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Scrubbed Clean

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

by: hotblack

by: hotblack

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


Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 29, 2017:

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 from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 23, 2017:

Hello Audrey - Scrubbed clean indeed. Quite the metaphor.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 20, 2017:

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

Mary Wickison from Brazil on April 20, 2017:

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 from Texas on April 20, 2017:

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 from India on April 20, 2017:

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

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on April 20, 2017:

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.

Suzie from Carson City on April 19, 2017:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 19, 2017:

This was excellent.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 19, 2017:

Thank you Ruby!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 19, 2017:

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

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 19, 2017:

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!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 19, 2017:

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

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on April 19, 2017:

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

manatita44 from london on April 19, 2017:

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

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 19, 2017:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2017:

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

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