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An Absence Felt

Updated on March 13, 2015
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.


No sweetness remained


on gristle of tongue


to deflect death.


It came rapidly,


its respite lost in absence


like the peeling of an onion--


layers,


until only the nub


remains


most potent in its smallness.


Bereft of skin--companion and cloak


it came rapidly,


holding its affinity for life


in abeyance


an absence felt.




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      Audrey Howitt 18 months ago from California

      Thank you Leptirela!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you newjerusalem!

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      Leptirela 2 years ago from I don't know half the time

      You are so talented

      Just emotional and beautiful.

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      victor 2 years ago from India

      This is, indeed, a beautiful poem using the most appropriate WORDS. You applied the word 'abeyance' in a very crucial point of the poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Jo! And thank you for coming back to it--you do me honor!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you girishpuri!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Sandy! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is something I could read again and again. Superb.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Rajan!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Jane!

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

      Audrey, I read this when you first posted it, and a few more times since. Very moving, simply awesome poetry.

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      Girish puri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      An absence felt..an awesome piece of poetry. God bless you.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great poem, deep and intense.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most powerful indeed. Brought me the shivers at the end.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thanks Genna--you are kind and I appreciate it

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      No worries Harishprasad! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment--it iis greatly appreciated!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Audrey, I am extremely sorry for my comment and this mistake occurred in haste. You can very well delete such unworthy and inappropriate comment and and also one of yours. It was not intentional at all. With all regards.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Harishprasad!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Life is temporary! Thank you Turtle Dog!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Blossom!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Mountains we make of everything around us but what remains is an extract of all that or as you say '' only the nub remains''. Beautiful and profound ! Lovely poem, Audrey ; thanks rajan for sharing it with us.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice peom.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one AliciaC!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful and intense! Voted up and shared.

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      Wow. So poignant, true and moving!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thanks Eddy!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Jodah--greatly appreciated!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Stunning work; brilliant and original, Audrey. I love your poetry. :-) Voted way up and shared.

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      TurtleDog 3 years ago

      Nice work Audrey. I like how eerie this is. Life is so temporary

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Different and interesting, Audrey. This little gem has many facets and layers to it.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What interesting imagery, Audrey! As always exploring said, it's the type of poem that provides new meaning each time it's read. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful Audrey; voted up and wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Iv'e read it three times and i'm still pondering, your words do that each time i read your poetry. This is deep, many layers to examine. Thank you Audrey. Enjoyed!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Few words, but big meaning Audrey. Well done.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Faith Reaper!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Audrey, this is one deep, reflective piece here.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Relief, that's great!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey.. you just know how to phrase.. and pen a poem.. love the errie and stillness behind the powerful words voted awesome

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I happen to love Shrek! You crack me up!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Forgive me but I have seen Shriek every night for 2 weeks I bet and he talks each night about Ogres have layers like onions so it sort of spoiled this for me (sort of like being brain washed I think lol) so I promise to come back when I haven't seen Shriek in a few nights to read it again. Still have my votes though! ^

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Clarke--

      "in its smalless???" I know there is a better word out there

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Oh I like--only the nub remains!! Thank you!

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      moonfroth 3 years ago

      Exquisitely balanced and evocative. A masterpiece of minimalism.

      Would you consider--

      until only the nub

      remains

      OR

      until,

      only the nu

      remains

      ????

      Just a thought.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie--

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Beautiful and powerful Audrey. Jamie