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.

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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.

© 2017 Audrey Howitt


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    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 11 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.

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Audrey - Scrubbed clean indeed. Quite the metaphor.

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      Audrey Howitt 12 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 12 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.

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 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

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 12 months ago from India

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

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      Audrey Hunt 12 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 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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      FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

      This was excellent.

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      Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 12 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 12 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!

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      Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

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

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      Mark Tulin 12 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 12 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.

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      Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

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

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

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