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Updated on October 23, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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mountains have moved

upon the wind’s desire

haunting the corridors

of man’s blemished fears,

to offer the solace

of their quiet strength.


trees have built fanned walkways

upon the sea’s quiet kiss,

shaking off

the sins of man,

bestowing

their life

by rigors of will

like droplets in a stream.


rain has curved its slant

around glistening edifices

erected

in the face of man’s terror of nature’s way.


we have lost our way

have forgotten that we too

are animals

a part of nature’s array

and are called to live

within

her way

not outside it.


so it is

that we must meet

mountains where they lie

trees where they root

and the rain in its defiance—


a part of

not apart from.



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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      I love the last two lines.

      Great work.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      "we have lost our way

      have forgotten that we too

      are animals

      a part of nature’s array

      and are called to live

      within

      her way

      not outside it."

      We definitely have lost our way. Hopefully we will come inside before it is too late.

      Voted up and away and sharing

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you wetnose and thank you Susan!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Audrey. That is a wonderful poem....so good to see you.. blessings

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Debbie!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      This is so well said - just great - the last two lines truly resonate with me.

      Thank you

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you travmaj!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful poem, Audrey. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up (interesting, awesome, beautiful). Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much prasetio30!!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I love this poem Audrey! Thanks so much for sharing your brilliant gift.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Your poem reveals the importance of nature in our lives. So wonderfully versed. Up, beautiful and awesome!

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      jacqklin 4 years ago from ITALY

      A swallow of inspiring meditative gratification...a deep emotional quest inside a world of utter wonder. Very satisfying from another poet.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes. Perfect reminder to cherish what we have before we lose it. Well said, Audrey!

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      Clark Cook 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Your extraordinary felt sense of imagery is here--that is your signature--that sometimes quite disconcerting sense that you breathe from WITHIN the image--that is all here, and that is quite marvelous. But, for me, the FUSION you and I have talked about before, is not here. The thesis is an underpinning, and the metaphor is on top of it. The attempt to bring them together--presenting the mountain, the rain, etc. as betrayed characters in a drama is interesting but, for me, seems imposed, rather than integral to the whole. perhaps you care so passionately about this issue that your depth of concern influenced Form more than you usually permit. That is certainly not for me to say. And what I've presumed to say above is, always, just one poet's affectionate observation to another.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Well, I could give contrary view points, but then I would be proving your point. Wonderful!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Audrey! This expresses so perfectly & beautifully what I believe with every fiber of my being: that it is the coordination & 'part of-ness' that's essential, rather than separation, opposition and 'apart-of-ness'. The Yin and Yang entwined rather than 'versus'. The brain and instinct functioning as a unit rather than in competition. Man and woman in unison rather than in roles. I just finished writing something to that very effect.

      Surely it's true: GMTA! :-)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Again Audrey your poerty is like good wine.. I lov it and you never seem to get off track

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      Sannel 4 years ago

      Audrey, such a pensive and beautiful poem. Beautiful work, indeed!

      Sannel

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      many have lost their way. and to me this is frightening. Thanks for beautiful words ...you do have a way with words.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful poem. Voted up.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      And maybe - just a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t for all the creatures that must attempt to co-exist with us greedy entitled humans?

      Grrrrrr...why is it that we ruin everything we touch - WHO do we think we are!

      Brilliant poetry, Audrey - refined yet so powerful at the same time..

      That's called talent!

      voting up and sharing..

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Audrey, what an awesome poem filled with truth of the law of nature. Beautiful flow of words.

      BTW, I really was touched by your comment on my poem: Daughter of the Universe, thank you.

      UP/A/B and sharing.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A great statement about humankind and our apartness from nature. You use wonderful imagery to illustrate your point.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Such a awesome poem and so beautifully written ! Well done !

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Audrey, this is stunning. I believe this is my favorite yet!

      Brilliant write!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I am so far behind in comments moonfroth but I thought I would address yours in case you came back soon to read a reply. I sense that the pieces of mine that you enjoy the most are those that I choose to do very little editing to--and if I must confess anything, it is that I really do enjoy the flow of those pieces--I enjoy the writing and the reading of them--that being said, I find myself being more drawn to form lately--I am not sure where that will take me--this piece was one that I struggled with more--not in the writing--but in the editing--the question of editing--how much to do and when to leave a piece alone is very much up for me right now---and I feel that something is shifting for me in my poetry--again--not sure where that leaves me--maybe we will all find out together

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Yes, mankind has lost its way......Man has forgotten how important nature is.

      Beautiful work here, Audrey.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      One of your finest and beautiful in its descriptiveness. whonu

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you whonu!!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      And what a blessing it is to be part of God's wonderful world. Thank you for the reminder.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Such an important message and so well-said!

      I thought this verse was especially brilliant:

      "rain has curved its slant

      around glistening edifices"

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Getting back to nature getting back to our roots. Loved this and passing it on.

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      Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana

      Beautiful and true. We are a part of nature as much as the wind and trees. We are no better than the animals, in fact we are animals ourselves. We are one with the Earth though many dont seem to care, without the Earth and all its gives us, we could not survive. We should treat it better, rather than continuing to destroy it.

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      Clark Cook 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Audrey --

      The form/content issue is, i think, the biggest issue a modern poet has to face. In past ages poets experimented widely with image, subject, phrasing etc. but form itself was pretty much established. Everyone knew what an ode was, a terza rima, a sestina, a closed couplet, a Petrarcian sonnet, and so on. Poets worked within the forms. Since the 1920s, however, we've been much more experimental, don't you agree? In our desire for newness we've created excitement......and unsureness, in me at any rate.

      If you get a chance--or perhaps you already know it--please listen to Keith Jarret's "Koln Concert" (1976). In addition to being the longest jazz piano solo on record, it is a magnificent illustration of what we're talking about. The whole piece is a quest for, discovery of, and realization of FORM. in the process form and content FUSE. It is magical.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Audrey,

      when it comes to create word pictures, you do it wonderfully. I loved your imagery such as moving mountain, desire of wind, haunted corridors and many more.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      So wonderful.....whenever I read you, I am in awe of how you place words together to create beauty

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      I loved this.

      Our past in the first three stanzas, present in the fourth and what we must do to fix it in the fifth stanza, excellent!

      I also loved the last two lines, a message of huge impact and importance.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful, Audrey. And I love this poem and its message. So softly you remind us of the importance of embracing and communing with nature. The silence is a good thing and so inspiring. Thank you for a lovely reminder of nature and its importance. Voted up and shared!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Audrey, your poems always reminds me of how much I have to learn, this is a great place to begin.

      Beautiful profound words, we ignore the truth within it to our detriment.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Lovely poem, yet it gave me chills. That's a good thing, right? : )

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      Jose Velasquez 3 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      It would be nice to be in touch with nature, but we aren't the only animals that seek shelter from the rain.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Awesome, I love it all, especially the last two lines.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful words Audrey and a great reminder to respect the world we live in. We are all a part of each other and need to treat each other with care.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      We are all part of this world great words here and so much to ponder on.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Unsureness in every poet I think moonfroth!

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

      So very true, we have always been apart of our world it is only our ego that demand we be masters if it... and we will be the ones to mourn our arrogance as it falls away broken from our hands

      Loved it

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Deborah!

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      Clark Cook 2 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      I've been reading a lot of truly awful yuck syrupy goop poetry lately,

      so i thought I'd recharge my batteries by spending some time with a REAL poet.

      You never fail to deliver.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hey Clark! How are you??

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      Clark Cook 2 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Don't get me started! I could whip off a Thriller just by mindlessly recording what I've been up to these last couple of weeks. thanks for asaking.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Never mindless Clark!!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      You always leave a message which wakes us up in your magnificent poetry. Thanks!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      A return to nature and a respect for the world we live in.....what a beautiful reminder. Your words touch the heart and awaken the natural beauty we know we must respect. Well done.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this piece radhikasree!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Phillydreamer!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thanks James!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Sannel!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Martin!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you ImKarn23!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Denise!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle!!

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Thank you Suzettenaples!

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Thank you Anna Haven!

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Thank you Theater girl!

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Hey Audrey! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      Thank you Carol!

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      Thank you DDE!

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      Audrey Howitt 21 months ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Mary--and thank you for your kind words!

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      Audrey Howitt 21 months ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this Nellieanna!

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      Audrey Howitt 21 months ago from California

      Thank you Tom! You are a gem!

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      Audrey Howitt 21 months ago from California

      Thank you Faith Reaper!

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Hi Audrey--thank you! Hope you are well!

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gals!

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Thank you Blossom!

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Thank you MrsBrownsParlour

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Thank you Jo!

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Thank you jacqklin!

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Thank you Nikki!

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      Audrey Howitt 19 months ago from California

      Thnak ou Mary--I hope you are doing well!

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      Audrey Howitt 16 months ago from California

      Thank you nighthag!!

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      Audrey Howitt 16 months ago from California

      Thank you Minnetonka!

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