Theresa Spencer, choral director at Cottey College in Nevada, MO, commissioned this work.  I knew the work would be performed during graduation ceremonies at Cottey College, and I sought out a text suited to this purpose.  In my setting, I wanted to capture the sentiments of transition and uncertainty in Dickinson's vivid text.

 

The text by Emily Dickinson:

 

We never know we go when we are going --

We jest and shut the Door --

Fate -- following -- behind us bolts it --

And we accost no more --