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We Bang The Drum Slowly

Updated on February 23, 2015
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Monasterio del Pueyo Barbastro, España, Juanedc
Monasterio del Pueyo Barbastro, España, Juanedc | Source



we mark each station with tears

and a prayer of sorrow

a turning inside

scouring our souls

to find a deeper sense of our own existence

a deeper well from which to draw empathy



we mark the songs of those tears

trailed in dust and blood

a reminder of the ferocity of life

flinging out hope with each cadenza

that grief will mark our way home




we bang the drum slowly

as heart dims

and darkness descends

our tears falling freely


like rain.




copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2014



I am reminded that today is Good Friday. And though I seldom write of religious themes, I feel that this day is marked with an inward journey for all who seek, regardless of religious affiliation


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      ArtDiva 3 years ago

      Read with "tears falling freely like rain" learning a friend with advanced Parkinson's Disease, now accompanied with dementia, being transferred to a memory care unit today...another soul, lost. Such beautiful words this day of days.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you SusannaDuffy!!

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      This evokes strong images. Beautiful

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you ubanicijioke!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      your words just came down like rain...

      Frank just echoed my thought on this. good job

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Blossom!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Jamie--tired today after teaching 5 lessons--and no poetry on the horizon!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Cyndi!! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Your poem is wonderful. I have always gotten a bit weepy on Good Friday and this year was no exception. Pearling your poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you suzettenaples!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Nell!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Bk42author!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you tsmog!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Jo!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Ruby! Thank you so much for your kind words!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Manitata!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A wonderful Easter poem.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Well done Audrey, you have been on your game this month. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Pamela!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one John! Happy Eater to you!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Oh this is awesome! Before I read about it being Good Friday, I kept thinking "awakening" and "Easter" - so well done!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A beautiful poem. Wishing you a,

      Happy Easter.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Patty!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      So beautifully done, Audrey.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is really beautiful, Audrey. We all look inward at our journey through life and this is so appropriate for Easter. Have a Happy Easter and the photo is beautiful also.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Beautifully done Audrey! Have a wonderful Easter, nell

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      Brenda Thornlow 4 years ago from New York

      Beautiful poem! Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you for sharing a reminder of what one day meant. Nice!

      tim

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Audrey, this is beautiful and so poignant, the tears are welling up as I read your words, but we know this story ends happily. Have a wonderful Easter.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree. The stations of the cross, how very beautiful!

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Yes, and a Happy Good Friday to you, Audrey, my Sweet Friend.

      Exquisite poem, made even more beautiful by its simplicity an ease of flow, like a river ...

      (Water is good always, but especially today) Smile!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      The perfect poem for Good Friday. I think it is perfect.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A beautiful poem for Easter, Audrey. Well done.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Your poem is an embodiment of the Stations of the Cross which service I attend Good Friday, even though I am not Catholic. Your poem and the Stations reveal beautiful inward journeys as we remember a painfully visible public journey on the Via Dolorosa.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      your words came down like rain...Love it

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear Audrey ~ You are so beautiful. Your beauty radiates throughout your poetry. Just this week, I have started on my inner journey "to find a deeper sense of my own existence." How amazing that you would create this message at this time.

      Love ~ Audrey too :)

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