Mediocre Lives

Updated on April 29, 2017
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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My #28 for National Poetry Month

if i had walked through woods

on snowy days

when the light was fading through


making cocoons near dead wood,

i would have spent those afternoons

as a folded moth

about to push free.

if i had rolled between layers of dirt

to feel its warmth

on nights when love stuck hard

could i have let myself fly loose

on moon's filtered light

or does dirt trap

the fast lover

to a molded life of the mediocre.

if i had set clocks

back to feel

the push of youth again


the mediocre would have been enough

if i had tethered myself

to the harbor of you.

© 2017 Audrey Howitt


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    • Stephen Austen profile image

      S P Austen 

      5 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

      Well-worded, wistful and poignant, Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 months ago from California

      Thank you Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      This is certainly a thought provoking poem Audrey. To fly free and venture out on one's own or stay tethered to the present circumstances...that is the question made apparent to me after reading this. You certainly have a talent for expressing much in just a few words.

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      Martie Coetser 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      Deep an worthy to ponder!

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      Lisa Chronister 

      17 months ago from Florida

      Beautiful! Very nice read. Perfect flow and vivid imagery. Thank you for sharing!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      17 months ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed and the feeling of having safe harbor is always comforting and difficult to let go.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      17 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful poem as always! What great poetic contributions during the poetry month.

      Congratulations and keep it up!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      17 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A most wonderful poem indeed.

    • Dari Arrington profile image

      Dari Arrington 

      17 months ago

      This is nice.

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      Karen Hellier 

      18 months ago from Georgia

      Beautiful poem Audrey. Thanks for sharing.

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      18 months ago from India

      Beautiful , beautiful ! You are a gifted poet. I loved it .

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      Linda Crampton 

      18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love poetry like this that not only creates pictures in my mind but also makes me think.

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      18 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I really like this poem. It was almost lyrical. You have a gift.

      Blessings to you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      18 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thank God for National Poetry month which causes you to feed our taste for fine poetry with some of the best I've read. This one has me asking myself questions.

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

      Hi Audrey - very artistic

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      vasantha T k 

      18 months ago from Bangalore

      Beautiful poetry.

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      Bill Holland 

      18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my goodness! You perfectly captured the essence of love, when the mundane is suddenly more than enough.

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      Mary Wickison 

      18 months ago from Brazil

      Oh, the 'what if', who hasn't thought this? I often wonder if those who have, what others perceive as a perfect life through fame or fortune, crave mediocrity?

      Is the grass always greener or is it just a lack of contentment and gratitude which burns in some people?

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      18 months ago from london

      Sweet and charming. A romantic touch?

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      18 months ago from USA

      What a statement! I love it!


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