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Endings #2

Updated on December 5, 2012
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Su primera obra literaria expuesta al público fue una poesía introductoria a su obra ¿Quién mató la pintura? en 2006, Museo de las Américas Cuartel de Ballajá, Viejo San Juan. Por: Arcadia Panet
Su primera obra literaria expuesta al público fue una poesía introductoria a su obra ¿Quién mató la pintura? en 2006, Museo de las Américas Cuartel de Ballajá, Viejo San Juan. Por: Arcadia Panet | Source


Today will be the last work done here,

the end of a piece of a journey.

Can I just go out and buy new insides for you?

(I just did)

Old cover.


Will those bright empty pages

gleam out at me--

scare me a bit,

confound, and

circumvent the navigation of my pencil?


Where will you go

when I take you from this cover?

Leather has protected fragile pages,

fragile thoughts

filled with marginal poetry--

edits--

second thoughts.


Will you feel the light more harshly,

find a place in my stacks,

papers softly tearing over time,

obliterating words

so carefully wrought?


And in the advancing years

will I still know you,

or will ganglia tear softly

as well.



copyright/All rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you phdast! And I think you are correct--

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I love it...words, endings, leather, journeys, the feel and smell of paper. All these call to every writer. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you davenmidtown!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you stugod!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      To you as well Lesley! Spring rain is gently pattering and my first student of the day is due soon. Thank you!

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Audrey! what a beautiful surprise for me to find when I opened hubpages this morning. It is an awesome expression of how intimate words can be and the relationship that we have with the impression we give to the blank!

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      Stuart Goddard 5 years ago from Bradford

      I was never interested in poetry as a young man, But now I am getting more interested in it. Must be my age ha ha. Great work voting up

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Another wonderful piece of poetry Audrey, I love your work,voted up and shared.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Very nice, a thoughtful and really poetic HUB. "Fragile thoughts, filled with marginal poetry," really nice images.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hey Jamie! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Aww thank you Sueswan!! You are gracious!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      This is incredible, such a well written poem, a masterpiece indeed! Jamie

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      "Where will you go

      when I take you from this cover?

      Leather has protected fragile pages,

      fragile thoughts

      filled with marginal poetry--

      edits--

      second thoughts"

      A masterpiece. Voted up and away!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Vellur! I am glad that you enjoyed it!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you ImKarn! I am so glad that you enjoyed this one--I really enjoyed writing it!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you racinwa!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      This is awesome. You convey meanings in so many different ways. You are creatively refreshing, enchantingly beautiful, magically attracting. Voted up as always.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Oh, the imagery here, Audrey! The truth of the words! We all carry them with us - as they are just that - US! Love how you put words together to create amazing sentences! You are gifted and i am voting as such! Thanks for reminding me that writing is powerful, personal - and hopefully - impactful!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Wow...this is another glimpse of your writing style Audrey...simply love this...

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Ruchira! You are gracious!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much--I greatly appreciate the read and comments AEvans---

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      You will still know the book although the ganglia will softly tear. The description of the book and pen ran deeply though my veins. Beautifully written Audrey. Voted up and shared.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Audrey,

      I liked how you gave the inanimate book so much importance. I also love doing it but, your poetic form was beautiful and praiseworthy :)

      voted up as beautiful

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Drtruthman! I so appreciate the readand comments!

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      Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      What a wonderful poem and love the photo. A great poetic idea. I really enjoyed and yes, I agree with Vincent Books are indeed like old friends. Great job as always. I voted up all across except funny. Lee

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vincent!!

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      So descriptive and beautiful. Books are like old friends, without them I would weep bitter tears. Take care of them and they will take care of you and nourish your soul. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      So true isn't it! Thank you so much time2write!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      More than welcome Audra!

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      time2rite 5 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      Very beautiful tribute to your writings, Audrey. Like you said in one of your replies: they are like friends, our writings. I carry around with me always some kind of notebook. Once filled, I cannot part with it. I treat them almost like children, lol! Voted "Up" and "Beautiful"!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Thank you Audrey :)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you EclecticFusion! I happened upon a leather bound notebook that I could just refill--I like it so much better than the spiral kind--

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you John!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Ah, I love this! It is beautiful and I voted it that way, too! Oh wait, it's awesome too! Beautiful, awesome, and up! Great work!

      P.S. I carry around a cheap spiral-bound notebook and it's almost full after only 2 months! I need something new!

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Very beautiful hub. Goodbyes are important Audrey, no denying that.

      Great hub - voted up

      John

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Then I am glad that it served a good purpose---I think goodbyes are important--thank you so much for stopping by Audra and hugs to you

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Cheers to you as well always exploring--btw, if I have never said it to you, I love your handle here and thank you so much for the read!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Audrey, saying goodbye and starting new here was captured perfectly. It was a nice piece for me to read today :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love this Audrey..Old books become like lovers, we hate to turn them lose. Cheers my friend..

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you molometer! I always think pieces lose a bit when explained--but I felt that I should do so just to avoid any confusion--I so appreciate the read and the share--

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Another hit Audrey,

      You certainly have a way with words.

      Comparing the poem to the explanation, to Deborah, could not be more different, than chalk and cheese.

      I prefer the poem. Beautiful well done.

      Voted up and SHARING socially

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya my friend!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you savanahl--I so appreciate your comments!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Poetic Fool! Greatly appreciated--it is amazing how I forget what I write--and then happen upon it in the book--always a fun thing!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      The title says about profound things, the complexities of live and living. Emotions and expressions are powerful.

      Audrey, this is very beautiful.

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      What an incredible poem. Such beauty, such depth you've poured out on such a simple thing as your notebook. :) I love it. Voting up and awesome.

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      Audrey, I really enjoyed this. Speaking from my experience the mind gets frayed and dog-eared with lost and torn pages just like those old notebooks. When I look back at some of my old writings, I sometimes don't recall at first if I wrote it or not! Were it not for my very recognizable (and sloppy) handwriting, I might think not! Those old notebooks do become good old friends, though. Lovely write, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      This notebook is an old friend--it contains first drafts of all my work during that time period--over a year--Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank! You are so gracious!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you mcbirdbks--I so appreciate the read and comments--great to keep "old friends"

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      HI Deborah--thank you so much--There was no real message implicit in the piece other than my notebook is now full and I bought a new one to fill my old cover--Saying goodbye to the book I have carried around for over a year--they get to be good friends--Thank you again!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome!Books are something to be treasured because their like old friends which you enjoy visiting again and again.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey this was just fantastic!!!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Very nice. I have 'saved' a book or two by putting them in a fresh binding. I liked this very much.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow Audrey.. this is awesome poem.. my friend ...Today will be the last work done here,...the end of a piece of a journey. . are you trying to tell us something.?. I love your poems.. I am a fan

      Blessings to you

      Voted up

      Debbie