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Avoidance as a Dance

Updated on April 26, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Jorge Royan, Two dancers captured in blurred movement in a modern ballet production.
Jorge Royan, Two dancers captured in blurred movement in a modern ballet production. | Source



i dance at the edge

precipice awaiting

a withdrawal of time,

all that is needed

to lift off

and fly


feet fly forward

sometimes of their own accord

an extension

within the pirouette

flung

in pursuit of

of a beauty

only found within the center

a bell left unrung at the end of the day.


"it is what it is."

or so people say.

I only know that

my heart flies toward the dancer

as the music moves us closer together

across the dark matter

of my mind.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2014



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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Dance is magical really! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you ubanichijioke!

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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 Vicky--thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Debby!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Blossom!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you LadyFiddler!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Pamela!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hey Frank--the spigot seems to be on right now--and so--off to write!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Eddy! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Vellur! Thank you!

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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 annart!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Jamie! Always a pleasure to see you here!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you DDE!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Harishprasad!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey!

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Lovely poem Audrey, dancing is fun i wish i knew how to waltz, tango etc i like seeing people do it and seeing that i have Spanish blood in me I should know how to.

      I do dance however but my own crazy moves ha ha ha.

      I Hope you have a swell evening.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you John!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is beautiful. I wanted to be a ballerina when I was a kid. Dance is lovely, and your poem captures it.

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      Short and effective - another piece of your mosaic of beauty. Dance is kind of magic, isn't it?

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      A very wonderful and descriptive poem.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Audrey.

      Eddy.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      The poem dances nicely on its own.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Kim--for reading this one!! Coming to the end!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago

      Audrey,

      You have such a gift at capturing intimacy in its finest.

      As always, much enjoyed.

      Kim

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      Debby Bruck 3 years ago

      Enjoyed the ended of this poem where you join through the dark matter and dark space in your mind. Beautiful imagery. Blessings, Debby

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wow Audrey, hope when April ends.. this doesn't

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Manatita!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lovely, evocative poem.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      Absolutely beautiful!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully descriptive, love your poem.

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      Kate McBride 3 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      I liked the line "A bell unrung at the end of the day". The rest of the poem is very creative too. Cheers for sharing this and for your other poetry which I read as well.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful Audrey!!!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      So many levels to this dance, what a wonderfully complicated puzzle of steps between two. Thank you Audrey. Jamie

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful poem with all the great emotions

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Dance can portray so many emotions, as can poetry; your poetry does just that. Beautiful! Ann

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Can words tell more about the effect of dance on us than this poem does ? Audrey, you have created heaven of words for us to see ! Thank you. Voted up.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Audrey - A beautiful description of the dance!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you ImKarn!!!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Audrey you have captured the pure essence of dance in these wonderful words. Not interesting, beautiful! Voted so.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Interesting thought, this one. Peace.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      Mmmm...a simple dance can be nothing less than miraculous. Use it for whatever you like - - even denial...avoidance - still, it's never a bad thing. Maybe just a...rhythmic delay

      Beautiful poetry, dear Audreyxx