Eagle Rounding Out the Morning

SSAA, optional trio, piano

Reverent, spacious, sweeping and energetic— this setting of Native American poet Joy Harjo's "Eagle Poem" is perfect for mature high school or adult women's chorus.
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Grand Rapids Women's Chorus
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Grand Rapids Women's Chorus
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Lori Tennenhouse

Premiere performance at Tapestry International Festival of Women’s Choirs in Vancouver, B.C.


It was by far our favorite piece this year! THANK you again for such a wonderful experience.....we were very proud to be presenting this work. - Lori Tennenhouse, Director Grand Rapids Womens Chorus

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"Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo

To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can’t see, can’t hear;
Can’t know except in moments
Steadly growing, and in languages
That aren’t always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
Inside us.
We pray that it will be done
In beauty.
In beauty.

"Eagle Poem" from In Mad Love and War ©1990 by Joy Harjo
and reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press