Finding Her Here

SSAA some div, a cappella

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 to marketing and social pressures 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 for women's chorus.

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Anna Crusis Women's Choir, Philadelphia
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Anna Crusis Women's Choir
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Jane Hulting
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Jayne Relaford Brown

Finding Her Here

I am becoming the woman I've wanted,
gray 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,
who 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.