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Tenterhooks and Lies

Updated on April 7, 2017
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

by: anncam
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My #7 for National Poetry Month


i find that lies are a bit like tuna fish

good only for a little bit of time

before they stink

on a hot afternoon


she told them often

lining hair's vibrato

with their residue

forcing others to eat them

without notice


until left alone

her nose could no longer discern

one from the other.

© 2017 Audrey Howitt

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      FlourishAnyway 6 weeks ago from USA

      I LOVE this. I can almost smell the stink. And yes, it can be construed as political if that's your mindset. But lies are so common that it's also a comment on everyday living.

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      manatita44 6 weeks ago from london

      Another masterpiece. You're on a role!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 6 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Nicely expressed and it shows how our thinking and imagination is influenced by what's happening around.

      Great work!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      My mama always told me, " Tell a lie and it will come back and bite you in the ass. " I am prone to believe that's the stinking truth...Ha..Good one!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love it!

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      Lori Colbo 6 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      I had to plug my nose while reading. That's a compliment in this case. Great write.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      OK Audrey! I'm loving this one. (Actually I love all your poetry.) Clever and timely.

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      mckbirdbks 6 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Audrey - There are flashes of genius in your work.

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      Peggy Woods 6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      You always pack such meaning into your short poems Audrey. Love how your mind works! Comparing the telling of lies to old smelly tuna fish is brilliant. Both are unpleasant realities.

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