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Car Thieves

Updated on April 24, 2015
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

My #24 for National Poetry Month



you

hey you

yes, I'm talking to you.

you who stole my car so blithely

so easily,

yes you.


car thief.


you stole more than just an old Honda Civic

an old car runs,

and running cars are needed

for those days when

WORK happens.

you stole some of that.


you took part of a wedding present

for one daughter too,

part of college tuition for another

you made me feel vulnerable.


because of you

I will have to buy a car

i cannot afford.

I have to work.

unlike you.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2015


PS. I hate writing confessional poetry, but this has affected me so profoundly.This piece will make its way to the sludge pile in a while. I just have to have my say first.

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      Mary Wickison 

      4 months ago from Brazil

      I'm sorry that happened to you. Although I've never had a car stolen, I have been the victim of crime. The knock on effect can be devastating and have ramifications not imagined.

      I know some time has passed now and I hope that you have found a sense of peace.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you Alison!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you tirelesstraveler!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you word!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you MsDora!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you lambservant!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you Faith Reaper!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Hi Frank! How are you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Hi Flourish--it was awful --the whole thing--hope you are doing well though!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you Mike!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      This was great and expresses the terrible feeling of vulnerability. I am so sorry this happened to you. Several years ago someone broke into my car in my driveway and stole some items out of it (my GPS). He left a cigarette butt on the floor of the car and I knew immediately someone had been in my car, as I am meticulous and no one ever smokes in my car. I felt so violated that I got rid of the car. It was a juvenile and he went to juvenile detention. I got my GPS back, but I didn't want to touch it. Although I went to court, I felt stepped on.

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      Judy Specht 

      3 years ago from California

      Dear Audrey, I am so sorry. Car shopping sucks no matter when or why. They just don't make anything as good as an old Honda. Best wishes.

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      It's amazing how theft, burglary, and home invasion can shake us and make us feel so violated! Prayers for provision! Sorry this happened!

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      mckbirdbks 

      3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Glad you were able to get this out of your system. No need to let it boil your insides. What a good way to release the anger.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you MsDora!

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Audrey, you told them! I know it helps to express your hurt. I hope that Providence compensates you in some way.

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      Word 

      3 years ago from Chicago

      Oh no, I hope this turns out for the betterment. I hope you had insurance that included theft. I'll shout up a prayer that you get a real good replacement and that it won't be too expensive for you.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I am so sorry your car was stolen, Audrey! It is good to express your thoughts of being violated in such a manner. I have an old Honda too. I hope you had full coverage insurance to help you get another car.

      Hugs

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      it does feel that someone violates you when they steal your car it's so personal at least to me.. I enjoyed reading your confessional poetry.. and I am sorry you had this happen to you :(

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      Sad that you lost your car, take care.

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      Alison Monroe 

      3 years ago

      Sorry Audrey--it's terribly upsetting when people steal your car, I was surprised how stressful it was even though I got it back. (It was a Honda).

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie--Bill--Mary--Mary it is awful--My 1999 Honda was just a gem--and no--they stripped it and left it--

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      I drive an old 1997 Honda that I have cared for all these years. I understand the Honda is popular with car thieves. I would just die if someone stole my little car.

      Just wondering if you ever got your car back??

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is a violation, Audrey, and as such needs to be written about. I had my first car stolen, a 1969 Camaro, three months after I bought it. I loved that car and it broke my heart when they stole it, stripped it, and left it in a parking lot like some discarded husk of corn.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      3 years ago from Reno NV

      This maybe the only way to let out your anger towards those thieves! Therapeutic and real. Counting down to May. Whew crazy month. I can't wait to go back and either be elated or shake my head. Have a good day Audrey. Jamie

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