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I Float

Updated on August 22, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

tanakawho, 2006
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The moment stills


into


a breath



the drop of water


glistening




its prismed world


a stillness


in which


I float



copyright/all right reserved Audrey Howitt 2012



I write this paragraph in defense of the smaller poetry forms. Haiku, Tanka, Senyru, and the like are true poetry and despite the fact that Hubpages deems poetry in the smaller forms to be "substandard," this poetry and these forms are anything but. I hope that Hubpages ill change its policy to make it easier to publish the shorter works of poetry without adding excess verbiage.


Once more HP has deemed this a substandard piece (June 4, 2013). I am again requesting that HP change its policy. As of August 22, 2014, HP still deems this a substandard piece, lacking quality. I don't think they will change their minds!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you ubanichijoke--this is one that the powers that be at HP don't like--so I am glad you read it and found it compelling

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      Short i know; a very carefully selected gathering of words for a thrilling effect. The shortage in(of) words made it more compelling.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Tolovaj!

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      You opened interesting discussion about shorter and longer pieces of literature, I always say short story is much harder to write than a full length novel. It demands much more discipline and no fluff is allowed. You have written beautiful song and there is no need for additional words here.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you thost!

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      thost 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Beautiful poem Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Susan! Thank you so much!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I find peace in your poetry and came by to do exactly that today. Thank you Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Howie!

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      Howie Watts 4 years ago

      Nice job of painting such a vivid picture with such ease. It is a true talent to capture and paint a thought or feeling or picture in the mind of the reader with few words. I agree that HP needs to revise its stance on short form poetry. It is not my style of writing ( I am more geared towards lyrical or narrative) but I sure enjoy reading it. Thank you for sharing your art form with us :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Bobbi!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Michelle!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey! I hope all is well in your world!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Laurinzo!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you LailaK!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Phillydreamer!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Dana!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you MrsBrownsParlour!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gals!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      Such beauty and passion with only a few words----amazing. I loved it.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is beautiful. It is not substandard. My new hubs are substandard also. I have been gone for a while.

      Yours however are amazing, lovely and wonderful and deserve to be published.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I was in need of something to bring me a feeling of 'peace.' Remembering that I read this poem a few months ago, here I am again. I love the image of both your poem and your photo. And...I'm at peace.

      Sharing...

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      Laurinzo Scott 4 years ago

      Absolutely breathtaking...

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      LailaK 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      This is beautiful! I like your reflection in the end about short poems. Yours is short, beautiful, and fascinating! Voted up :D

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      The little moments always become profound when someone takes the time to reflect.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Beautiful. Simple. Emotive.... i long for the stillness you express in such a lovely way.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much beingwell!!!

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      This is lovely and graceful; it needs nothing more. :-)

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Awesome poem. Simply awesome.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hey Stacey! Happy Easter! Thank you so much for reading this one!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Very simplistic. I love it audrey! Voted up!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Caroline--thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Poetic Fool!

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      Poetic Fool 4 years ago

      Well said, Audrey! I am in total agreement with you. HP has slowly but surely been drifting away from creative writing as the months have passed. I do hope things change but I'm not holding my breath!

      Your poem, by the way, is absolutely lovely. I enjoy these shorter forms too. Sometimes an economy of words is much more effective. Thanks for sharing your poem and making your point so eloquently!

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I think that is beautiful! And I really wish that the policy would change for creative writing and poems on the platform!

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      Caroline Marie 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Very beautiful Audrey. I completely agree with you on hubpages standards. There is a lot of beauty and knowledge in simplicity. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Laurinzo!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you LKMore!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Eddy!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Absolutely beautiful Audrey... so few words said so much...

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one unknown spy!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Life Iz Beautiful!

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      So beautiful, Audrey. As I read your words and Hubs I am inspired. Thank you for sharing such a lovely gift with the world.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Genna!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Olde Cashmere!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Epi-Man! Your kindness is one of the reasons I started on here--take care my friend!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Sueswan!! I so appreciate your kind words!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much viveresperando!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Audrey and I vote up plus share.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      this one beautiful masterpiece audrey. i love it.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you tobusiness!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Joanne!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Nikki!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Wayne for reading and commenting---I so appreciate when people take the time---

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Valleypoet!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Gypsy Rose Lee!! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Moesky!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Martin! Thank you for your visit! Always a pleasure!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you mcbirdbks!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you tillsonititan!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Nellieanna!I so love your work---I have thought about putting pieces together--but am not particularly drawn to that for myself--at least not now--we'll see what happens down the line!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary!

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      Thank you Tom!

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      Thank you Will!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you tngolfplayer!

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      Salini 4 years ago from India

      Beautiful work Audrey... voted beautiful

      thanks for sharing

      have a lovely day ahead...:)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting drbj!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Brownella!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you xstatic! I am glad that you enjoyed this piece!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you La Thing!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Audrey, I love your poetry. The words may seem simple on the surface, yet reveal such depth and perception. I agree with Nellieanna: ". . . its prismed world . . . " The imagery is boundless with possibilities.

      And I sooo agree with you about the length of a poem. “Substandard”? What hooey. Sorry, Hubmasters, but quality is, by far, a more substantive measure than quantity.

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Lovely poetry Audrey with so much depth captured. Voted up and rated beautiful and awesome :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Allur!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...and you always make me 'float' as well. You are most definitely a poet's poet and I am also here to wish you Happy Valentine's day for tomorrow - be well, stay happy and warm wishes sent to you from lake erie time canada 5:50pm

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      I am floating atop the beauty of your words.

      Voted up, beautiful and sharing.

      Take care

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much dghbrh!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

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

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Carol! So good to see you here--thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you europewalker!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wow this was so good :)

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      viveresperando 4 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      so a lovely share.. enjoyed it.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Anna!

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

      Beautifully done, and so very expressive.

      You are right, the short poems can truly be a work of art, as you've clearly demonstrated hers.

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      I love haiku and senryu and all the smaller forms. This particular one reminds me of Basho. It's beautifully written and styled.

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      Nikki Wicked 4 years ago from Louisiana

      Loved it, short but intriguing. I feel theres a bigger meaning behind this message. The drop of water...life itself, a whole new world upon which to float, ponder. Even the smallest of things hold great importance in the circle of life... even short poems/hubs. :)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Beautiful Audrey. I love your poetry.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you marcoujor!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Your words are art, Audrey...and I totally support your stance.

      Lovely, lilting form with a "picture perfect" photo. UP & ABI.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you John!!!

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Audrey, so beautiful - you're an eloquent poet!

      Voted up

      John

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Than you moonfroth! You do me honor!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rajan!!

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Awesome...a single moment beautifully captured :-))

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Theresa! Best to you!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Loved this.

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      Moesky 4 years ago

      A micro-cosmos of words, images and emotion. I agree with all the rest of the comments. Beautiful and daring. Hubpages should take note.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      WHAT A VISION! Thank you

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Beautiful - anything but substandard.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Oh, Audrey ~ What could be more inspirational and lovely than your poetry. And the image is a perfect compliment. Stay on the path ~