Silent Troubadour

Updated on November 3, 2017
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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Lie gently

upon my breast

O troubadour

whose song

was cruelly cut


and fashion thou

a nest

in skin's crevices

to hold at bay

the fierce darkness


thou didst captivate

mine ear

mine heart

with your guileless song


a recompense

short

innocent.

© 2016 Audrey Howitt

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    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      18 months ago from California

      Thank you Patty--I am recovering nicely!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      18 months ago from California

      Thank you Paula--I am doing well!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      19 months ago from California

      Thank you Missy!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      19 months ago from California

      Thank you Chitrangada!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      19 months ago from California

      Thank you Nellieannna!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      19 months ago from California

      Thank you MsDora!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      19 months ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      19 months ago from California

      Thank you John!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      19 months ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      19 months ago from California

      Thank you Shyron--hope you are well

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      Audrey Howitt 

      19 months ago from California

      Thank you Genna!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      19 months ago from California

      Thank you Nell!

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      Nell Rose 

      20 months ago from England

      Oh wow! just my kind of poetry! loved it!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      20 months ago from California

      Thank you Bill!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      20 months ago from California

      Thank you Mike!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      20 months ago from California

      Thank you Linda!

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      Genna East 

      21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Audrey, your poetry is always stunning, and takes my breath away. Such beautiful work! :-)

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      21 months ago from Texas

      Audrey, beautifully written, emotion awakening, gently spoken, touching and lovely.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      22 months ago from Dubai

      A beautiful poem! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Sending lots of prayers for a safe surgery and a speedy recovery.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Song cruelly cut" conjures up some grief for me, but the recompense though short adds some gratitude to the mix. l love the feeling!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      22 months ago from TEXAS

      Yes, Audrey! Those instruments are so wonderful and the voices blend like major instruments to create the entire tone and mood of the music. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Linda Crampton 

      22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another lovely poem, Audrey. Best wishes for your surgery. I hope you recover quickly and that your pain is relieved.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      Thank you Carb Diva!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      Thank you tsmog!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      Thank you Rasma! To you as well!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      Loved this Nellieanna! I have heard the soprano before--she does quite a bit of early music I think--the counter tenor was new to me--what a beautiful tone!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      22 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Just lovely Audrey. Merry Christmas to you and yours and an inspirational 2017.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      22 months ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Audrey! I thought you might enjoy this troubadour music, (feel free to delete it if you wish, though.) :

      https://youtu.be/GJtLj3nmr_Q

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      Tim Mitchell 

      22 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Beautiful and captivating too. Christmas blessings be upon.

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      Linda Lum 

      22 months ago from Washington State, USA

      With so few words you capture such emotion--you truly have a gift. Thank you for sharing with us.

      May you have a blessed Christmas.

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      Hi Nellieanna--Thank you--I think the troubadour is metaphorical--at least that was my intention when I wrote the piece--but for each reader, the troubadour may be different

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      22 months ago from TEXAS

      Beautiful, Audrey! Beautiful and so meaningful.

      You've stirred my curiosity about whether the 'troubadour' is a person or a spirit. When I wrote a somewhat similar poem, titled "Tiny Messenger", it was about my muse, Emily Dickinson.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      Hi Ann! Thank you! Happy holidays to you!!

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      Ann Carr 

      22 months ago from SW England

      Another stunning poem, Audrey. So beautifully penned and a beautiful illustration.

      Good luck with your surgery and here's wishing you a swift recovery.

      Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Recipe for a perfect Sunday morning: a cup of mocha and one of your poems.

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      Missy Smith 

      22 months ago from Florida

      I always love how you capture great emotion with beautiful and simplistic verses. I can honestly say that I do not possess the talent to write in this way. I believe you are a very gifted and unique poetess. Lovely!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      22 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful poem and so good to see your hub after a long time.

      Thanks and have a blessed day!

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      John Hansen 

      22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well, I know I commented on this enjoyable piece of poetry, but alas it has not shown up. Good work anyway, Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      Thank you Jackie!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      22 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Never been to Europe but love to walk my favorite hobby with my camera) so I understand that completely. Here's to a new year for both of us enjoying the great outdoors many many hours!

      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      Jackie you crack me up but thank you for your encouraging words--I am looking forward to being in less pain--I will eventually need to do the other hip as well, but in between, I would like to get out and do some hiking and biking and maybe tromp around Europe again with my husband, David.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      22 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh lord where is my mind...I meant they had hip surgery....now I am done being crazy...I may need brain surgery!

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      Paula 

      22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Audrey.....Only very gifted poets can create like you do....simply beautiful.

      All the latest & advanced medical procedures are top notch & following orders, your recovery will be smooth and complete. I wish you well! Relax through the Holidays and have a Merry one! Peace, Paula

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      22 months ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Best wishes and prayers for a full recovery!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, I'm so sorry. Here's wishing you a quick recovery. I love your poetry!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      22 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Oops again, scars in palms... that look like palm lines. I remember years ago my older brother having the same surgery with stitches way up his arm and he said it was worse, not better, so they have come a long way. My other two surgeries were spine, cervical and lumbar and I was just there a few hours after surgery to make sure all was going well.

      You will be fine, just relax. That is what I made myself do on my first one and nothing I like better than being knocked out since for my two babies my doctor would not allow it! What can be worse than that? ! Also my mom and mom-in-law had spine surgery and both went very well. They neither had any after problems after that, and they were in their 80s so please know it will go well.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      Thank you Mike!

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      mckbirdbks 

      22 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Beautiful piece of writing. Wishing you a quick recovery from your up coming surgery.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      Wow! 4? Jackie, you are a trooper! This will be my first and I am terrified

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      22 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Oops deleted by mistake, sorry, was just hoping your surgery goes well and saying I have had 4 so far and last two were carpal tunnel in both arms and all I have to show is tiny scars in pals and no more pain. Outpatients even! No laying around in bed after surgery anymore, huh?

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      I have missed you too Ruby! It was a busy fall--and I am having hip surgery in a month--so it should be a time for me to read and write and catch up a bit!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      " Fashion thou a nest in skin's crevices, to hold at bay the fierce darkness. " Simply beautiful! I missed you....

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      It is good to see old friends!!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      22 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh you have and I really have too, just seems all the friends have flown away and made it a sad place.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      22 months ago from California

      Thank you Jackie!! I am trying to write a bit more right now and have been absent from here too long

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      22 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Very beautiful Audrey in such few words. I truly enjoyed it.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      22 months ago from USA

      So beautiful! What talent you have!

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