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The Sorrowful Songs

Updated on September 26, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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they haunt,

these drops that fall from the sky,

echoed in the gaunt,

tears wrapping each soul lost

upon the tides

of man's cruelty.


they bury themselves

inside sinew and bone

these words found

etched in walls

by hands that have lost the sun.


by these hands that chose love

in the dark,

that cried to the Queen of Heaven

to a mother

whose heart weeps even now,

even now.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2014


This is in response to BillyBuc's Challenge for music that inspires.


My poem is a reflection on the second movement of Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, a work in three movements. This was inspired by the text found on one of the walls a Gestapo cell by an eighteen year old girl. This work and composer were little known until 1992 when this recording was released. It is one of the most moving pieces of music I have heard and has sold millions of copies.


Here is a translation of the text:


No, Mother, do not weep,
Most chaste Queen of Heaven
Support me always.
"Zdrowas Mario." (*)


(Prayer inscribed on wall 3 of cell no. 3 in the basement of "Palace," the Gestapo's headquarters in Zadopane; beneath is the signature of Helena Wanda Blazusiakówna, and the words "18 years old, imprisoned since 26 September 1944.")
(*) "Zdrowas Mario" (Ave Maria)—the opening of the Polish prayer to the Holy Mother


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Gorecki Symphony #3, second movement

Gorecki Symphony No. 3

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one fpherj48! I love this music!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this Harishprasad--I find this music incredibly moving!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Shyron!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Audrey....Your work is always so beautiful, awe-inspiring and deep. How blessed you are to be so talented. UP+++

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Audrey, your words are words of turmoil, pain, anguish, sufferings .... that the hapless victims faced at the hands of inhumanity. " Each soul lost upon the tides of man's cruelty " is an apt comment on nonsensical rage. This poem is heart-rending and conveys the trauma so effectively. Indeed great poetry ! Voted up and shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Audrey, you words are beautiful and the music fills my head and heart.

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

      Blessings dear friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you KristianKikaso!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Ryem!

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      Kristian Režić 2 years ago from Split

      Beautiful and amazing poem ;)

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      Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

      I read this poem a few times because I couldn't get enough of your words. Your writing is very soulful.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Rajan!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very vivid. and powerful the poem is.

      The symphony is soulful and haunting.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you LadyFiddler!

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Audrey nice poerty :) it has a sad atmosphere around it but well put together.

      Have a Bless day.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you John--it is gorgeous I think--the music I mean--

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you suzettenaples!

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      John Sarkis 2 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Audrey, this is a lovely poem; you're a gifted poet. I hadn't heard that symphony before.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful and haunting at the same time. What an inspiration from the music. I enjoyed reading this and my heart goes out yo that precious young lady who wlrote the words on her prison wall.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one rasta1!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Denise!!

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      Marvin Parke 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Very Sad. I appreciate your artistic expression and emotions.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this piece tillsontitan!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hey Jamie--always a pleasure!! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one Jo!

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      Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

      This is such a touching poem, Audrey, and the music is just haunting. It's a beautiful tribute to the words written on Helena's cell wall.

      One of my favorite lines: They bury themselves inside sinew and bones.

      You have created a visionary of the depths of cruelty in these inhumane, torturous deeds.

      Sharing. UP/U/I/B/A

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Everything about this hub is awe inspiring, from the 18 year old girl to the music, your poetry, and the video. I see Jamie voiced my opinions as well. Such beauty out of such sadness and tragedy.

      Voted all but funny.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Audrey, very moving work. The poetry, the story, and the music all worked together to offer a very emotional peice. Well done. Jamie

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      so very beautiful! You really shine with the challenge you were given,

      So sad too, reflective of a pain not easy to bear. Excellent!

      Shared and voted up for the great work you have achieved. :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one ubanijioke--it is painful

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you WritinginRichmond!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you LadyFiddler!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Jackie!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 2 years ago from Lagos

      Just painful...

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      WritingInRichmond 2 years ago

      Truly amazing work. Your words convey such a sense of sorrow and yearning. Well done!

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Interestingly beautiful Audrey , you always hit these poems off well. You so remind me of my hubber friend here Nellieanna Hay.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Such a unique piece of work, Audrey and better still sharing your inspiration and further explanation there. I know music first inspired my poetry away from the first writings I did that was only from pain and desperation. It was a very high point in my life and a cleansing of the soul I would say.

      Thank you for sharing that.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Wayne!! Hope you are doing well!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you DDE!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Paula!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much btrbell!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Alicia!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Flourish!

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      Wayne Barrett 2 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Audrey, you are simply a wonderful, unique, entertaining poet. Every time I read your work my mind begins to sizzle with new ideas.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Genna!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one lambservant--it is close to my heart

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Hauntingly lovely. Enjoyed and the music.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you James-Wolve!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you epbooks!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you manatita!

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Lovely. Really beautiful work.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Colin! Much appreciated!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you MsDora!!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So greatly thought of.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Peace be with all of us Michael-Milec--thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Chitrangada!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Annart!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you John. Actually, I looked at the challenge again, and realized that I didn't really do it--I did my own thing instead--so like me--not to pay attention to the little things--

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow, Audrey! Hauntingly beautiful! Thank you for sharing this and for the background/inspiration for the music. Up, awesome, beautiful and interesting!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This hub is beautiful, Audrey. I read the poem multiple times, becoming more engrossed each time I did so. The poem is very meaningful.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Stunning! The video was a perfect complement to your work.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This had me in tears, Audrey. No one writes poetry like you. You met the challenge well. Simply awe inspiring.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      STUNNING AND POIGNANT.

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Beautiful .Well done.I love challenges too :)

      Have nice day there!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hey Frank thank you for reading this one!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Faith Reaper--I think I actually tweaked his challenge a bit--bit this is what came out anyway.

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      Elizabeth Parker 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Beautiful words here!! You did great on your challenge :)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Profound and awe-inspiring. Nice touch that poem that inspired you and all praise to Bill. God bless.

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      Colin323 2 years ago

      Bravo. Your profound words complement the sublime music.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Such vivid expressions! Thanks for sharing such lovely poetry!

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Audrey,

      I am sitting in front of the computer which is front of the window and outside the window, the day is dark and sorrowful. I see the notification that hubs have been published. I click on your link and here awaiting me is a work of art. I will need to go back and find Bill's song challenge for I have not written anything of my own in such a long time and am in real need of that poet fix. I have been really busy editing work for other people. V+/Share for sure.

      Thank You!

      Kim

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello audreyhowitt.

      Inspiring. Powerful message of your poem as well as the music brings back memories of somberness we lived through the time of WW2.

      ( Sad though that tides of man's cruelty picking up in strength seldom return twice the same…)

      Voted up and interesting

      Peace with us.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, great poem.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice expressions!

      The video is so nice. Wonderful as always!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Audry, how many people stood looking out behind their cell,s praying for deliverance? This is so moving. The video perfect.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Haunting indeed. This is so beautiful, especially in the light of the WW1 commemorations. Music inspires so much and this takes us into that cell with that poor girl. Well done.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good work Audrey, you did Bill's challenge proud.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey one word.. WOW....

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Truly inspirational from sorrowful songs ... love it! Interesting and profound, Audrey. I love your reflection on the second movement of Gorecki's Symphony No. 3. Beautifully powerful music and video.

      I am behind on my reading, as I do not know of billybuc's challenge. You have surpassed it and beyond!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Trish!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Bill!

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      Trish 2 years ago

      These hands that chose love in the dark.

      That line reached out and pulled me close.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oops, sorry about that...thank you for taking the challenge. I was so mesmerized by the poem I forgot to thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      so does the music Bill! Thank you

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Your first words say it all....."they haunt." Beautiful my friend.