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Adrift

Updated on October 10, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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For National Poetry Month #11


I cannot write with heart squeezed shut.

I am stilled.

My feet nailed to the floor.


An ocean pulls me along

hidden tides,

sharp shoals.


The consequences of this terrain,

unknown--

to self,

to heart,

to the stilling

cooling heat of age.


Adrift in cooling water

my heart contracts again,

finding its rhythm.

Respite

Light

Fire

How long before it ends?


copyright/all rights reserved April 11, 2012 Audrey Howitt. Do not copy or use without express written permission of the author.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you raciniwa!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Funny, when I read your work I think the same thing Jamie!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hi Audra! I have never done that! We'll see! Thank you so much for the read!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Sunnie Day!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hi Debby--Thank you so much for the comments and concern. I am fine really--just writing what occurs to me as I see the world around me.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you rebeccamealey!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Cloud Explorer! And yes, PDX is a great guy! And, I owe you a visit!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Justin!! Hope you are well!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Fantastic Audrey, and yes i do agree...how can one fully express oneself if the heart is restricted...

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      Audrey, what is your inspiration for such great lines of poetry? Jamie

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Audrey, I wish you would perform excripts from your poems in front of an audience. Your words are poigniant!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      A heart squeezed shut hurts, is hard to breath..you described a feeling of hopelessness..Heart beat is muffled under the great water of despair..Truly creative..Great job Audry..

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hello Dear Audrey ~ As you know, I've not had the time to keep up with all the activity on Hubpages lately. I did read about National Poetry Month and not sure what you're up to with your entry: For National Poetry Month #11 Seems like you may be writing one poem a day for the entire month of April. What a great personal challenge.

      On to the reflection of this poem. Quite chilling to read the strong force of the heart and connection to the ocean and tides. I'm concerned. Of course, as a homeopath when I hear words that sensitize me to the state of an individual's health this brings me home. I hope this comes from your desire to write a new poem and not actual organic sensations of the body. Wishing you well in body, mind and heart. Blessings, Debby

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Peace to you as well Shimmering Dawn--Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much ImKarn!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Victoria---

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee! I am so pleased that it touched you.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ardie! I so appreciate your comments! Enjoy your weekend!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      PDX is a cool dude! Thank you Cloud Explorer!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you fpherj48---I so appreciate your comments!!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is lovely, you are nothing less than a Fantastic Poet!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I guess it all will come to a brief end in due time, LOL. Nicely written AudreyHowitt, getting voted up and shared.

      I found your smooth eloquent hub here on FB thanks to the selfless sharing of PDXKaroakeguy, what a cool dude.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      "I cannot write with my heart squeezed shut."

      brilliant!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Nikkij! Let's dive together!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting Brandym! I am glad that you enjoyed it!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you poet83!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Deborah!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Tammyswallow!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank! So appreciated!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Ann!

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      That claustrophobic feeling, the lack of freedom resounds strongly through your words. Voting up and awesome. Have a blessed day! Peace.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Soon, Audrey! At least you know it WILL end! Sharing with friends helps! Breathe...and again...

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much LadyFiddler!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Joyce! Always a pleasure!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Katrine!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great word choices. I have felt that way at times. Constricted, unable to move. And how long will it last? I like your photo choice, too. Goes well with it. Many votes!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Words to tug at the heartstrings and makes one wonder how to go on.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      The pausing and freezing reminds me of the times I numb myself from any pain and then I have to remind myself when it's ok to feel again. I dont know if this is what you meant to share here - but its what I took from it. Lovely as usual and I also loved your interview in the newsletter today!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Audrey....wanted to stop by to specifically coimment on your fabulous interview. Just wonderful...I enjoyed it immensely. You are quite a ROCK Star!! Peace!

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      Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

      This one is a fave by you. Simply Beautiful and speaks such an emotion that only you know how to tell so well. life is terrain of unknown consequence...every choice we make. I say dive in and test the waters.

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      Brandym2012 5 years ago from PA

      Beautiful Poetry!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great poem. I loved the descriptive words. voted up.

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      This is one of the best poems I've read on Hubpages! Wonderful language and sonic qualities! Voted up and beautiful!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Audrey heart squeezed shut and feet nailed to the floor.. wow.. I love this poem.. it pulled me along with it every word. just beautiful

      Debbie

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Stunning! I enjoyed reading your interview in the Newsletter. That was awesome! Way to go.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful Audrey...

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Wayne!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey your 30/30 poems having taken me adrift! up and awesome

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      It didn't make me sad, Audrey. It reminds me of the need to pause and rethink.

      See you at the finish line.

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      Thanks for sharing your gift Audrey. Nice deep excerpt

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Saddness is the air today with a number of hubbers.

      Good poem, voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      There is some sense or feeling of sadness and melancholy..It's a great poem Audrey, full of meaning, as usual.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      Audrey, I began writing a poem about a week ago with this exact title. I laid it aside after a few verses and never went back as I was torn as to how I wanted to end it. I may get it published yet but with a slightly modified title. I enjoyed your poem very much...I could sense the mood. Nice word choices. WB