I had lunch recently at the Organic Cafe in Stirling with my dear friend Melissa, for my birthday. The date will be indelibly marked in my mind now, as she made a comment on my About page when we were there.
One of the women in critical condition from the London terrorist attack works in this cafe, I found out today (I don’t know her personally). I have been going there for years. It’s an institution now in the Adelaide hills.
Of course, there’s so much we could all say, and debate and whatever. But I just wanted to listen to this. So I thought I would share it.
I love this piece of music. I bought it on cassette years ago, it moved my young heart so deeply. The cries from an anguished heart, that is something we can all relate to.
(I am not Catholic, but if you are interested, here is the context, and these are the words, in Polish of course:
“Movement 2 – Lento e largo – tranquillissimo
The second movement is based on a message found scrawled on a Gestapo prison cell wall in 1944 by an 18 year old girl Helena Wanda Blazusiakówna:
No, Mother, do not weep,
Most chaste Queen of Heaven
Help me always.
It is heralded by a radiant set of chords that has made the whole work famous, but then quickly darkens. Again, the theme is motherhood, but this time, the child calls out to the mother, both actual and spiritual.”
And if you would like even more context: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)