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.

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      • Stephen Austen profile image

        S P Austen 

        9 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

        Well-worded, wistful and poignant, Audrey.

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        Audrey Howitt 

        11 months ago from California

        Thank you Peggy!

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        Peggy Woods 

        11 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 

        16 months ago from South Africa

        Deep an worthy to ponder!

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        Lisa Chronister 

        21 months ago from Florida

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

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        Nithya Venkat 

        21 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 

        21 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 

        21 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        A most wonderful poem indeed.

      • Dari Arrington profile image

        Dari Arrington 

        21 months ago

        This is nice.

      • Karen Hellier profile image

        Karen Hellier 

        21 months ago from Georgia

        Beautiful poem Audrey. Thanks for sharing.

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        21 months ago from India

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

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        Linda Crampton 

        21 months 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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        Rachel L Alba 

        21 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 

        21 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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        22 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hi Audrey - very artistic

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        vasantha T k 

        22 months ago from Bangalore

        Beautiful poetry.

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        Bill Holland 

        22 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 

        22 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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        22 months ago from london

        Sweet and charming. A romantic touch?

      • FlourishAnyway profile image


        22 months ago from USA

        What a statement! I love it!


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