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Eyes Leak

Updated on April 14, 2015
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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My #14 for National Poetry Month


eyes leak.

they can't help it,

spurting across surprised cheeks

veining red highways

in languages evasive

and punctuated

with clarity,

torn from diary pages unattended.

They chart maps

into unknown terrain,

posting lamps to

allow us to see ourselves

in some sort of abrupt shift,

if not more clearly.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2015




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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Audrey, I enjoy looking at crying as a necessary part of life. Sometimes the cry must come. Hopefully followed by a laugh. I am worried about my motivation, how is yours? I am thinking about throwing in the towel. Kinda tired. Jamie

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Ah the eyes, a river into the soul. Beautiful Audrey!!

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      Need to buy one of your books with these poems. As I read this poem, it so aptly describes a seeing of my life not seen before in recent days. Just beautiful.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful poem, Audrey...

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Tears have never been described so beautifully. Well done!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      wow, this was simply amazing Audrey

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I am always impressed by what you manage to convey in so few well chosen words Audrey, and your poetry always leaves one thinking...which is good. Voted up. Congratulations on writing a poem each day so far this month...I couldn't manage it and I see Jamie is struggling.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      How could we live without tears... Our leaking eyes show our sensitive souls :)

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      My eyes leak even when I don't expect it sometimes. It's good to know I'm not alone.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Strange for me that this should come today; I have been at the hospital for some tests and found out all was well. To my total surprise, I started sobbing uncontrolably with relief. I'm not usually so emotional but the tears gushed forth! When they have to, they do, and thank goodness for the spontaneous show of emotion.

      I've started two poems this month and finished neither yet. They will be finished, even if it's next month, but you are doing so well with your output. Superb words, as ever, Audrey.

      Ann

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I am glad that all is well Ann! We cry for all sorts of reasons I think--relief is a big one!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      My eyes leak for my son. I'd give anything to see him one more time. Beautiful Audrey.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      This reminds me of my grandfather. Every time he spoke of his deceased wife who had committed suicide years earlier, his eyes leaked. He would never acknowledge crying, always holding it in as much as possible.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Poetry of the rivers of no return, nice.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thoughtful Hub. Excellent work!

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      Angela Joseph 2 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful, Audrey. My eyes are about to leak now.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Mike!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Manatita!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Tears can literally, increase clarity. Perfect!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Annanovice!!

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      Thank you quildon!

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      Audrey Howitt 21 months ago from California

      Sometimes eyes leak for the ones we love most--Bless you Audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Thank you colorfulone!

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Thank you ArtDiva!! You are a gem--and keep smiling!

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      Audrey Howitt 17 months ago from California

      Thank you Jamie--hope you are doing well!

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      Audrey Howitt 17 months ago from California

      Thank you John!

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      Audrey Howitt 17 months ago from California

      Thank you Frank!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you Rachel!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      They do Cornelia--Tears are the well of the soul

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you annart!

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      Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

      You know Ruby--the eyes do tell so much! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

      My father was that way as well Flourish! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 10 months ago from California

      Thank you Suzettenaples!

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