First I Tell the Patient

Double SATB choir and narrator.  May 2015.  Commissioned by the Willamette Master Chorus under the direction of Paul Klemme for their concert, Celebrating Life.  Text is by Don Colburn.

First I tell the patient who I am, and why I’m calling.
Why me instead of the oncologist who’s out of town.
I talk slowly, but try not to sound grave.
I make sure she’s at home, or somewhere she can talk, and not alone.
Whatever they hear, I want it to leave room for hope.
The only way is to remember there’s this Brenda on the other end who could be me.