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Karmic Retribution

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

For National Poetry Month # 6



I have to write

about my anger,

my disappointment,

my absolute incredulity,

at the dishonesty,

the thievery,

which sends my self-righteous

self

into paroxysms .


Over and over again I will say it!

And shout it from the rooftops--

“You stole my piece,

You bastard,”

and dared to call it your own

and placed it on your website.

My piece--

I wrote it—

“My Private Hell”

It is ironic, is it not?

It is fabulous!

For certainly,

you have created for yourself

“your own private hell,”

where no vacancy sign

shall ever appear.

Karma is everything my friend.

And yours just ran out.




copyright/All Rights Reserved April 5, 2012 Audrey Howitt

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      Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

      Get Him Girl! Anyone that steals from you, better watch out! They are no where near as awesome and as good a poet as you. Hence why they need to steal.. Karma is a Bi*** and she will get her due.

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      Jonathan McCloskey 5 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Great poem, I hope all this animosity ends soon.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Well said. Whoever is driving the karma bus needs to ignore the speed limit to get there quicker!

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      My goodness! Who did this to you? I will leave them a comment that they will never forget!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great you will get them. I had a new follower called BillySC he's a thieve of another follower I SPAMMED HIS BUTT this morning.Joyce

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is awesome, Audrey! I need to link this to the hub I wrote about thievery!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Done deal, Audrey! I've linked this poem on my latest!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You go Girl. I saw your poetry on their site and many others. I believe in Karma, Their day will come.

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      miakouna 5 years ago

      Great poetry! Your words are written with such passion and lots of feelings. Awesome!

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Powerful and assertive! You truly send a forceful message across in this poem.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      shout it out girl! hope they steal this one.. so they can feel your wrath in words...

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      time2rite 5 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      You go, Girl!!! I'm with you on this one. Hell isn't hot enough for the likes of those who would DARE to steal what isn't theirs! Why don't they go work for National Inquirer where lies are the forte?!?

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      well said audrey.

      deeds always complete a circle and that's when karma comes into action.

      beautiful poem and voted up indeed!

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      You've struck a common nerve with this one, Audrey! And expressed so well what we are all feeling right now! Thanks for sharing!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      Audrey, they stole my "Cutting Wood" poem, I feel pretty helpless about it. I agree with your angst, I was hoping to use these works later, yet now I feel that they are useless now. Jamie

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Audrey ~ you have expressed exactly how I feel. I, too, have had my work copied word for word. At least two that I know about.

      What cowards those are who rob others of their hard work and originality!

      "Karmic Retribution"...exactly! Voted up and awesome on this stunning piece of work by Audrey Howitt, my own hub friend.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Well done Audrey,

      I like it, kick bigEzine to the kerb (curb)

      What a bunch of thieving ratbags.

      Voted up and 4/5 buttons sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      They've gotten some of my hubs too and I feel exactly the way you do. They even left my name on the pictures.

      I hope they get their site taken down soon!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      They have a few of mine too, its driving me mad, I love your poem, I think you said it for all of us, I would love to know how they are stealing it, if its copy and paste, then maybe we should all do the 'disabling right click' thing, that would stop them! I just asked it in the forums, but haven't got a reply yet, wonder if we could do that?

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Nikkij!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Actually I do too! Thank you so much for the read!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      This is awesome! You found just the right words to express your disappointment and anger! Voted up and awesome!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Wow! I hope our Karm hasn't run out yet! powerful piece AUDREY! Take care!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      So sorry this happened to you. All thieves must be punished to an extent when they will never think of copying again. Great poem with a powerful message. Voted up.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes Audrey so wonderfully said.

      An Up up and away here.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      Oh, my! This is happening all over the Internet. Plagiarism has always been a very present demon. I have been hubbing for several months, and I have 6 article publications on HubPages. I really want to share some of my more creative works, but I am leery of thievery. I published several some years back, but I am afraid to do that on the internet.

      There are millions who lurk the Internet looking for easy ways out. People copy research works, poetry, stories, and anything that would save them from performing the work themselves. If a lazy person steals your poetry and publish it in his class, who will discover it? It is possible to bust him/her, but most thieves get away with it.

      Consider some of the well-researched, well-written pieces on HubPages and other sites that include parenthetical citations, reliable sources, and summaries! A few alterations here and there (i.e., cutting and pasting, paraphrasing, etc.) to make it appear to be theirs could mean a research paper that took only an hour or two while the honest may need up to two weeks to get theirs together.

      The Internet is a fabulous resource and market, but thievery and other crookedness are turning it into a nightmare.

      I am apprehensive about opening an Adsense account, and whatever else I must do to get paid. I feel protective of my personal information. Getting paid is attractive, and I enjoy writing, but I am a clucking chicken when it comes to publishing works other than articles over the Internet. I am waiting for improved security to protect the hard work of writers. Imagine someone getting paid for your hard work. How crooked!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Sunshine! I hope this all gets resolved soon!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you WD! Unfortunately, a lot of hubbers have had their content stolen lately--we are all upset!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Good for you Joyce! I am hoping he doesn't do that to anyone else!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Victoria!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Victoria!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you AE--so sad!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you miakouna! So appreciated!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you molometer!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Just Ask Susan! I think we all feel this way!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      What is the disabling "right click" thing Nell? I haven't heard of that--

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Eclectic!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you SanneL!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you time2write! I so agree!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I so appreciate the read and comments Ruchira!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Poetic Fool! I do think everyone is upset!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Jamie I am so sorry! I think the site will get shut down--but I would file a DMCA complaint with Google

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Lord de cross--happy Easter to you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur! I so appreciate the read and comments!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Eddy! Happy Easter!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      It is terrible when someone acts in a dishonest way--and so many people here have been hurt in this last week--

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      I believe in Karma too. What comes around goes around.

      They will get clobbered sooner or later. The sooner the better.

      Voted up and away!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Sueswan! Hope you had a great holiday!

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