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12 Gauge

Updated on April 11, 2013
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

you sit before me

the seal of therapy

stamped on each disclosure


you speak of death

so casually

a 12 gauge


you were pumped


no one messes with you


and you tell me

how you shot them

the men who messed you up

how you stopped to reload

before starting again

their bodies pulpy at the end


you even smiled at me

your message

clear


don’t worry

i won’t mess with you


after we finish

i throw up

and cry in a corner

of the bathroom floor

for the people you killed

and for you


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Theresa--I am trying to get caught up on comments!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you tirelesstraveler!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Rasma! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Justin!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hope you are well Ruby!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Nikki!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Wayne!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Mike!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thanks Frank!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Vinaya! Thank you! Hope you are well!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      J Kim--just realized I haven't read anything of your in a while--hope you are well!

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      WOW! This is such a different side of you, and I love it. Very Powerful! Voted Up!

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Extraordinarily powerful, the tone and imagery are perfect and the being sick and weeping at the end is the only appropriate response. Very, very well- expressed. Theresa

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Powerful. The message comes right at you and I can picture a 12 gauge smoking.....

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      This is exactly the response all gun violence should provoke no matter if you have a gun or not. If you have to use a gun to protect yourself or if you hear about a shooting you are just sick if any other response comes from that news.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Audrey,

      Last year, I tried to follow your poems for poetry month, but this year, owing to my rigorous writing for Apprentice Program, I have been unable to read your poems.

      In any case, I will try to catch up with your pace.

      Cheers

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      As usual, Audrey, this was very good!

      a 12 gauge

      you were pumped

      really nice word play!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      I can literally feel the psychosis and danger! Sharing!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Chilling read, reminds me of the mass killings althought a 12 gage was much too tame..Dark..I like dark!......

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      Nikki Wicked 5 years ago from Louisiana

      This is deep. and well written. It can almost be read as if from the point of view of the shot gun itself. or if you were the holder of the gun. and you realized what you have done in the end and couldnt handle it. Great poem.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Audrey, WOW he sounds like one bad dude. Well done !

      Have a awesome weekend my friend !

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      This one is dangerous, Audrey. Don't mess with him or her. And make sure the 12 gauge is nowhere near.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Theater girl!

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Oh boy. The lady of many moods! Great one.

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      Wayne Barrett 5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Sounds like a prologue to a thriller! This is something different than I have seen from you! Keep it up...

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Tough rugged reality, of a harsh but true experience of coutless lillions of lost souls, and those who bear the very unfortunate burden. Powerful poem Audrey, thumbs up and out!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      anytime Audrey bless you

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hey Jools! Thank you so much for reading this one!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you again Frank!!! Hate the typo thing!

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      Jennifer 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Oh my goodness! So compelling, and elicited so many vicseral emotions as I read it!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Frank--let me go back and look--

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey you are on fire.. hey one thing I think you meant no one messes.. you wrote no on messes.. if im wrong sorry :( but great stuff

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Kelly--a more controversial side to me perhaps

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I did get creepy shivers while I read this! Great job!!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      You sound like you were a captive audience against your will. Succinct and chilling - hits the mark on all fronts.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this Nellieanna--I suppose that is a good thing--when I reread this, I realized how disturbing it is--but so is violence of all kinds--

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      This gives me chills up & down my spine - literally. It's simply not anything to leave one bland. (shudder)

      wow.

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