Reaching Back from Here

Poet/Lyricist: 

Nancy Wood

This beautiful setting, commissioned in remembrance and to honor a beloved founding director. Szymko’s setting of the poem by Nancy Wood conveys the healing that accompanies releasing the past, with all its pain and beauty.

Level: 

Moderate
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JS-106D
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SATB, piano 5:00 $2.00 https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.com/files/audio_samples/Reaching%20Back%20from%20Here.mp3
Text

Reaching Back from Here

Nancy Wood

Reaching back from here
All that I remember of my life
Are the great round rocks and not
The unimportant stones.
I know that I experienced pain and yet The scars have healed so that
I am like the tree covering itself
With new growth every year.
I know that I walked in sadness
and yet
All that I remember now
Is the soothing autumn light.
I know that there was much to
make my life unhappy
If I had stopped to notice how
The world sings a broken song.
But I preferred to dwell within
A universe of fields and streams
Which echoed the wholeness of my song.

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