Poetry's Younger Brother

Updated on April 10, 2017
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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My #10 for National Poetry Month

if i have to write pretty today

i might scream, pull out my hair

and yell obscenities into the wind

let it carry them

to the next town over.

rain pounds, pushes at soil

that gives way every time.

i push at thoughts

that i usually push

under blankets.

it is a gut thing, tangled,

housed between my toes

and my breath.

it is a chemical chord

tied deep in flesh, this

synesthesia, seeing words as colors

spill across a page

falling into some design

like Yahtzee dice falling out of cups,

control is illusory.

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      • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Howitt 

        22 months ago from California

        I do too Flourish--and I write a lot of that kind--but sometimes I find that people like the "pretty" stuff more--sigh

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        Audrey Howitt 

        22 months ago from California

        Sometimes, the pretty stuff makes me want to spit nails Mike--Thank you!

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        Audrey Howitt 

        22 months ago from California

        Thank you Bill!

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        22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Audrey.....It's really just all that youthful, positive energy within, fighting and kicking to flow from you, into the world. Of course you must express it and your readers love it when you do!! Paula

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        22 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        Most creative. I see Audrey that your muses are taking you on different poetic journeys. Mine are too and I enjoy seeing what they come up with all the time. Looking forward to your next.

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        Dora Weithers 

        22 months ago from The Caribbean

        Deep thoughts exquisitely phrased. Beautiful and meaningful.

      • always exploring profile image

        Ruby Jean Richert 

        22 months ago from Southern Illinois

        Some days I feel I have no control, writing through them, as you say, helps elevate the stress. Another thought provoking write...

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        Bill Holland 

        22 months ago from Olympia, WA

        The last two lines are brilliant! I want to steal them and use them in several novels...they are that brilliant!

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

        Hi Audrey - 'if i have to write pretty today' - what a great line

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        John Hansen 

        22 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Audrey, I can feel your angst. If I had committed to write a poem every day I'd be pulling out my hair (what little I have left). Good job.

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        Audrey Howitt 

        22 months ago from California

        Hi Rachel--yes--I am a restless soul by nature--and most of the time, I deal with it in a good way--sometimes, it interferes with what I do--and lately, I have been exceptionally restless

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        Rachel L Alba 

        22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        Hi Audrey, I was in bed and that is almost how I felt. It had to get up. I felt very restless and when I read your poem, it reminded me of that restless feeling. Is that what you meant?

        You are so good with words.

        Blessings to you.

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        Audrey Howitt 

        22 months ago from California

        You are right-I don't shy away from those moments threekeys--I try to write my way through them

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        Audrey Howitt 

        22 months ago from California

        Thank you manatita!

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        22 months ago from london

        Indeed! Beautiful as always!

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        22 months ago

        Poetry is about the whole gammut of our emotions. Good to see you don't shy away from those moments that try you.

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        22 months ago from USA

        I love poems filled with angst, frustration or intensity.

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        Lori Colbo 

        22 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        I love the Yahtzee dice falling out of cups. Another good write, Audrey.


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