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Dentals and Fricatives

Updated on August 26, 2016

she has learned to speak again

or so i was told

lips moving in clouded atrophy

around dentals and fricatives

her heart winding its alarm clock

pausing just half past the hour

to take stock

of the drooling conglomerate

which once housed a reed

joy across octaves

her voice, a magnet


physical therapy at half past

she dreads pitying looks

charted notes

and though she sputters words as directed

she can also chant them

her under-exercised voice clear

on A flat

"F___ you--there's a fricative for you"

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© 2016 Audrey Howitt

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      Audrey Howitt 10 months ago from California

      Thank you Deb!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      That is so hard Rasma--love and patience--thank you for your visit and kind words!

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      Deb Hirt 13 months ago

      I think THAT clearly says it all. Excellent.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 14 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most emotional poetry. It is a journey that is so difficult. Makes me think of my mom. As much as I miss her I know she is happier being with my dad. Toward the end of her life I was asked so many difficult questions such as - Where was I born? Where is my younger sister? This from my mom who once of course knew where I was born and that I was an only child.

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      I think we all wonder that Flourish--I know that I do too--thank you for your kind words!

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Nithya Venkat 14 months ago from Dubai

      Touched my heart, powerful filled with emotion.

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Loved it. All too familiar with it with some of the people in my life. sometimes I look at them and see little semblance, caricatures even of the people they once were. And of course I wonder if that's the way I'm headed too.

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      I love senior moments! I did find it! Thank you!

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      Catherine Giordano 14 months ago from Orlando Florida

      I meant "Embracing My Inner Crone" not "Accepting." Just one of those senior moments. I'm glad to see you found the poem anyway.

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you Catherine! Will do!

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      Catherine Giordano 14 months ago from Orlando Florida

      It's true age robs us of so much, but it gives us new talents as well. If you get a chance, take a look at my poem "Accepting My Inner Crone." It is posted here on HubPages. It's light poetry, meant to be funny.

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you Audrey! I wish I did too!

      Frank, you are kind--thank you!

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      Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

      Loved it Audrey.. Loved It!!!!

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      Audrey Hunt 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      My interpretation - the awful truth about dementia. My younger sister has dementia. Sadly it has stolen our relationship. My heart aches for the sister I once knew. Your poem is full of empathy and understanding...I wish I had more of both.

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you AliciaC! I hesitated to put this one up here, but dementia isn't always pretty. It can be wrenching--

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      Linda Crampton 14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is powerful and very sad, Audrey. I hope this isn't the case, but it sounds like you're talking about someone that you know. Though the situation was a little different, your poem reminds me about the problems faced by someone that I knew in my past. Thank you for sharing the very effective poem.