them aloud, and they warm your heart as they settle in your mind. My setting of his poem, "The Wild Geese" is one of my "favorite children." — Joan Szymko

"Joan’s music beautifully captures the hope, promise, and contentment of being here and having what we need and want. The solo violin part is included in the choral score and requires an accomplished player." —


Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
15/2446R SSAA, piano, violin 5:15 $3.60 Roger Dean
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Roger Dean Publishing Co.

The Wild Geese

Horseback on Sunday morning,

harvest over, we taste persimmon

and wild grape, sharp sweet

of summer's end. In time's maze

over fall fields, we name names

that went west from here, names

that rest on graves. We open

a persimmon seed to find the tree

that stands in promise,

pale, in the seed's marrow.

Geese appear high over us,

pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,

as in love or sleep, holds

them to their way, clear,

in the ancient faith: what we need

is here. And we pray, not

for new earth or heaven, but to be

quiet in heart, and in eye

clear. What we need is here.


Advanced Treble Chorale - Here by Joan Szymko