Scrubbed Clean

Updated on April 19, 2017
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

by: hotblack
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My #19 for National Poetry Month


each day she looked in the mirror

held it out to see

the front and back of her

the sides she knew less well


each day she washed the parts she could see

touched each with cloth

woven from grace

garnered on street corners

a dollar here and there.


spare change and grace

rattled in her pockets

bumping against each other

as she walked in the rain.













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      • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        22 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        Ah, yes know her well. Unfortunately she seems to be just a few steps behind me but perhaps I will have luck to turn things around.

      • mckbirdbks profile image

        mckbirdbks 

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

        Hello Audrey - Scrubbed clean indeed. Quite the metaphor.

      • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Howitt 

        22 months ago from California

        Hi Mary--In answer to your question, most of the time I write first and then find an image I like--that was the case here--sometimes though an image will strike me and I will use it as a prompt --but that is fairly rare for me

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        Mary Wickison 

        22 months ago from Brazil

        Can I ask, do you start with an image and use this as inspiration or write first and look for an image?

        The images you choose seem to blend perfectly with your writing.

      • Shyron E Shenko profile image

        Shyron E Shenko 

        22 months ago from Texas

        Grace seems to go where the lonely go

        In winter trudging through the ice and snow

        Summer sometimes is worse

        When the hostile hot winds blow

        But, here is what I know

        Grace is from our Savior

        Telling me we have His Favor

        *

        Beautiful poem Audrey

        Blessings my friend

      • Debangee Mandal profile image

        DEBANGEE MANDAL 

        22 months ago from India

        A wonderful illustration of a warm -hearted, responsible, good-natured women. Well done!

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        Audrey Hunt 

        22 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        A brilliant title for a brilliant poem! When I see women such as this I just want to take them home and help in some way.

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        Paula 

        22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        To say so very much in so few words, is truly a gift! Beautiful as always, Audrey.......

      • FlourishAnyway profile image

        FlourishAnyway 

        22 months ago from USA

        This was excellent.

      • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Howitt 

        22 months ago from California

        Thank you Ruby!

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        22 months ago from Southern Illinois

        Beautiful Audrey! You painted a picture depicting the inequality in our world. It moved me. Thank you..

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        Kristen Howe 

        22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

        Audrey, great poem. I loved the poetic message and the visual images out of it. You do have a way of words for poetry. Kudos!

      • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Howitt 

        22 months ago from California

        Good question Mark. I am not sure I know the answer

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        Mark Tulin 

        22 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Do you think it's her spirituality or the help from others that keeps her going? Or do you think it's something else.

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        manatita44 

        22 months ago from london

        A good woman indeed! According to Bill. We are all innately good. Just doing our journeys, sometimes necessary for growth or progress.

      • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Howitt 

        22 months ago from California

        I have known her as well Bill--Thank you!

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        Bill Holland 

        22 months ago from Olympia, WA

        I've known her in my lifetime. She was a good woman. :)

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