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In Search of Grace-The Longing

Updated on November 6, 2019
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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This is a poem that I wrote about my search for grace in my middle-age. I am keeping the original poem here and my rewrite from 2019. A lot of time has passed between these two versions of this piece. I hope you enjoy both.


Rewrite in 2019


I know now

that longing is unsated hunger

rumbling in a cavernous cubicle

a heart, a stomach,

they can each hunger


world and sky meet

as I hold myself open

gratitude flowing like

a delta.


I long to hold myself open

long enough

deeply enough

to feel day's promise awaken


Blow gently upon this hunger

let breath calm the soft pine down

embolden my voice

harrow the pathway

so that I may follow with god's kiss

and rest easily.

Copyright Audrey Howitt 2019





copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2011



Original write From 2011

i long again for the gratitude of a soul

holding its heart open

to world and sky-

i long again to feel the promise of the day

awaken me -

i call to those who know my path

those who have traversed

the softness of pine down

and ask that they blow gently

upon the fervency of strained heart

to embolden voice and harrow the pathway

so that I may follow with the kiss

of godhead upon my heart-



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2011


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    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you so much alocsin!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Wonderfully expressed sentiment. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      9 years ago from Nepal

      Beautifully expressed. The choice of expressions are awesome.

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Tammyswallow!! I am inactive now and have been for about 4 years. I love the law actually!

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      Tammy 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      I don't think you need to search very far, you are so graceful already. It is strange how you can pick up the nuances of a person's personality in their poems. Beautiful!

      Are you a lawyer? I am a paralegal and I know what you mean about the legal paperwork! Excellent as always!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank--this is a lot more fun to write than legal briefs

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      Frank Atanacio 

      9 years ago from Shelton

      this was amazing you have that style -- poetic and again amazing!

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you newday--for the read and the comments!

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      newday98033 

      9 years ago

      Very nice! A zillion images in a few lines.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Hyphenbird!!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      9 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is lovely Audrey. I searched for that grace most of my life only to discover God had been offering it all along. The softness of pine down is a great way to describe it. I enjoyed reading this.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thanks again Jodi!

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      Jodi Sykes 

      9 years ago

      I love it!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you John--I guess I have and I haven't--is about the best way I can sum it up--but then I wonder if poets ever really do

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      John D Wilson 

      9 years ago from Earth

      Hi Audrey,

      Good poem.

      Long ago I found my God's grace, and no matter the situation, have learned "to be content, no matter the situation".

      Hope you've found the same peace.

      To your continued success.

      Cheers,

      John D. Wilson

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Lola!

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you so much!!!

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      suziecat7 

      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great poem - glad I found you.

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      Lola1929 

      9 years ago from Oregon

      Beautiful poem, Audrey. The kiss upon my heart. I love it.

      I voted up... beautiful. I especially like the picture. The sense of peace is wonderful.

      Love from Lola

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Ercolano and Will--I am asking these days--

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      WillStarr 

      9 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, all we have to do is ask.

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      Sam Walker 

      9 years ago

      Very beautiful ... traversed the softness of pine down... very good indeed, I enjoyed it, I like the concept of a series searching for Grace (that was my mother's name, and trust me after being abandoned as children, we did a lot friggin' searchin' for her ourselves - it lasted ten years!) LOL. Great poem, and nice to 'meet' you.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      aww thank you!!! This is from a series of poem about searching for grace0

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      WillStarr 

      9 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "to...harrow the pathway"

      And make it smooth...like our Audrey.

      Well done!

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