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Transformation of Desire

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

by: Jusben

by: Jusben

My #9 for National Poetry Month

no one holds the grub

who founders

at the stub of an old tree.

it must find its own way home


trailing its existence


i feel its transformation

an experiment in exoskeleton devolution

this sloughing off

of the pre-existant

to find what is


like a flower, withered

its leaves finding turf

i gather what i have left

before the instinct to root


i fan out each petal,

desire unspoken

set it it on fire

watch the glow.

© 2017 Audrey Howitt


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 11, 2017:

Feels like I watched transformation in slow motion. It is refreshing and empowering.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 11, 2017:

Hi Audrey - Keep them coming. Your poetry sketches such quick images.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on April 11, 2017:

Wonderful poem Audrey. Each time it is read there is a new truth with wisdom with the imagery in my mind.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 10, 2017:

Thank you manatita!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 10, 2017:

Absolutely love this creative poem. Great ending verse.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 10, 2017:

I don't know what to say. This is so good as to defy comment, so I'll just shut up and read it again.

Kimbally Torres from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 10, 2017:

Wonderful poem. I enjoyed reading it.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 09, 2017:

Beautiful lines, very memorable. I thought of the grubs Elias and I were saving while I pulled weeds. jamie

whonunuwho from United States on April 09, 2017:

I enjoyed this piece my friend. Blessings. whonu

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 09, 2017:

Thank you Coffeequeen!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 09, 2017:

I enjoy reading your poems. The words are beautiful.

manatita44 from london on April 09, 2017:

Hard to set on fire ... watch the glow...

Exquisite piece!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 09, 2017:

" Trailing it's existence behind " Silvery slime! Only you could write about this in such a beautiful way..Bravo..

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