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Absolution in Sound

Updated on April 25, 2015
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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My #25 for National Poetry Month


death found you

on a Saturday

in the snick

and whoosh

of air

pumped into lungs

that could no longer

pull in.


there was a conspicuous absence of black.

hospital whites

across neutral walls

you tried to speak

to say the things that must be said

before death pulled you away.


there would be no more words,

only the snick of the machine

breathing for you

as you sought absolution

before the silence.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2015




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      Audrey Howitt 18 months ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 18 months ago from California

      Thank you Manatita!

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      Audrey Howitt 19 months ago from California

      Thank you AliciaC!

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      Thank you Graham

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      Thank you MsDora!

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      And yet, people do--thank you so much aviannovice!

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Thank you Jamie!

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      Audrey Howitt 24 months ago from California

      I too lost my father --and yes, I can feel that in this piece--thank you Cornelia!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Mike!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one rawspirit--you are kind

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      Robert Morgan 2 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      The sadness in this poem cuts like a knife. Very well done. Looking forward to reading more.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Gads, what a way to live. I shuddered all the way through this, as I felt the lonely coldness surround me.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Audrey. Excellent, sharp and to the point also a shiver of fear. Well done.

      Graham.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi Flourish--I think sometimes life is somber

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Lee!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      A powerful moment relived. Well done. Jamie

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      very somber

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      A different perspective beautifully presented! Always good.

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      A daring piece Audrey, truly brilliant, a very touching poem, Lee

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Sad and it is just a whoosh before the breath leaves the body.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very sad, but it's a very effective poem at the same time.

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

      This is heartbreakingly real. Beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Genna!

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      So sad, reminds me of the time I lost my father :(

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Frank!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Quite touching and awesome poem. Vividly conveyed. Just brilliant!

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow! Absolution in Sound" is the perfect title for this profound gem.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      wow this was frightening and lonely good.. loved it :)