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Dreams Sought

Updated on April 12, 2013
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Contemplation. Jean- Joseph Benjamin-Constant
Contemplation. Jean- Joseph Benjamin-Constant | Source

Sleep within the perimeter

of dream’s bounty,

its gift given

without thought

of cost

or of supply—


Limited by age

and infirmity

the moment sought

its coming, perhaps unbidden –


Its bower complete

with a minimum of care

a fruited part

expiated through the flecked cotton

retrieved from life's unconscious efforts--


Its loving hand

upon brow and eye

a remembrance—


Flutters and sifts its way through

into that place of timelessness

cupped in my hand.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      On the surface....I was thinking of the truth of this, that sleep is something that does not come easily, especially as we age. As I read on, I was thinking of your words "life's unconscious efforts..." and that sometimes, what we look for comes to us when we do not try too hard to look for it! Thought provoking and shared.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      We are dreamers, we dream all our life. I loved this poetry, deep and profound.

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

      Personifying "dreams" as a persona that acts independently of the "dreamers" that are profoundly affected by it is a bold move indeed!

      There is a kind of dislocate implicit in this scenario that I had a little difficulty reconciling with the INTEGRATION implicit in the imagery itself. I may be "reading in" or expecting something outside your intent. I''m unsure on this. What do you think?

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I read this as to be daydreaming, remembering days and moments from when we were younger, sometimes when we are just relaxing memories just sneak up on us unexpectedly, then we sigh for that is all they are now, just memories.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Daydreams are a great part of life. Passing this on.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      A very great play with words.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      What a beautifully expressed poem. You are rapidly becoming one of my favorites : ) i love your writing style, your diversity, and your creativity. Thumbs up and sharing this one.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      I have no other words to describe this poem but poetic voted awesome

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Moonfroth--Thank you! I am having trouble identifying your trouble exactly--for me--this piece borders on the surreal--I often feel dreams as both a part of and outside myself--does this help you in the reading of this piece?

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

      Yes Audrey--thanks--sometimes the internal / external dichotomy, WITHIN the presentation of the poem, can get a little garbled. And I agree with you about the surrealistic aspect of the poem.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I love the idea of dreams fluttering through our hands as we try to hold on to them...like butterflies....so beautiful, yet only more so as we let them go!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle--dreams are odd sometimes--are they not!

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      Denizee 4 years ago

      I'm glad I stopped by and read this - Absolute fantastic imagery and creativity sure to entertain any young one - very nicely done - !

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend your poetic writing style and creativity shine in this masterpiece, it's one of the best i have read from you and that's saying something because i have read some very awesome poems that you have written. Well done !

      Vote up and more !

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Vinaya! Thank you so much--I appreciate your visit! Are you writing up a storm?

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Audrey~I just love this poem about our dreams. It's amazing the things our minds come up with in our dreams. I am a huge dreamer and many of them have been inspirations for some of my poetry. Voted up and hit many buttons.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful Audrey! I still dream a lot, some i toss as soon as i wake, others i want to cup in my hand....

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very good. Dreams would be difficult to describe, opaque I would think, but you have done it well, delightfully.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thanks moonfroth--something I am still working out in my work I suppose--the dichotomy seems so clear when I write and then sometimes I go back to see it through other eyes---and well . . .

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      The one unexpected joy that I have discovered in presenting in this forum, is that others read our poems and discover something that you (as the writer) did not know was there. It makes the poems living pieces of work.....great job again audrey!

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very nice poem Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you thost!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Rosemary! Thank you!

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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 wetnose!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Wayne!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Frank!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Theater girl!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting Denizee!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Tom!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Minnetonka!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Ruby! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Jackie!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading one Theater Girl!!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'm so into dreams, as I remember mine vividly. Loved this!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much epbooks!

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      "Flutters and sifts its way through

      into that place of timelessness

      cupped in my hand."

      Beautiful! I love the imagery.

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      Poetry is the vehicle of dreams. Often there is no way to describe thoughts, emotions, dreams except through poetry. You have skillfully written such a beautiful, ethereal piece.

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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

      Hi Cyndi! Thank you!!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      How did I miss this beautiful poem. I am glad to finally have read it. Happy Holidays Audrey, I hope all is well. jamie

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I love this poem, Audrey. It is very deep and thought-provoking.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie! Thank you Phyllis!

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