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Asphalt

Updated on March 9, 2016
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

my Jack Purcell shoe, 2008
my Jack Purcell shoe, 2008 | Source





I have the tendency to be pedantic,

feet move slowly,

methodically.


The rhythm of movement

lacks the luster

of asphalt shining between my toes.


In moments

more practical

than magical--

Shoes worn

with the mileage of life




copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2011

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Cute short message! Nice one for us to admire your inspirational creativity Audrey. Thanks for sharing!

      LORD

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Lord de cross!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      dang you're good!love this one!

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      Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

      Depth achieved with brevity. It is a poet's art to put so much in so small a space. Nicely done.

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      saddlerider1 5 years ago

      This was truly a wonderfully short piece of choice words with creative thought, Shoes worn with the mileage of life? I think I have a pair or two of those in my closet. Nicely done, rated Up and awesome.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much PDX, Tom and saddlerider! In the brief time that I have been here on Hubpages, I feel welcomed and so happy to be reading and writing!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      You have a way with words.. well chosen for this short piece thank you for sharing Frank

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      Kelly Pittman 5 years ago from Walker, LA

      Great Poem and I love the image you put with it. Her thoughtful expression...She

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Kelly---I was drawn to the picture---I am glad to know that it works with the piece.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank! I tend to like the shorter forms quite a bit---

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      Barbara 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I love this. Voted up.

      And it reminds me of my daughter. One day, I asked her, "Where did your shoes go?" She looked at me with her big green eyes and said, "They goed every where I walked."

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      Kelly Pittman 5 years ago from Walker, LA

      @ Audrey - It does and I love the poem. Sorry I did't finish my comment earlier. My train of thought derails from time to time.

      @ Storyteller- How Cute!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I know about the derailing thing---no worries

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Storytellersrus! And how cute is your daughter! Thanks for sharing that with me!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Shoes worn

      With the mileage of life

      I love this more than "Walk a mile in my shoes".

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Susan!! I love words and painting with them!

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      Sam Walker 5 years ago

      What fluidic brushstrokes even if the MC drags her feet. Very beautiful again.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you--I wonder as I get to know this site Ercolano, what is the tolerance level for the more raw? If you know

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      Sam Walker 5 years ago

      I'm new here too, but as of yet, I haven't seen anything too risque, so not quite sure, but a member advised me to look in the tutorials to learn more about this kind of thing. If it is too much for the site though a warning will appear on your piece under 'my account' and you get a chance to fix it. I think some debate goes on in the forums about these things. I have used profanity a number of times and seen it too, it all seems to be accepted but ads won't appear, if you've signed up for them. Personally, I write what I want to and wait to be told if its inappropriate, hasn't happened yet. Having said that, I do hold back on some things, I think my space time anomaly piece was the most risque I've ventured - but then that is pretty tame.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for the advice Ercolano. Sometimes what comes out of the meeting between pencil and paper is not pretty but still speaks to the heart enough--I just haven't placed anything like that here yet.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      audrey, my story on hubpages, "Styrofoam plates" contains masturbation and sodomy references and it hasn't been tagged by HubPages. I don't think it's that much on their radar. Side note, you should read Styrofoam Plates :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I can relate, as I often lack the luster and just move along with the practical. Look forwarding to following your progress here on HubPages. Welcome!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Victoria--what a warm and welcoming community!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Feet, shoes, worn mileage, life all put together conveying a special meaning. Loved this poem.Voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      love this audrey:

      Lacking the luster

      Of shining asphalt between my toes

      shared...

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Justin both for the comments and for the share!

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I love this. Short, but very profound and aphoristic... Great job!

      John

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you John!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I will try to remember another part of the story every time I walk on the street.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i'm gonna share this again, audrey. Lovely work!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very effective and precise. I truly enjoyed.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      It's been a long walk on the pavement. It's time to take that path through the woods and down by the brook.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Justin!!And thank you for the sharing!

      Thank you Rajan! I so appreciate your read and comments!

      And I agree WD--time to go outside and weed a bit for me! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Wow! Sorry Justin--but this comment was in my spam folder!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, very cleverly written, love it !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Tom! Thank you!

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      Theresa Ast 14 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very interesting Audrey. Blessings! Theresa

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      Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

      Thank you Theresa!

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