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Silent Troubadour

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

Lie gently

upon my breast

O troubadour

whose song

was cruelly cut


and fashion thou

a nest

in skin's crevices

to hold at bay

the fierce darkness


thou didst captivate

mine ear

mine heart

with your guileless song


a recompense

short

innocent.

© 2016 Audrey Howitt

Comments

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on March 27, 2017:

Thank you Patty--I am recovering nicely!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on March 27, 2017:

Thank you Paula--I am doing well!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on March 22, 2017:

Thank you Missy!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on March 22, 2017:

Thank you Chitrangada!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on March 07, 2017:

Thank you Nellieannna!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on March 07, 2017:

Thank you MsDora!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on March 05, 2017:

Thank you Ruby!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on March 05, 2017:

Thank you John!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on March 02, 2017:

Thank you Vellur!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on March 02, 2017:

Thank you Shyron--hope you are well

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on February 28, 2017:

Thank you Genna!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on February 28, 2017:

Thank you Nell!

Nell Rose from England on February 09, 2017:

Oh wow! just my kind of poetry! loved it!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on February 08, 2017:

Thank you Bill!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on February 08, 2017:

Thank you Mike!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on February 05, 2017:

Thank you Linda!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 05, 2017:

Audrey, your poetry is always stunning, and takes my breath away. Such beautiful work! :-)

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 26, 2016:

Audrey, beautifully written, emotion awakening, gently spoken, touching and lovely.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 24, 2016:

A beautiful poem! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Sending lots of prayers for a safe surgery and a speedy recovery.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 20, 2016:

"Song cruelly cut" conjures up some grief for me, but the recompense though short adds some gratitude to the mix. l love the feeling!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on December 20, 2016:

Yes, Audrey! Those instruments are so wonderful and the voices blend like major instruments to create the entire tone and mood of the music. Glad you enjoyed it!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 20, 2016:

This is another lovely poem, Audrey. Best wishes for your surgery. I hope you recover quickly and that your pain is relieved.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 19, 2016:

Thank you Carb Diva!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 19, 2016:

Thank you tsmog!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 19, 2016:

Thank you Rasma! To you as well!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 19, 2016:

Loved this Nellieanna! I have heard the soprano before--she does quite a bit of early music I think--the counter tenor was new to me--what a beautiful tone!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 19, 2016:

Just lovely Audrey. Merry Christmas to you and yours and an inspirational 2017.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on December 19, 2016:

Thank you, Audrey! I thought you might enjoy this troubadour music, (feel free to delete it if you wish, though.) :

https://youtu.be/GJtLj3nmr_Q

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on December 19, 2016:

Beautiful and captivating too. Christmas blessings be upon.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 18, 2016:

With so few words you capture such emotion--you truly have a gift. Thank you for sharing with us.

May you have a blessed Christmas.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 18, 2016:

Hi Nellieanna--Thank you--I think the troubadour is metaphorical--at least that was my intention when I wrote the piece--but for each reader, the troubadour may be different

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on December 18, 2016:

Beautiful, Audrey! Beautiful and so meaningful.

You've stirred my curiosity about whether the 'troubadour' is a person or a spirit. When I wrote a somewhat similar poem, titled "Tiny Messenger", it was about my muse, Emily Dickinson.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 18, 2016:

Hi Ann! Thank you! Happy holidays to you!!

Ann Carr from SW England on December 18, 2016:

Another stunning poem, Audrey. So beautifully penned and a beautiful illustration.

Good luck with your surgery and here's wishing you a swift recovery.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Ann

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 18, 2016:

Recipe for a perfect Sunday morning: a cup of mocha and one of your poems.

Missy Smith from Florida on December 18, 2016:

I always love how you capture great emotion with beautiful and simplistic verses. I can honestly say that I do not possess the talent to write in this way. I believe you are a very gifted and unique poetess. Lovely!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 18, 2016:

Beautiful poem and so good to see your hub after a long time.

Thanks and have a blessed day!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 17, 2016:

Well, I know I commented on this enjoyable piece of poetry, but alas it has not shown up. Good work anyway, Audrey.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 17, 2016:

Thank you Jackie!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 17, 2016:

Never been to Europe but love to walk my favorite hobby with my camera) so I understand that completely. Here's to a new year for both of us enjoying the great outdoors many many hours!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 17, 2016:

Jackie you crack me up but thank you for your encouraging words--I am looking forward to being in less pain--I will eventually need to do the other hip as well, but in between, I would like to get out and do some hiking and biking and maybe tromp around Europe again with my husband, David.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 17, 2016:

Oh lord where is my mind...I meant they had hip surgery....now I am done being crazy...I may need brain surgery!

Suzie from Carson City on December 17, 2016:

Audrey.....Only very gifted poets can create like you do....simply beautiful.

All the latest & advanced medical procedures are top notch & following orders, your recovery will be smooth and complete. I wish you well! Relax through the Holidays and have a Merry one! Peace, Paula

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 17, 2016:

Best wishes and prayers for a full recovery!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 17, 2016:

Oh, I'm so sorry. Here's wishing you a quick recovery. I love your poetry!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 17, 2016:

Oops again, scars in palms... that look like palm lines. I remember years ago my older brother having the same surgery with stitches way up his arm and he said it was worse, not better, so they have come a long way. My other two surgeries were spine, cervical and lumbar and I was just there a few hours after surgery to make sure all was going well.

You will be fine, just relax. That is what I made myself do on my first one and nothing I like better than being knocked out since for my two babies my doctor would not allow it! What can be worse than that? ! Also my mom and mom-in-law had spine surgery and both went very well. They neither had any after problems after that, and they were in their 80s so please know it will go well.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 17, 2016:

Thank you Mike!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 17, 2016:

Beautiful piece of writing. Wishing you a quick recovery from your up coming surgery.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 17, 2016:

Thank you Flourish!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 17, 2016:

Wow! 4? Jackie, you are a trooper! This will be my first and I am terrified

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 17, 2016:

Oops deleted by mistake, sorry, was just hoping your surgery goes well and saying I have had 4 so far and last two were carpal tunnel in both arms and all I have to show is tiny scars in pals and no more pain. Outpatients even! No laying around in bed after surgery anymore, huh?

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 17, 2016:

I have missed you too Ruby! It was a busy fall--and I am having hip surgery in a month--so it should be a time for me to read and write and catch up a bit!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 17, 2016:

" Fashion thou a nest in skin's crevices, to hold at bay the fierce darkness. " Simply beautiful! I missed you....

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 17, 2016:

It is good to see old friends!!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 17, 2016:

Oh you have and I really have too, just seems all the friends have flown away and made it a sad place.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on December 17, 2016:

Thank you Jackie!! I am trying to write a bit more right now and have been absent from here too long

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 17, 2016:

Very beautiful Audrey in such few words. I truly enjoyed it.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 17, 2016:

So beautiful! What talent you have!

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