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Updated on April 5, 2017
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

by: phunkymatt
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My #5 for National Poetry Month


"Ya never know what a walk might bring"

her breath a sour mash of stained red

or maybe brown, hard to tell in the dark


neon blitz greens up a smile

that freezes insides

spits from between those greenies

pulls whiskey under blood shot eyes

winks


Insides thaw if you wait long enough

they wrap around

and hold you

grist

as greenies descend.


I didn't know, not for sure

but can guess.

I kick her pegged leg

on the way out.



Process Note: I was struck by this picture and the stories it could tell. I am not even sure that this is a poem, but this is what came out--a bit on the grisly side for me--




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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 weeks ago from Reno NV

      I love it Audrey...I would call this a poem...the word choice and the scene you create seem to build drama...Jamie

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      manatita44 2 weeks ago from london

      Yes. A dark one. I thought so while reading it. I do this with Flash sometimes.

      Comperes at Open Mic say never apologise for sad or dark stuff. They feel that's what the crowd wants. Who knows?

      Still painted well with your delicate brush.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 weeks ago from California

      Thanks Jamie--I think I am pushing the envelope a bit

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      Audrey Howitt 2 weeks ago from California

      Manatita, I appreciate your kind words--I have a darker side and rarely let it loose--thank all the years of reading Stephen King novels--

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      This one left me guessing but that's part of the mystery and fun.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      You've done a great job releasing your darker side. Thanks Audrey

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      I had to go take another look at the picture. I can see the dark from the leg/ foot scoop. So you wrote a dark one, only means you're human. Smiling....

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      Peggy Woods 2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Interesting poem to accompany that photo. Definitely on the dark side of things as you mentioned and described as "grisly."

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      This would fit perfectly in one of my novels. I'm into grisly big time, as you know. Great stuff; I really enjoyed this one.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 weeks ago from California

      It would fit into one of your novels Bill--thank you!

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      Mary Wickison 2 weeks ago from Brazil

      That image is gripping. When I read your poem I had to recheck to see if I had landed on another person's page! This is very different than your usual style.

      You're a versatile woman and poet.

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      Linda Crampton 2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The poem is a bit grisly, but it's also very interesting. I enjoyed reading a different style of poetry from you.

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      mckbirdbks 2 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Audrey - Here lay down on the couch, this needs serious psychoanalytic interpretation. Glad you admitted you are unsure of the meaning.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Different in mood and content, I think, but still shows your expertise at creating images. Variety is the spice of life--and poetry.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 weeks ago from California

      Thank you MsDora--it is a bit different!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 weeks ago from California

      You crack me up Mike! It often happens that I am not sure of the meaning--maybe I shouldn't admit that so readily--

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      Audrey Howitt 7 days ago from California

      Thank you Audrey Hunt!

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      Audrey Howitt 7 days ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!

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