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Among The Weeds

Updated on September 3, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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I walk among the weeds today.


As leaves brush ankles


thistles scratch my calves.



The dandelions know my embrace,


the kiss of longing


creasing my forehead


as I blow tiny seedlings


into flight.



their journey


one of chance.


A rushing upon breath.


I feel their loneliness


and their strength.



Perhaps we are borne of the same taproot,


singled out for resiliency,


for i know that i shall return here


to walk again tomorrow.



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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Aww thank you wetnose!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you movie master!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you xstatic! Hope all is well for you in Bubble Land

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Debbie--thank you for reading this one--hope you are doing well!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Aww Thank you Crafty! I am fond of this one!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one unknown spy!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Beautiful Audrey! You wrote this in a way I can envision myself walking through my gardens.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Theresa! Thank you!! I am so far behind in everything right now--I hope you enjoyed your time off--I am off next week!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Genna!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Sueswan --always a pleasure to see you here!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Vinaya! Thank you so much!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      AWW Thank you Leslie!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Nikkij! Hope all is well--and thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi tobusiness---I loved that you got this--Thank you so much for reading it

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruchira! Hope you are well!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Faith Reaper! Hope you are well!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Amy!! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Tom!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie! I don't fight the battle--

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Ruby I am so glad that you enjoyed this piece!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      What a great journey this is.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Eddy!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Anna!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      So much beauty in your words Audrey....

      Loved this and voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Vellur!!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Sorry I missed this one. It is beautiful, that aloneness in nature, the "tiny seedlings" with "their lonlieness and their strength..." Wonderful images!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one Martin (I love those weeds!)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Stephanie!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Audrey!! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Quoteslover!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Theresa--I am trying to catch up--this isa really busy time of year for me--and will be for the next couple of months--take care

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Still quite wonderful on a second reading, :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Wayne!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Joanne!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Rosemary!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much drbj!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one B.A.!

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      Quotes Lover 4 years ago

      I fel like dream while reading this, awesome poem.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh wow I could feel the grass on my ankles I could feel the breeze.. I love these lines..

      for i know that i shall return here

      to walk again tomorrow.

      many blessings Audrey.. I have missed you

      Debbie

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this Stages of Me!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Really really beautiful poem Audrey.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Such a wonderful poem, simply redolent with memories.

      Spring Break starts tomorrow and I can finally get all the house cleaning and various projects that I have been putting off for two months finished. :) Hope all is well with you.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This reminded me of my walks in the fields and the woods when I was a little girl…filled with beauty and metaphor. Dandelions are thought to be weeds by some, but magical flowers by others… including me. They are “the stars, the moon and the sun,” and send their magical seeds aloft for many miles.

      “their journey

      one of chance

      a rushing upon breath…”

      I loved this poem, Audrey. There is much depth of meaning here. :-)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the lovely stroll with you. There is beauty in the lowly weed if we can just see it.

      Beautiful sentiment. Voted UP.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      Lovely. It was always fun to blow the tiny seedlings and watch them fly through the air.

      Voted up and beautiful

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Lovely,

      I love walking in the wild.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Beautiful...a true ode to resilience. Sharing Audrey.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Dandelions - the epitome of 'survival of the fittest'...lol..

      Lovely in it's simplicity Audrey - it allows the reader a moment of peace and tranquility...

      voting up and sharing on..

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      Nikki Wicked 4 years ago from Louisiana

      spectacular poem, very descriptive and portrayed a very real image for me. i remember as a girl I used to always blow those little flowers/weeds and make a wish.

      "i feel their loneliness

      and their strength

      perhaps we are borne of the same taproot

      singled out for resiliency"

      If so, I'm pretty resilient, its a word I've come to know and love.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Beautifully done, wonderful imagery, I could almost see the dandelion drifting on the breeze, but there's also a feeling of forlorn. I loved it.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. I just want to sing country roads take me home.... Passing this on.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      I love traveling and you said it beautifully

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Audrey, thank you taking us along on your lovely stroll. This really does bring back memories. How sweet. Really enjoyable read.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This piece tickles my eyes, rustles in my ears, brushes my nose, and makes me smile, Audrey, on a sensory walk in the meadow. All of nature, human included, is a miracle of chance, strength and resilence.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very beautifully written poem, i enjoyed reading it !

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      I loved this poem, it reminded of how the dandelions would take over our front lawn at our old house. A battle that I miss some days. Jamie

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very beautiful!!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A great poem and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Beautiful, thoughtful poem, as mentioned above it brings back lots of happy summer memories of sunshine, fields and laughter.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful words with hopes of tomorrow and more walks among the weeds. Great poem. Voted up.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Not everyone thinks the dandelion is a weed. With this in mind your poem takes on a even deeper, wonderful meaning.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Reminds me of my summer days as I sit here with snow on the ground. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is so beautiful! Brings back childhood memories for me (just like wayne described) and as for weeds - ( love them all) - thank you dearest Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Nellieanna!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Reminded me of picking the petals one at a time before we blew the dandelion. "She loves me, she loves me not."

      This was very beautiful!

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      An inspiring walk in nature. Weeds do have such beauty.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A wonderful carefree poem, even weeds have beauty. I always imagined those dandilion seedlings were fairies set free

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Simple pleasant prose, Audrey, that evokes sweet memories. Thank you, m'dear.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Mcbirdbks--you honor me!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Laurinzo!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzie!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you arb!

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      B. A. Williams 4 years ago from USA

      Very beautiful poem, your words are eloquent.

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      The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

      Beautiful poem ~ :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Just wonderful, Audrey. Your stroll is vivid, all the senses of walking in the country so immediate and real!

      Another feel for dandelion seeds exists for me, though. I try to pick & dispose of the blossoms before they produce those wispy, wind-borne seeds which are their primary purpose & scatter over my yard & those of my neighbors to turn lawns to weeds. I avoid using chemicals to control weeds.

      But - oh yes - out in the country, dandelion flowers seeds are mystical, meaningful examples of steady, quiet determination to replenish & survive! In my harsh ranch country, there's no such thing as objectionable weeds, unless dangerous to living things, a rarity, indeed!

      Whatever has the drive and ability to grow is welcomed. Almost every plant has synergy with some living thing for survival there. And the spicy perfume of many of them is a part of my love and affinity for the place! But long ago my Dad had to have a thriving agave species called lechuguilla literally dug up & destroyed all over the ranch. It wasn't that it was chemically poison; its leaves were so indigestible & fibrous that they literaly balled up in animals' entrails to kill them. Such trade-offs. . .

      This lovely poetry is a gentle reminder that everything has value and beauty in some way & setting. I loved strolling with you "among the weeds". Thank you!

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      arb 4 years ago

      a rushing upon breath, yes indeed. Beautiful imagery and lessons which wake in simple things.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you mcbirdbks!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Will!!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Absolutely wonderful Audrey...

      This one makes me want to travel there...

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Love this Audrey, simple yet thought provoking it reminds me of our wild garden here of dandelions and you captured the imagery so well!

      Great job, Vu, Beautiful, Awesome!

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Audrey - this brought the mind open fields and lots of space to embrace. I agree with Will - beautiful verse.

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I was reminded of my boyhood days, walking the pastures of the family Iowa farm on a warm summer day.

      Beautiful verse.