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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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    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 8 weeks ago from USA

      What a statement! I love it!

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 8 weeks ago from london

      Sweet and charming. A romantic touch?

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      Mary Wickison 8 weeks 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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      Bill Holland 8 weeks 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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      vasantha T k 8 weeks ago from Bangalore

      Beautiful poetry.

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Audrey - very artistic

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 8 weeks 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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      Rachel L Alba 8 weeks 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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      Linda Crampton 8 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 8 weeks ago from India

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

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      Karen Hellier 8 weeks ago from Georgia

      Beautiful poem Audrey. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dari Arrington 7 weeks ago

      This is nice.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 7 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      A most wonderful poem indeed.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 7 weeks 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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      Nithya Venkat 6 weeks ago from Dubai

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

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      Lisa Williams 4 weeks ago

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

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