Wine Sunsets

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we were raised on wasps

cleaned our teeth with stingers

after feasting

on poisons left behind

in pockets carefully lined

with the plumes of vagrancy

we tasted the wine left behind

at parties where

only the best mingled

clothed in customary blanketed emotions

sweeping aside alien lovers

ducking under tables

we laughed at them

turning our teeth outward

to fetch flies

circling in fathomless trajectories

at sunset.

© 2016 Audrey Howitt

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mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

There is a richness here, not often found.

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FlourishAnyway 8 weeks ago from USA

You probably didn't intend this at all, but this makes me think of rats hiding out at a fancy party or at the fringes of polite society mocking those who would be disgusted if only they knew. They're waiting for a feast of crumbs.

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Jodah 8 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

I like Flourish's take on this poem. Reminded me of a Salvadore Dali painting. Very appealing.

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always exploring 8 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

I thought of the poor waiters who watched the wealthy eat and drink wine, hoping they would leave a taste to savor. Very creative!

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billybuc 8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

I have run out of words to describe your exquisite poetry. You truly are a wonderful talent.

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juneaukid 8 weeks ago from Denver, Colorado

Richly imagistic poem that works on the imagination.

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Rachel L Alba 8 weeks ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

It reminded me of pretty little fairies flying around and nobody sees them.

Blessings to you, Audrey.

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AudreyHowitt 8 weeks ago from California Author

Thank you Mike!

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manatita44 8 weeks ago from london

This one was painted most powerfully! A strong, sensitive poem. Brilliant!

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Faith Reaper 8 weeks ago from southern USA

Brilliant, Audrey!

Your words certainly paint a visual.

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cat on a soapbox 8 weeks ago from Los Angeles

Our invisible demons are rarely absent! I love your imagination, Audrey, and your mastery of words. It's always a pleasure to read your work!

My best to you, Cat:)

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AliciaC 8 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your poem is filled with vivid and intriguing imagery, Audrey. I get new ideas each time I read it. Thank you!

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cclitgirl 7 weeks ago from Western NC

Beautiful! I have always, always loved your poetry with its beautiful images. I don't know what it is, but I find it more approachable than other poetry: you just have a way with words that takes me to another world and I love it! I've missed you!

Peggy Woods 7 weeks ago

That line about the party attendees "clothed in customary blanketed emotions" is so apt. Many people behave differently in social situations compared to when they are relaxed at home. Your poetry brings up many different thoughts and ideas after reading it. I also agree with FlourishAnyway as to her thoughts about the rats. Well done Audrey!

Audrey Hunt 7 weeks ago

Magical! You, lady, are the Einstein of poetry with Mozart as a backup!

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MsDora 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

Dramatic and playful! Excellent poetry.

Deb Hirt 5 weeks ago

The feast begins at the proper time in a most unsupplicated way.

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Vellur 4 weeks ago from Dubai

A string of images passed through my mind as I read your brilliant poem. Great write.

DDE 4 weeks ago

A lovely poem and so filled with beauty.

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