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Mourning Tools

Updated on January 22, 2016
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we mourn the dead,

the dying.

tiny movements made, each day

toward the day of loss--

each a hundred,

a thousand losses.


we mourn,

our eyes transfixed,

tears, the currency of trade.

we deal out pieces of ourselves,

wrap ourselves deep

wait, until the earth warms

thaws

those hearts, unshriven.


I mourn.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2016



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      mckbirdbks 15 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Oh, how deep and somber. Beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 15 months ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Mike--sometimes I wonder how long it takes

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      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      first love the title ..Mourning Tools.. clever and as always a wonderful poem awesome Audrey :)

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      Romeos Quill 15 months ago from Lincolnshire, England

      I saw patience in giving; seeds sown from the fifth season of the heart into the impasse of others' lives and just as a rumour of spring tarries for winter's tension to cease, so the individual and collective sorrows are endured in obscurity whilst waiting for such transition to reach conclusion.That's where I went with it.

      Thoughtful piece Audrey.

      Regards;

      R.Q.

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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      A most profound piece, yet so vivid! Exquisite poetry!

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      Jay C OBrien 15 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      There is no loss for energy cannot be destroyed and we are energy. We transform in the twinkling of an eye.

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      Genna East 15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Audrey, your words are like gentle whispers of the soul, murmuring a profound, intimate truth ...solemn, reflective, beautiful. You have a remarkable gift.

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      Victoria Lynn 15 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's so beautiful, Audrey. I echo many of the other comments on here. Well done.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is beautiful, Audrey, but then I expect beauty from you. The topic, mourning...I don't allow myself to mourn any longer. It took years to reach this point, but it's healthier for me.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Even after the ice and snow melts, our heart's still mourn. Yet we continue on. Your poem is deep and touches the heart.

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      MizBejabbers 15 months ago

      Life is a challenge, and it's natural to mourn losses. It's beautiful, Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 15 months ago from California

      Thank you RQ! Your verse is so beautiful!

      Manatita! Thank you so much for your kind words!

      Thank you Jay C. I know that, but it is still hard--

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      Paula 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Audrey......This emotional piece lifted right off the screen and directly through my heart. "I mourn." Those words will linger for a long time.

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I think the association between two very different words "mourning" and "morning"is apt. The first signifies our grief at the loss of someone or loved or something lost, and the second the beginning of a new day and the rest of our life. Lovely poem that made me think.

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      I agree with Jodah. This one makes you think. My interpretation of it is that we never really stop mourning the ones we love and lost, and the ones we have to watch die while our hands are tied. It's always there even as years go by and Summers melt the Winter months. Time never takes away a certain part inside of us that will mourn our losses forever. This is a beautiful piece of poetry!

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      Nell Rose 15 months ago from England

      Beautifully put Audrey, and so very true, nell

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      Linda Crampton 15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This poem is thought provoking, beautiful and sad, all at the same time. Thank you for sharing another of your creations, Audrey. I love reading your poetry.

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      Audrey Howitt 15 months ago from California

      Thank you Frank! You are kind!

      Hi Genna! I hope you are doing well--thank you for your visit and your lovely words!

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      Nithya Venkat 15 months ago from Dubai

      Sad but beautifully expressed.

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      Audrey Howitt 15 months ago from California

      Thank you Vicky--hope you are well!!

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      Ruchira Khanna 15 months ago

      Beautiful composition since mourning is a transition in every body's life...

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 15 months ago from The Caribbean

      Audrey, your poem is well appreciated, especially because the topic is one we rather think about than talk or write about. Thanks for voicing it.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      This really resonated with me. Beautifully done.

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      Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago from Texas

      Audrey, such a beautiful poem. I know when I see that you have written a poem that it will be a good one.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      Shannon 15 months ago from Texas

      I really like this. It's relateable to everyone. Even when the point of acceptance is reached after a great loss, a type of bittersweet memory is left behind. No way around that when something has such a major impact on the life and heart.

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      Deb Hirt 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think we will continue to mourn until we take a stance. Great work.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 15 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautifully expressed on a subject we avoid talking about !

      Thanks!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 15 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Lovely and most expressive poetry.

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      Sheila Brown 14 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      A beautiful piece, as always, Audrey! :)

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you Deb! I so appreciate it!

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you Missy! I so appreciate it !

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      Peggy Woods 14 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Beautiful poem Audrey about a serious subject and one that few of us miss experiencing each in our own way and time. You have a real gift of writing poetry!

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      Mary Craig 14 months ago from New York

      You have touched the heart in a very real and beautiful way. Well done Audrey.

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      FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

      I had to read this one again. I have a dying cat who has been like a son to me for 14 years and as he fades we both celebrate his life but also mourn him, even though he is not yet gone.

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Oh Flourish--I am so sorry! This was written because I have an older dog--she is now 13 and a half --I know how difficult it is and how important it is to both celebrate and mourn--my heart to you!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Hi Shyron--thank you for reading this one! Hugs to you as well!

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Deep and lovely. Awesome poem!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      You know Bill--I think I have a lot to mourn--but then, I was given a lot of grace as I have gone along--Thank you for your kind words!

      Ruby--I am glad that my words touched you in even a small way--I think that is what poetry should do--Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Theresa--

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you John! Sometimes, they just flow out that way--and this was one of those

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you fpherj48!

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      Audrey Howitt 10 months ago from California

      Thank you MsDora!

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      Audrey Howitt 10 months ago from California

      Thank you Shanmarie--I hoped it would be relateable!

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      Dianna Mendez 10 months ago

      I still think about my parents who passed years ago. I can now face the fact I will see them once again... can't wait. Your poem is beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      Thank you Ruchira!

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      Thank you Chitrangada!

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      I think you will see them again as well teaches--thank you for your kind words

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      Thank you tillsonititan!

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      Amy 8 months ago from East Coast

      Yes, our hearts do eventually thaw out. Great poem about loss. Both bittersweet and positive in a way.

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      Thank you Happymommy! I agree!

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Thank you Peggy!

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Thank you Sheila!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 months ago from California

      Thank you Nell!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 months ago from California

      Thank you Linda!

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