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Mediocre Lives

Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

by: hotblack

by: hotblack



My #28 for National Poetry Month


if i had walked through woods

on snowy days

when the light was fading through

trees

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

maybe

the mediocre would have been enough

if i had tethered myself

to the harbor of you.





© 2017 Audrey Howitt

Comments

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Martie!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Lisa!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Vellur!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Chitrangada!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Rasma!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Karen!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Debangee!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Linda!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Rachel!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you MsDora!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Mike

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you vasantha!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Bill!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Mary!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

A bit, yes Manatita--Thank you

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 24, 2019:

Thank you Flourish!

S P Austen from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada on April 29, 2018:

Well-worded, wistful and poignant, Audrey.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on March 12, 2018:

Thank you Peggy!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 04, 2018:

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.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 09, 2017:

Deep an worthy to ponder!

Lisa Chronister from Florida on May 26, 2017:

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

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 09, 2017:

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

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 04, 2017:

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

Congratulations and keep it up!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on May 03, 2017:

A most wonderful poem indeed.

Dari Arrington on May 02, 2017:

This is nice.

Karen Hellier from Georgia on May 01, 2017:

Beautiful poem Audrey. Thanks for sharing.

DEBANGEE MANDAL from India on May 01, 2017:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 30, 2017:

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

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on April 30, 2017:

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

Blessings to you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 30, 2017:

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.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 30, 2017:

Hi Audrey - very artistic

vasantha T k from Bangalore on April 30, 2017:

Beautiful poetry.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 30, 2017:

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

Mary Wickison from Brazil on April 30, 2017:

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?

manatita44 from london on April 29, 2017:

Sweet and charming. A romantic touch?

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 29, 2017:

What a statement! I love it!