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5:00 p.m.

Updated on April 13, 2015
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Nadja Sellrup and Pascal Jansson in a 2010 production of Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Swedish Opera, Carl Thorborg Kungliga Operan
Nadja Sellrup and Pascal Jansson in a 2010 production of Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Swedish Opera, Carl Thorborg Kungliga Operan | Source

My #13 for National Poetry Month



it is the cusp of time

that when singled out

leaves me breathless

anticipating the turning.


it pivots

en pointe,

leaning into curvatures

left over by time's passing.

if i can

i will fit my back

just so

into its apex

and watch the night unfold.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2015

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Alicia!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Cornelia!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi Vicky! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Manatita!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Lee!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Annart! I wanted to be a novelist!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Mike--but I don't think I could write that much!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you suzettenaples!!

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I think, you should consider every month as poetry month.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Harishprasad! I so appreciate your read and comments!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another very lovely poem, Audrey. You have a unique way of looking at life.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi Frank! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Patty! This one was a joy to write!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Ann! I don't know--I just write--and a lot of it is terrible, but sometimes things work well--

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Absolutely beautiful; how do you do it, Audrey?!

      Ann

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Excellent poem!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Very beautifully written. So graceful!

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Again, beautiful poem. I love the ballet metaphor! Just lovely.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      5:00 pm is a wonderful time of the day, I agree. It's time for the old body to wind down and recoup from the day.

      Lovely poem. Voted it UP.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Delightful poem again, Audrey. I adore your poetry :)

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      I lost count of the amount of times i read this wonderful piece, a great poem, voted up , thanks, Lee

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is beautiful, one more of your best. I loved it!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great write, your writings always draws me in to the images that you paint so well with your words. Voted up.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      How easily you take us there! Another beautiful addition to Poetry Month.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey, I just love your 5:00 PM.. awesome

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      What I wonder about life, I find glimpses of that in your poetry. Wonderful to feel the pulse of time in these beautiful verses ! How graceful you make everything including the sheer darkness that is night ! Voted up. Thank you.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      another beauty, particularly the description about the night unfolding!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      You have structured the poem to show the movement of the dance. Beautifully crafted. Almost halfway there. I may be wearing down. Jamie

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      This is delightful! I enjoy the descriptions in literature of folding and unfolding time. This is one of yours is a new favorite.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you ArtDiva!

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      I read one of your poems and lose myself among the words. Another poem, so nicely crafted.