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A Tincture of Glass

Updated on September 2, 2013
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.



I come undone at the scent of you,

your pheromones

retrieving my emotional context,

like pushing the red alarm button

inside a glass case--

a needless breakage

as slivers descend to earth,

tinged in the DNA of love's mechanics--

a housing running on empty.


And yet it happens with regularity.

The escapement ticks

and the scent crosses pillow

to fill my days

with the you of my longing.


a red alarm

a tincture of glass

a scent.



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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you Hari!

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      Hari Prasad S 14 months ago from Bangalore

      Scented lyrics, are a beauty,

      having drenched, on a dry day,

      have made me, ecstatic and high.

      Thank you, Audrey.

      - Hari

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you colorfulone!

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you sujaya!

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      Audrey Howitt 15 months ago from California

      Thank you vespawoolf!

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      Audrey Howitt 19 months ago from California

      Thank you Suzettenaples!

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      Audrey Howitt 21 months ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      Audrey Howitt 21 months ago from California

      Thank you Manatita!

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      Audrey Howitt 21 months ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Nadine!!

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      Audrey Howitt 21 months ago from California

      Thank you MizBejabbers!

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      Susie Lehto 22 months ago from Minnesota

      A very passionate poem, Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

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

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Thank you Marie!

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      sujaya venkatesh 24 months ago

      fragrance all the way Aud

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Kim!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Sandy!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi thelyricwrter--thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Mark!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Wow! What a compliment Lady Fiddler! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Well done. A very poetic post about scent .

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Beautifully crafted, as usual. Great poetry.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Christy! Thank you MizBejabbers!

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      Christy Birmingham 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Such beauty here in your poetic lines, dear Audrey! (Also, I love your profile photo here!)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you DDE!

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      This one is very beautiful, too. It expresses a new relationship quite well.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Valleypoet!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thanks Rasma!!!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      A beautiful poem indeed. Not sure if it's a healthy love, but we've all probably ventured some place near this emotional landscape. The photo complements it splendidly.

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      Mark Lees 3 years ago

      A beautiful poem and for me I think you are right it is a love poem, but I think it has a bittersweet feel so it is unrequited (or at least unequal) love that I get from this.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A Tincture of Glass is a beautifully written poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Lesley!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Nell Rose!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Tolovaj!

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      I suppose everybody can relate with the situation of the fly trapped under the glass... We only have a moment, The Moment.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Beautiful poem Audrey! voted up and shared, nell

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      Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow Audrey, this is so beautiful!

      Loved this and voted up.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, this poem is full of erotic expectation. I love the stanzas, "a needless breakage/as slivers descend to earth." Your poetry is beautiful and edgy. Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Geniusknight! Thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Yes! We wonder why we continue loving someone even if the person does not reciprocate. Beautiful, Audrey.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Beautiful poem.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Your ability to capture the moment is so lovely and always done so effortlessly. Per usual, Excellent Work.

      Kim

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      Nell 3 years ago from Netherlands

      arousal and loneliness ! Beautifully portrayed ! :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Audrey, voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. Your ability to write complex poetry that is meaningful and smooth is like no other, so-so talented you are. The references and expressions of passion are off the wall, certainly one for the ages. PERFECT :)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Eddy! Thank you! And enjoy your day as well!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Truly wonderful Audrey and thank you for sharing.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      I love this poem and your expression, Audrey. Yes, a scent of cologne can drive a woman crazy! L:OL You express this so gently just like a wiff of scent traveling up the nostrils. Your words are wonderful. I also love the image - how great is that and so perfect for this poem. Thanks for a real treat!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This verbalizes what would be hard for me to express in words. Very sexy.

      Thanks for sharing this lovely piece with us, and I hope you have a wonderful week.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Short and sweet. Good vocabulary. Very classy. Blessings!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Aww thank you Imkarn!

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      Valleypoet 3 years ago

      Simply sublime Audrey, a beautiful write :-))

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Your writings are some what like Maya Angelou's :)

      keep up the good work

      God bless you

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Thelma! I rather like this one as well--so I am glad that you enjoyed it!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you crafty!!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful! I love it;-)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This was pure magic Audrey. Wonderful pic. Passing this on.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      Mmmmm....phermones, my favorite! lol..

      Sadly, haven't come across any of note for quite some time..

      Ah, well..where there's life there's hope, eh?

      lol..

      sharing dear friend...Your words need to be seen!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Your word pictures bring back memories that give a sweet lingering taste. Have a great Sunday.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Beautiful Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary! Thank you Jamie!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      "tinged in the DNA of love's mechanics..." A line I shall remember from a poem so well written. Jamie

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      Rosemary Sadler 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Absolutely beautiful Audrey. You write in such a unique style I would know it even without your name.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Blossom, Mary, Nikkij and Jenbeaach--thank you so much for visiting this one! So much appreciated!

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      jenbeach21 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Beautiful and great imagery!

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      Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

      That must be one enticing smell!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Yes Audrey, its Mary.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Beautiful. Things that appeal to our senses can trigger so many memories.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Anna!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      So sensual. What you said beautifully illuminated ... what you didn't say.

      Very nicely done.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ah the scent :) Beautiful!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Audrey,

      Stunning, sexy and beautiful all rolled up . . . your photo is perfect with the words, love it as it is my kind of art!

      Up++++= shared!!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Intriguing words and the photo goes so well with its abstractness.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Clark--funny how writing is really--so many times I wonder if someone is just speaking all this for me--where does it come from--

      and drbj--you honor me -and I thank you--I thank you both

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      So beautifully realistic, Audrey, that your pheromones are tickling my nose as I write. Really!

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      Clark Cook 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      AUDREY-

      I think poets are the bravest people on earth. Most people would jump off a tall bridge before they's have the courage to reveal emotions this close to their hearts--whether the experience happened to you, or only to your persona, the ILLUSION is that it happened to you. Exquisite images beautifully crafted.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you tillsontitan-- It's Mary right?

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I agree with Frank, AMAZING! Words everyone in love can relate to. Thank you for sharing the beauty of this poem.

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hey Frank! Thank you!!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey this was simply amazing!!!!!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Martin!

      Thank you Jo!

      Thank you Deepak

      and Theresa--

      Thank you all so much for reading this one and commenting--so much appreciated!

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Just beautiful Audrey -- each word perfectly placed. It is extraordinary how much scent means to us, can alter our mood and draw forth long-slumbering memories. Theresa

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Good hub and informative too.Thanks to share.

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

      This was more than worth the visit, sublimely beautiful.

      Voting up and sharing.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      So expressive! It toys with the imagination, thank you

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Sue!

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      Hi Audrey

      "And yet it happens with regularity.

      The escapement ticks

      and the scent crosses pillow

      to fill my days

      with the you of my longing."

      Love it!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Tony--both for your visit and for your wonderful comments!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Ah thank you so much Nellieanna!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      This is magic, Audrey! Arouses the senses, supplies the stimuli and leaves details to the imagination! That is truly sensual!!

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Beautifully written Audrey; your phrasing is so individual and much appreciated.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Ruby! Thanks! I have been away much of the summer--so I am back for a bit--Hope all is well with you!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Aha, There's nothing more tantalizing than a scent on a pillow. I agree with Genna, you are one of the best and i am always thrilled when i see that you have posted...Thank you

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you xstatic!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this Faith Reaper!!!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, yes, it is all over when those pheramones hit our noses!

      Really nice one, Audrey, as always.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Jim Higgins 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wow!This is sensual and beautiful!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I am hoping that Mm is a good thing Jackie!