by Pamela J. Marshall

for SATB, piano

Duration ~2:30 minutes


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“Leaves” is the third song in Songs from a Quaker Heart, commissioned and premiered by the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus in 2016.

The poem “Leaves” feels both nostalgic about the passing of the seasons and angry about the disruptions of bad weather. As the text proceeds from nostalgia into frustration, the singers deliver the words as an angry spoken chant, instead of a nostalgic song.

The poem “Leaves” is published in Marian Shapiro’s collection  Players in the Dream, Dreamers in the Play (Plain View Press, 2006).


by Marian Kaplun Shapiro

parachuting through the cross-

winds of autumn, dancing

on remembrances of hurricanes

and summer thunderstorms

and spring drenchings and late-

May hail, and last March’s

final blizzard and on intimations of

this winter’s January ice-rain/

snow-showers and puffy mattresses

of softest whitewhitewhite

without surcease.  November.  You

are leaving.          December.

You have left.  Where have you gone,

my friend?  Where have you


(Copyright Marian Kaplun Shapiro. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)


The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus, directed by Barry Singer, sings this May 2017 performance.

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