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A Door Once Opened: A Response to BillyBuc's Challenge

Updated on January 29, 2015
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Taken by Bill Holland.
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Was it only yesterday,

we moved and cried

and held the earth close?

We knew her rhythms.

We bent our faces to touch her,

knowing her heart,

so intimately,

that ours beat in tandem.


Now we breathe her in memory.

A door once opened

cannot always be closed again.

They wither,

bending to demand and desire

until its shape

no longer discernible,

fades into shadow.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2015


Bill Holland has asked us to consider the Door to Nowhere --a picture he took, as a writing prompt. Oh and the response must start with: "Was it really only yesterday." This is my response.




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    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      12 months ago from California

      Thank you Happymommy!

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      Amy 

      21 months ago from East Coast

      Very creative and beautiful. The ending says it all. "Fades into shadow." Very good imagery of what the door depicts to us readers. Voted up! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one Shyron! It was a fun write and I appreciate your kind words

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      How beautiful Audrey, voted up, UABI and shared.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Hi Nell! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Blossom!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one bravewarrior! It is very sad-

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Chitrangada!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Thelma!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you AliciaC!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Hi Kim! Thank you! Hope you are well!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you fpher!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading and commenting Venkatachari M!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you PegCole17!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Nickkij!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Martie!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you MsDora! Hope all is well in your world!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you John!!

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Beautiful lines with so much deep meaning. I admire your skills. Voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Hi Genna! Thank you for reading this one!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you btrbell!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you annart!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you DDE!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Manatita!!

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      Genna East 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Words cannot do this poem justice in praise. This is beyond beautiful and profound; your words dwell in a special realm that is as unique as it is brilliant.

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      Audrey this is simply beautiful! Challenge or no, the thoughts you provoke with the beauty of your words!!!

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      3 years ago from Germany

      What a beautiful poem! Thanks for sharing.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Beautiful poem! what a great hub for Bills Challenge!

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful contrast between yesterday and now, glancing at tomorrow. You're an exceptional poet.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very beautiful, Audrey. I love your poetry!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      So lovely!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!

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      manatita44 

      3 years ago from london

      Simply brilliant!!

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      Peg Cole 

      3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Nice response to this challenge. I like the line,

      "A door once opened

      cannot always be closed again."

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Audrey......You always shine. No matter what the topic, you transform it into magic!...UP+++

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      So beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Hi Jackie--Thank you! I appreciate your kind words!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you pstraubie48!!

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      Martie Coetser 

      3 years ago from South Africa

      What an insightful message -

      They wither,

      bending to demand and desire

      until its shape

      no longer discernible...

      Beautiful, Audrey!

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      ocfireflies 

      3 years ago from North Carolina

      nicely done--still working on my response

      Kim

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      Nikki Wicked 

      3 years ago from Louisiana

      good work! I wrote a poem for this also

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      So beautiful, Audrey. It's a crying shame what we've done to our Earth. Mother Nature is crying.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A wonderful write to another challenge. I so enjoyed reading your great words .

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Wonderful and a nice twist on the 'Door to Nowhere'. I add my voice to the others here - you are so talented, Audrey.

      Ann

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      Randi Benlulu 

      3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Another great one, Audrey!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful poem and beautiful response to the challenge!

      Voted up and thanks!

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Nice poetic response to Bill's challenge Audrey. I agree with Jackie, you write with a unique pen.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey your door left me breathless loved it...:)

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thanks! Jackie!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautiful response in your own fashion that makes it so unique, Audrey! ^+

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Jo!

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      .There have been a few times when I wished I had left a door unopened...but so many I am thankful were opened.

      Lovely sentiments...

      Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

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      Brian Leekley 

      3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Awesome, and Beautiful. Since it is poetry, I don't understand it, but still like it a lot. Somehow it brought to mind my grandparents' log cabin, in which they lived for decades and then which, two owners later, was devoured by termites.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      3 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Once again, exquisitely beautiful. I started to write something, although I said I wouldn't, but after reading this, I think I'll just toddle off o bed. :).

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thanks ArtDiva!

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      ArtDiva 

      3 years ago

      While out working on my '60's modernist revival "trailer," I stopped to go through your door, once opened, as is the door I opened going back in time. Very nice.

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Hey Bill! Thank you! Now off to read some of the responses--I have a question for you. Each time I want to add a link here, I get a warning that the hub was going to be viewed as overly promotional or substandard--I wanted to link your hub to this one--but I notice that people to link--any insight on this??

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Hi Ruby! Thank you for reading this one! Hope you are doing well today!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful poetry addition to Bill's challenge. I loved it Audrey.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've said this before but I mean it each time...I am in awe of your talent. Thank you for taking part in this challenge...you are a remarkable talent.

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