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The Quarry (in Memory of a Fellow Worker)



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Lyrics by Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II). Music © 2009 Andre van Haren. Vocal arrangement and singing by Richard Schletty.

Born Karol Józef Wojtyla, John Paul II left his mark occupying the third longest pontificate in the history of the Church. Karol was born in Wadowice, a small city 35 miles southwest of Krakow, May 18, 1920. Upon graduation from high school in Wadowice in 1938, he and his father moved to Krakow where Karol entered the Jagiellonian University to study literature and philosophy. The Nazi occupation forces closed the university in 1939, and young Karol had to work in a quarry, and then in the Solvay chemical factory to earn his living and to avoid being deported to Germany.
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He wasn't alone.
His muscles grew into the flesh of the crowd, energy their pulse,
As long as they held a hammer, as long as his feet felt the ground.
And a stone smashed his temples and cut through his heart's chamber.
They took his body and walked in a silent line
Toil still lingered about him, a sense of wrong.
They wore gray blouses, boots ankle-deep in mud.
In this, they showed the end.
How violently his time halted: the pointers on the low voltage dials jerked, then dropped to zero again.
White stone now within him, eating into his being, taking over enough of him to turn him into stone.
Who will lift up that stone, unfurl his thoughts again under the cracked temples?
So plaster cracks on the wall.
They laid him down, his back on a sheet of gravel.
His wife came, worn out with worry; his son returned from school
Should his anger now flow into the anger of others?
It was maturing in him through his own truth and love
Should he be used by those who came after,deprived of substance, unique and deeply his own?
The stones on the move again; a wagon bruising the flowers.
Again the electric current cuts deep into the walls.
But the man has taken with him the world's inner structure,where the greater the anger, the higher the explosion of love.
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ShadowofNine said 2988 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
and a thorough good piece...well performed..Bravo
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RichardSchletty said 2986 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Many thanks
André and I appreciate your comments.
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Warren Smith said 2983 days ago (January 20th, 2011)
I can't believe how long this took to get posted. The wait is finally over.

This is a major piece of writing - so why haven't you posted the lyrics? There is so much going on in the story, I'm finding it difficult to follow the twists and turns without the text. It's hard hitting like a stonemason's hammer. Great last line - "The higher the anger/the greater the explosion of love."

Love the mix of spoken and sung words - it makes for great storytelling.
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