ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Books, Literature, and Writing»
  • Poems & Poetry

An Understanding

Updated on May 26, 2013
AudreyHowitt profile image

Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Antonio Ferretti Albert Martínez Castillo Gárgoles de Arriba – España – 22 e 25 Agosto 2006 NGC 6992 – Nebulosa Velo del Cigno “Veil Nebula” Distanza 1.500 ani luce Costellazione del Cigno Strumentazione: Takahashi TOA 130 a f 5,8 L.F. 754 mm; MontaA
Antonio Ferretti Albert Martínez Castillo Gárgoles de Arriba – España – 22 e 25 Agosto 2006 NGC 6992 – Nebulosa Velo del Cigno “Veil Nebula” Distanza 1.500 ani luce Costellazione del Cigno Strumentazione: Takahashi TOA 130 a f 5,8 L.F. 754 mm; MontaA | Source




the veil of portent

lifts slowly

over eyes blurred

with sleep

and greened with the scent of dreams


the potent grasses

blending their freshness

with the purple clad softness

of visions

of dormant bliss


and the result

a firing of light

in the darkened space of my ignorance

plasma thought

its apex


nuanced tears

behind



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Devika!

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful poem with so much to think about.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you vespawoolf!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you sgbrown!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Cantuhearmescream!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gals!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Vinaya--it has been a long time!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you writer fox!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Jackie!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Eddy!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzette!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you sgbrown!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Joy!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Colin!!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Denise!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you dghbrh!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you ocfireflies!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Isaac!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Rasma! Thank you!!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Rajan!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Leslie! Thank you!!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Blossom!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you LadyFiddler!

    • LadyFiddler profile image

      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Audrey you do write wonderful excerpts maybe one day you will make it on Wikipedia Encyclopedia :)

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you WillStarr!!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Darryl!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Sueswan!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for stopping by Theater girl

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Pamela!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Lurana!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Tom!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Senoritaa!!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you AAW9

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Anthony!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much lyricwriter!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hey Frank! Thank you!

    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love your use of color. Stanzas like "purple clad softness" create vivid imagery in our minds and bring visions of light and darkness. Very beautiful! Thank you!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you manatita!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Martin!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Anna!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you LaThing!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Valleypoet!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Clark

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you xstatic!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you LailaK!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Faith Reaper!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much wetnose!!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much CrisSp!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey!!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Ah you make me laugh Clark!

    • moonfroth profile image

      Clark Cook 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Well now! Drivel, you say? Finding drivel in your poetry would be as likely as finding a jagged rock in the finest of caviare.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Clark--I just keep writing even when it feels like all that comes out is drivel--

    • Rosemay50 profile image

      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Beautifully woven, each time I read this it took my imagination in a diffetent direction.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thanks!! I am so glad that you enjoyed it Sue!!

    • profile image

      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Audrey

      Wonderful! I love the line , "and greened with the scent of dreams."

      Voted up +++

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      You as well Kathryn!

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image

      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Very nice! And you are the same Audrey as on Bubblews! I knew I had seen you somewhere before, but sometimes get the websites mixed up.

      You write very well. The words go along smoothly, and are a pleasure to verbalize.

      Have a great night!

      ~ Kathryn

    • sgbrown profile image

      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Beautiful writing, Audrey. Up and awesome! :)

    • Cantuhearmescream profile image

      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      AudreyHowitt,

      I'm kind of still in awe, this is amazing! Sounds like something out of a Classic... yet fresh enough to break modern barriers! Love it!

      Voted up and others ~ Sharing too!

      Cat

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful. I love the imagery it brings. You always leave pictures in my mind.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Audrey,

      I'm amazed with your imagery and word pictures. This is beautiful.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rajan!

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Captivating imagery, Audrey! Voted up and beautiful.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you whonuwho!!

    • Writer Fox profile image

      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Enjoyed this! It's good to find a fellow poet on this site.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautiful wording and style.

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Only one word needed here Audrey :- Brilliant and voted up as always,. I hope all is well with you m dear friend. Lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful poem, Audrey. And very thought provoking. I have to chuckle, though, sometimes when I read your poetry I have to refer to the dictionary. Your choice of words is creative and exquisite. Thanks for this wonderful poem.

    • moonfroth profile image

      Clark Cook 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      AUDREY --

      Just above, you said to Wayne that you've "been in a funk," and in other recent comments you've expressed dissatisfaction with your work--the dreaded "writers' cramp" (which seems to afflict us all, now and then)--is looming large! It certainly does NOT show, but if you feel it's there, it's there. I thought you might be comforted (or at least amused) by Sir Phillip Sidney's opening foray into his "Astrophel and Stella" (1591), a 160-sonnet appeal to his lady love to be less lady-like. And he begins by lamenting the dreaded "writer's cramp", feared as much by poets 412 years ago as it is today!

      Sidney saith.............

      Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show,

      That the dear she might take some pleasure of my pain,

      Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make her know,

      Knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain,

      I sought fit words to paint the blackest face of woe:

      Studying inventions fine, her wits to entertain,

      Oft turning others' leaves, to see if thence would flow

      Some fresh and fruitful showers upon my sunburned brain.

      But words came halting forth, wanting Invention's stay;

      Invention, Nature's child, fled stepdame Study's blows;

      And others' feet still seemed but strangers in my way.

      Thus, great with child to speak, and helpless in my throes,

      Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite:

      "Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write."

    • midget38 profile image

      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Beautiful. Yes, the colors of understanding have to be weaved in slowly. Thanks for sharing!!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image
      Author

      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Wayne--I have been in a funk--

    • sgbrown profile image

      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Beautiful and thought provoking poem. Up and awesome! :)

    • Joy56 profile image

      Joy56 4 years ago

      I so enjoyed reading that., two or three times.......

    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 4 years ago

      You are the consummate poet Miss Audrey and your 'gifts' are always so sublime in their nuance and subtlety. Thank you for bringing this genre back to its proper place as an artform courtesy of your golden pen.

      Colin and his cats sending you good thoughts at lake erie time 6:18pm

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Your way with words is amazing, Audrey. Whether the take is philosophical, scientific, such as this one, or angelic, you weave your readers a picture from harmonious notes of poetry, laying out the loveliest of melodies. Thank you for this beautiful tune. UP/Awesome

    • Darrylmdavis profile image

      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      A poem that makes you go "oh!" :-)

    • dghbrh profile image

      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Captivating and very profound work. Shared and votes +++++++

    • profile image

      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Audrey

      Beautiful ! Amazing imagery!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

    • ocfireflies profile image

      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This poem reminds me of those moments when I was still in the classroom, and suddenly, perhaps after attempting to explain the lesson in lots of different ways, that spark of understanding appeared in the eyes of the student I was working with at the time. Thank You.

    • Isaac White profile image

      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      nice read Audrey.

      :)

      I. White

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      In one word mesmerizing. Why? Audrey reading your poem this word came to mind.

    • Theater girl profile image

      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I love how you descibe at the end, that with understanding sometimes comes tears, but (and this is my own interpretation) we do not quite regret the knowledge that we have gained! Great work!

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      this is a wonderful poem is open to a lot of interpretations. Exciting!

    • ImKarn23 profile image

      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      awesome Audrey! You use colors and light to bring your poetry to life and this is no different - it 'awakens' ones imagination!

      beautiful!

      up/sharing

      have a brilliant day, dear friend!

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful Audrey! Awakening from a dream to reality, blissful memories and forgotten tears......Bravo....

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A lovely, thought-provoking poem and some memorable, intriguing lines there. A great write.

    • WillStarr profile image

      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      There are three poets I always read, and you are one of them. I read you and then I come back and read you again and again.

      Thank you, Audrey.

    • marcoujor profile image

      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      'Night and day, why is it so...' Expressive and lyrical work, Audrey.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This is a very intriguing poem that is so beautiful. Very thought provoking words.

    • MrsBrownsParlour profile image

      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Full of beauty! I really like the portrait of understanding---ignorance is lifted, illuminated away...and new realizations can move one to tears. Lovely, profound work. ~Lurana

    • kashmir56 profile image

      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend very beautifully worded and a very enchanted read . Bravo !

    • Senoritaa profile image

      Senoritaa 4 years ago

      These are words strewn so beautifully can take anyone's breath away!

    • profile image

      AAW9 4 years ago

      Thoughtful and original :)

    • profile image

      Anthony 4 years ago

      Well written :)

    • thelyricwriter profile image

      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Audrey, voted up, awesome, and beautiful. This has to be one of the best worded poems I have read from you, one of my favorites for sure. This is absolutely beautiful and a perfect title for your poem.