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Blast! The Title I Want Was Taken!

Updated on April 15, 2013
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Lin Kristensen, 2007
Lin Kristensen, 2007 | Source

i know not the poetics

of form

nor the rules of assonance

or consonance.

i look at the sonnet with sorrow

and the sestina with suspicion

over my tongue

tied in knots.


silent.


how to piece a prompt

when the muse

who haunts my note books

is somewhat sporadic in her presence


and that—at best.


i default to this,

my friend,

a sibilance of style.


and whither shall my pencil go—

only where it is wont

as i learn

and hang my pencil

behind my randy ear

haunting your note books instead.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013

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      Audrey Howitt 16 months ago from California

      Thank you Lee!

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      Love it! An amazing piece, really fantastic,thank you?

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you MizBejabbers!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you timetraveler--I often do that as well--but for some reason that wasn't helping much this time!

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I agree with you Audrey, but not in so poetic a form. (because I'm not a poet and I know it!) Anyway, I had to substitute a title and didn't get as many hits as I believe I would with the title I wanted. THEN another hubber used the same title in a hub after I didn't, but adding a colon or a dash and a couple of more words to accolades from readers and scores of hits. So I've learned my lesson: change it just a little bit, add a "postscript" if you have to. You go, girl!

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      TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

      I have found that simply be adding a word or an adjective I can make a title work for me, but you are right, it is very frustrating when this happens.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you ubanichijioke! Thank you Shyron! You know, I can't recall what the title was actually, but I do recall trying title after title before I settled on one

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Audrey, how I love this poem, it will take me a while to get around to reading all that you have written, which I hope to do one day.

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

      Blessings and ((((Hugs)))) to you my friend.

      Shyron

      P.S. What was the title that you wanted?

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      Ya, I feel that way too--that's why I make my own rules. Hehehe. It works for me!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Well thank you MizBejabbers! I am glad you enjoyed this one!

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I certainly relate to the title business (although I freely admit that I'm not a poet). Seems like all the good ones are taken. Very good.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Although I have never had it happen to me, I have wondered about it. You turned it into a win regardless with this fun whimsical piece.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you CrisSp!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Nicely done poetic prose I'd say with a bit of hilarity or at least as to how I interpret it.

      Such enjoyable read. Up, pinning and sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I know--but titles just give me fits! Thank you Writer Fox!

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Usually you can change a title just a bit and use it, like adding "a" or "the" or combining words instead of using a dash. If you really need a certain title, it's worth the effort to play with the wording.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one Kim!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hey Denise! Thank you so much!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzette!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Sueswan!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you vespawoolf!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much thost!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Theater girl! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Shanders!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Wayne! You are so kind!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you MrsBrownsParlour!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you dreamseeker!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you drbj!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      You crack me up Ruby! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Tom!! Thank you!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you tobusiness!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi xstatic! Thank you!!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      I really love this poem! Every time I read another one of your poems, I find it difficult to choose a favorite. You have impeccable style and an amazing poet.

      Kim

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you ImKarm!!! Hope all is well in your world!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hey Frank! Hope you are well!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one!!

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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

      Thank you Michelle!!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I've been in this same predicament at times, Audrey. Carry on-your work is sublime and much greater than it's alluring title.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Audrey: Such a lovely poem. I love the line "sibilance of style" great use of words. I can relate to this poem, I too have a difficult time writing sonnets and other types of poems. Thanks for sharing - wonderful!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I hate that it happens....oh well...part and parcel of writing. Sharing again, Audrey! I love this humorous piece.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Audrey

      Love it! I think the title should go to you. :)

      Voted up across the board and sharing.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      At least you can use humor to make light of this frustrating situation! Love it!

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very good Audrey, I like your style.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I love how you take a feeling of frustration and turn it into a "throw my hands in the air, oh well" kind of humor! Also, the best things in life usually happen when you originally had other plans! ;)

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      Shannon Anders 4 years ago from Port Huron, Michigan

      Really fantastic work, can't wait to read more from you!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Audrey, it seems that of late you're writing is brilliant...not to say that I haven't always enjoyed you're work...but it appears that at the present...you are on fire!!! Voting up and sharing!

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Witty and artsy, I love it! "....sestina with suspicion" made me laugh.

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      I hate that...it happens to me quite often. I think up a title that seems perfect, only to be told it is already in use. : ) Liked your poem...found it interesting. Voted it up!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you moonfroth!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I know exactly what you mean, Audrey,

      I am suspicious of a sestina,

      Whether it is plain and colorless

      Or covered in a shiny patina.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Dat' burn, stealing Audrey's title is a ' down ' rite shame.Hee, but look at it this way, you ' dun ' gotta better one. Loved it...

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Pamela!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      The poetry and humor are awesome. I also thought I was following you, so now I am once again. Awesome hub.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, just when i think you can't top what you have written before you do, AWESOME !

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

      Funny but so true..... stylishly executed... as always. :)

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Audrey, you are on a roll with all these great poems you are turning out. This one has a wry self-deprecating humor to it that is wonderful!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      lol..this - and YOU - are adorable! I agree with the comment above - just...customize your title - put an exclamation mark before AND after - or something like that..

      Love your 'Randiness', my friend

      voting/sharing

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      None the less keep up the magical writing of late Audrey...:) I think you can use the title if you add three dots.. I had a title that I liked and I added the dots example: ( Audrey is best... )and it went through

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      June 4 years ago from From the Heart of God

      It happened to most of us. But in the end we come up to a much good one and even a better hub. I guess because of this this hub was created.

      Very nice.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Audrey I applaud you. Very cleverly and poetically done. You should of seen me with my latest I tried three whole times and finally came up with a title which wasn't taken.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I admire how you take free verse and articulate your thoughts through it so beautifully. Sharing, Audrey!

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

      Sheer delight! Damn the Formalists! Believe only in the Circus, as eec advised, and how can you go wrong?

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thanks Nell! Grr! And thank you embarrett91!

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      Erika 4 years ago

      Wonderful, I really like this one!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Love your humor and the way you write, its so, well, poetical! lol! and yes I know what you mean about the title! Grggg! lol!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Aw thank you so much shiningirisheyes!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Audey - I so enjoy the way you use your bit of humor and poetic prose to handle the frustration.

      Very creative, my friend!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hey wetnose! Thank you! And my dog says Thank you too! Sasha and I just got back from a windy walk!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Oh, you are so great!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Spock1--but on HP, if it is taken--it is taken--at least that has been my experience

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      martin monroe 4 years ago from petaluma, ca 95404

      It is my understanding that you cannot legally copyright a title.