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Ophelia's Lament

Updated on November 28, 2012
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

John Everett Millais, 1852
John Everett Millais, 1852 | Source

And I come whistling

The lute’s harmony

Close in the dell


The eyes of death

Filled with

Crimsons and yellows

A petal each day

Counted and lost

A brilliant hue

For each joy

Now muted and torn

Each petal laid down

With gentle aplomb

A model

Of its progeny

Unabated


No more can I whistle the lament of this heart

The garland is woven, laid down deep

And bower shall peacefully

Tender to the heart

Its burden assisted

In etchings of pastel

To better keep its promise

Of bitter weeping.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Flourish!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Such a beautiful poem. You are a very talented lady.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Jackie!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi John--Thank you!

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Audrey,

      Lovely poem!

      Voted up and away!

      John

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Has a little semblance of a songless bird, huh. lol. Very beautiful, sorry I missed it. Up and sharing to give it some new life. At least for a minute.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you cfin--thank you for reading and for your kind words!

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      cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

      Ophelia, misunderstood until the end. A nice piece of work you have here. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting--I am so glad that you enjoyed this piece!

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      Amanda Littlejohn 4 years ago

      That is a lovely, beautiful, atmospheric poem, thank you. And I love the artwork - I've always enjoyed the images produced by the Pre-Raphaelites and that is one of my favorites. I would love to see them for real.

      You are clearly a very talented poet, I look forward to reading more. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I agree--poor Ophelia! Thank you so much for reading this one!

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Poor Ophelia, sacrificed to her bumbling father's ambition. So sweet and young and innocent she was pushed over the edge into madness by a few unkind words from the man she loved.

      Which makes us think, we should think before we speak, or someone may be hurt unintentionally, maybe with calamitous results.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Linda! I often have to look them up after I think them up, just to make sure that I know what I am talking about!

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I must admit Audrey that I'll be looking up a couple words. This is amazing dramatic poetry and you are so blessed with your writing gift.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Genna! Thank you so much for reading this one!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I remember the scene in Hamlet where Ophelia hands out flowers that were her sensitivity, her sorrow and expression, and the symbolism in her “mad” gifts. Your poem is the revelation of Ophelia…it speaks so well that it invokes her spirit to give witness to what may be a Shakespearean slight, as if it were only yesterday. Beautiful and brilliant.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      You have captured the tragedy of Ophelia with beautiful words. The image you chose enhances your poem perfectly

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruchira!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Makes me terribly sad. Wonderful composition, my friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Life Iz Beautiful!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Nellieanna!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Sueswan!!!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Wow...such a beautiful poem, Audrey!

      I am looking fwd to reading your book since you are such an awe writer, my friend!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Awww--Michelle --thank you so much!

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      Salini 4 years ago from India

      Wow... a lovely poem that captures the essence of Ophelia's tragedy.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Have a beautiful day ahead.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm too awed by this for important comment. But Ophelia has much reason to lament. She didn't get to choose her biographer, who has little, if any, empathy for her; perhaps harbors bitter resentment, 'just because'. Her salvation is that she probably wouldn't have picked up on it in that time in history, and would simply have accepted it as her due & died heroically. I know - I need to read it again. It's been long. She was not the central character, after all; & it was he who so resented her.

      But never mind that. I must mention that this phrase of yours thrills me (no more than the rest of them):

      ". . . Each petal laid down

      With gentle aplomb. . . "

      You're a genius with words, Audrey, and make them sing and my heart joins in the chorus.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Ruby! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading it kashmir56!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Audrey

      "No more can I whistle the lament of this heart" So tragic. A wonderful write!

      Have a good day:-)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Sigh. Ophelia will always be a tragic heroine and you celebrated her so well here. Thanks Audrey!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Valleypoet! I am so glad that you liked this one

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Audrey...you have chosen an amazing picture, and created another wonderful work of art...I love your poetry:-))

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Audrey, what a wonderful poetess you are. Beautiful!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank YOU Arb--I am glad that you enjoyed this--I have always written the piece and then found a picture. Lately, I am trying something new--working from an artistic prompt--this was one of those--

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Never has madness been so delicately wrapped or virtue so graciously remembered. I have no words left to praise your poetry Audrey. It is as such poetry should be, to be breathed, to be remembered and to be silent, less I disrupt your song with noise.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for stopping by Frank! Much appreciated as always!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very beautifully written poem. BRAVO !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hey Jamie--Thanks--I am still feeling blitzed by NaNoWriMo--but I finished it!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Ophelia is one of my favorite tragic characters...I am glad to experience such a wonderful poem...and it is good to read your poetry, I have missed it. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Carol7777!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Wow what a beautfully written tragic piece.. Audrey I am impressed and in awe of your talents my friend ;)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Just read your lovely words...I also read your bio and am impressed with your variety of talents ..wow!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Martin

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      You did honor to one of love's tragic heroines. Well done. Thank you