"Wild Flower" for SATB and piano (2016)
Jean Saladino's final concert with the Viterbo University Concert Choir was May 1, 2016 in Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisonsin. I wanted to write something very special to emulate Jean's vibrant spirit and the youthful exuberance of our students, so chose Marci Madary's WILD FLOWER poem as a fitting text for a dedicatory piece in honor of Jean and the Viterbo University Concert Choir. --Mary Ellen Haupert
by Marci Madary
I have never aspired to be a fireman or an astronaut or the president.
I have always wanted to be a Wild Flower.
A wild flower with vibrant color, unkempt leaves,
Strong and independent with unpredictable patterns.
I’m not particular; all wild flowers are unique and lovely,
Somehow more amazing when surrounded by others.
This is what I want: to be free to grow,
Rejoicing in both sun and rain.
And someday when I wake up,
I will look into a mirrored woman both ordinary and unique – Independent with others – tender and strong – but always, always wild.