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Redeemed By Mahler

Updated on November 20, 2011
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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The dark heart hides its grief

unknown to the many who surround it.

Tears pierce the crowning veil of sorrow

and summon the most vulnerable part,

the tenderest part of the soul

made manifest in the love of this composer.

Spirits of grief now released heaven-bound

through the beauty of line, the precision of timbre,

the sonorous voice of the soul.

Again, I am with you and

again, I am redeemed.




copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2011

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very nice work. Is this Alma's Lament?

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      It could be called that! This poem grew out of an experience I had when I sang Mahler 3 recently

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Sonorous.. what a beautiful word. I love it! Another gem!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Tammyswallow!

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      Ivona Poyntz 5 years ago from UK

      exquisite poem

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ivona!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...well this is sheer poetic genius and writing as soul food - love the reference to Mahler by the way - real classy is your writing and that has everything to do with the author of this piece.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      clever reference to Mahler, I like the flow and the careful way you express the grief by using choice words up and awesome Audrey :) FRank

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Epigramman and Frank--I really appreciate the read and comments and hope that I can continue to provide you with good stuff to read---it is certainly my pleasure to write it--

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      Sam Walker 5 years ago

      Again, beautifully composed, but if no one else is going to say it I will, there is an instance of a repeated word (unless its some poetry trend I don't know about). I absolutely love the image too.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hi Ercolano--are you talking about "again"? I wondered whether to use it again (HeHe) and decided to--I always wonder though about repeated words and the poet's intent or lack thereof

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      Sam Walker 5 years ago

      No, the extra of in this line: through the beauty of of line, the

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      got it--thank you Ercolano!!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      great work, Audrey. Lovely and beautiful as usual!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thanks PDX!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you're quite welcome, Audrey

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      saddlerider1 5 years ago

      Simply majestic and beautiful, imagine this was one of Charles Bukowskis favorite composers, I can see why. He would be one of my favorites as well, along with Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

      I loved the movie Music Lovers, brought tears to this poet's eyes. I am in awe of Mahler's Symphony no.5 film montage. I am lifted to heights of soulful mourning. What a brilliant piece you offered up here, simply stunning, rated UP as far as UP can go.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you saddlerider! I greatly enjoy singing Mahler--both the more majestic pieces and the Das Knaben wunderhorn type--

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hello Audrey ~ I could tell from reading that you were singing music of this master. Blessings, Debby

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Debby!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Love and longing you express in your poem is wonderful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I really do feel redeemed when I am singing--and so I thank you Vinaya for sharing that part of my life with me!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      It seems that I have read most of your poems and articles on hubpages. At this moment I could not find anything I have not read.

      Keep writing, keep publishing, my dear Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya! You are a good friend!

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      Siddharth Kapoor 11 months ago

      Heyyy Audrey...... great poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Thank you Siddharth!

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