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A Chocolate Sky

Updated on August 11, 2015
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She pulled down bits of leaves

weaving them into clothes

under the walnut tree that had shaded her,

its sap filling her with stories.


She lay in grasses,

feeding veins to grubs beneath a chocolate sky;

each day, the sky migrating to oranges and yellows in its passing.


But when the sky turned red, she hid behind her eyes

turning over thoughts

until they sifted through the air in front of her,

sticking onto cheeks and lips.

forming and reforming in the wind as she turned

her thoughts toward home

and waited

for the sun to pull its way

to the ground beneath her.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you Mark--I appreciate your kind words

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      Mark Tulin 14 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you for that beautiful painting of words.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Kevin!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi Mike! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Genna--Glad you liked this one!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi Vicky! Thank you so much for your visit! How are you???

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Thelma! I am so glad that you enjoyed this piece

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you AnnArt!

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      Kevin Goodwin 2 years ago

      Thank-you for sharing.

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

      You are an entracer with flowing imagery.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Audrey...your words always take my breath away. The layers of symbolism and imagery weave a profound tapestry that is delicate yet powerful. You are such a talented poet!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Annanovice--this was a joy to write

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent...your material is so profound, and I really enjoy it, as it actually brings me to deep relaxation.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary! Hope you are doing well!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Flourish! Happy Friday to you!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Alicia! It was a fun write really!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one MizBejabbers and for the kind words--

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Your words are always beautiful the way you weave them together. I had to read this one twice!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Blossom! Much appreciated!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      What a lovely poem! The chocolate sky is amazing to look at.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A truly beautiful poem that has much more going on underneath than at first appears.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Wonderful! A chocolate sky is such a great image. You always come up with something amazing and often startling, Audrey.

      Ann

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Just Beautiful. You had me at the Title!!

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Splendid imagery! Voted way up and sharing!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The imagery in this poem is intriguing, as in all your poems, Audrey. Thank you for sharing such an interesting hub.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      With a chocolate sky, all we needed was a vanilla moon. You had my mouth watering. Voted up and beautiful

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Cyndi10!! How in the heck are ya??? Miss you

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you MsDora!

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      Cynthia B Turner 2 years ago from Georgia

      So descriptive! The poem makes you feel as if you are the character experiencing the changing sky. Very beautiful.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your title phrase makes me put on my thinking cap. Your lines and your content are always captivating!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank! And poet is fine I think (she said with a smile!)

      Thank you Kim!!

      Drbj--thank you so much--I think this title works--and usually titles give me fits

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      You know, Audrey, with a title like 'The Chocolate Sky,' you had my complete and dedicated attention. Excellent imagery, m'dear.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Audrey,

      You never disappoint. Lovely!

      Kim

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey you will always be my favorite poet.. poetress? Love your work

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you whonu!

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Audrey, your true poet is shining through. whonu

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Mel!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you juneaukid!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      You really do have some beautiful imagery in your poems. You manage to paint a vivid picture in just a few spare words. Great poem!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 2 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I enjoyed the rich imagery of this poem. Thanks for sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you teaches! Thank you Jo!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Audrey, this is wonderful poetry. I was thinking mother earth as I read, but there is more to this multi-layer poem. Exquisite as always.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      The title leads you into the poem ti curiously read the lines. It seems a bit sad yet has deep meaning.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!--Home is on my mind these days I think--

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you John!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you FaithReaper!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Bill!

      Thank you anemixlarie!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      A chocolate sky brings a storm to mind but not with this piece. Still thinking of home and getting there. Like everyone else, I believe you are a poet with deep and meaningful thoughts.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Oh, I love .this poem Audrey. This is perhaps my favourite among all of your great works. Thank you.

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      Anemix 2 years ago

      it's lovely! :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, my, this is splendid, Audrey! You are certainly one of the finest poets here on HP ...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I never grow tired of your poetry. You get my Hubbie vote for best poet.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you both --alahiker28--and yes Rachel, please take this wherever you would like--

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      The Chocolate Sky made my imagination run. Did you have a certain subject in mind or could we create our own? I voted up and beautiful.

      Blessings to you.

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      Vicki Parker 2 years ago from the Deep South

      beautiful!

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