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My Scale, Revisited

Updated on February 3, 2015
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Porträt des Kaufmanns Georg Gisze, Detail. Hans Holbein the Younger. In the Public Domain.
Porträt des Kaufmanns Georg Gisze, Detail. Hans Holbein the Younger. In the Public Domain. | Source





my nakedness

prompts alliterative thought,

balanced on a bright beam of red

settling into the mist

of coffee

and new promises of gyms

and walking

and salads,

until i want to vomit out

the idea that somewhere

my body

became the enemy.


in my resistance

lie ghosts.

my mother

whose body if fear

i inherit;

my father

whose massive coronary

led to death

far earlier than he wanted.

had he known, had he heard

the hardening of arteries in the night?


i wonder at its stealth

injecting painlessly

tiny seeds of death

in guises surreptitious,

of cheese pizza,

managed by another afternoon

of lassitude.

bring it on

i tell that red needle

before i begin again.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      You've brilliantly created poetry that reflects the fear of many of us. We silently picture the bodies of our parents, out of shape and needing attention to diet. Were they taken too soon?

      Vote up+++ and sharing. Marvelous my beautiful Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi Audrey!! Thank you for reading! And sharing!!

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      OH my! You've hit the nail with me with your poem.... Brilliant!

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Beautiful write. Keep up the good work .VOTED UP!

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Awesome, and yeah, I'm there.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Such powerful insight, worded as only you can....Audrey, you amaze me. Only you could make hardening of the arteries sound melodic. :)

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      I love this poem! You are the best, Audrey. I fight the battle of the bulge every day and I can so relate to this. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, me, I can so relate. My poor dad actually had hardening of the arteries and died of a stroke at age 60! My scale is broken and I keep saying I need to buy a new one ...yeah right.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Susan for reading this one!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzettenaples!!!

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Reality pictured through this wonderful poem, hats off Audrey...it's a modern day truth among almost all of us. We feel guilty to eat and then try to postpone the scale and always promise for another tomorrow which never seems to come ha ha ha. So beautifully done and i loved reading it.

      Take care and votes way up, shared as well.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great poem Audrey. I don't own a set of scales so only check my weight maybe once every six months....always within a 20lb range thank goodness. When I find myself on the higher end I make some changes and slowly go back down. I too wonder if we can learn to hear things go wrong in our bodies...interesting thought.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great poem Audrey. I don't own a set of scales so only check my weight maybe once every six months....always within a 20lb range thank goodness. When I find myself on the higher end I make some changes and slowly go back down. I too wonder if we can learn to hear things go wrong in our bodies...interesting thought.

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      Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

      I can surely relate to the feelings you so cleverly expressed in your poem. You are so talented and your poetry always reflects your gift.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      You have such a way with words and this is stunning. It's scary too.

      Brilliant!

      Ann

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey you are a true poet not one who just gets lucky with a good poem.. wow.. lie ghosts.... love that line

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Who could write a beautiful poem about being overweight and having their arteries harden? Only you! Every comment here is a testament to your talent!

      Voted up, funny, and awesome.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Audrey, when did our bodies become our enemies? I understand the struggle you have written about but I have always wondered about why we would demonize such a beautiful and majestic machine as the human body. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you James-wolve!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Me too lambservant! Thank you!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your poem made me smile even while you made some very serious points in consideration of good health. That's effective.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Great poetry and words for thought. Resolutions?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bones creaking, what could it mean? Have we finally begun to age like mama? Jeepers, creapers I think my scale needs to be repaired, the pointy thingy keeps edging up. loved it Audrey..

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Bill!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      This is raw. I have learned sadly that a woman's body changes after Menopause. I wrote a funny poem about it--"Embracing My Inner Crone." You were much more ambitious and wrote a poem that really captured my emotion.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      You've said very poetically what we all believe in our hearts. We are all victims of our parents' genes.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Well written and so true, dear Audrey. But not to worry if you are talking to your scale. It's when your scale berates you that you can start to worry!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Absolutely marvelous! Voted way up and across the board and shared.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliant! So beautifully written and thought of. Your great expressions are direct.

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      My resolution is to wrap myself in "comfortable" clothes, hiding the sagging aging flesh beneath. As for the other, well...so be it. And, as usual, you have a wonderful way of words that tip the scale.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Those darn scales! Too bad they reflect our genetics and eating/exercising habits as well as they do. Your poetry is wonderful regarding this subject. Too bad the "Battle of the Bulge" is not merely relegated to history. We can see it daily on our scales! Sharing.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      So very clever and relatable. Such a clever use of ghosts.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Faith Reaper!

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Great poem, love every word of it. Thanks a lot for sharing and keep the great work! :)

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      I am at constant battle with my weight, great poem.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      This poem says so much - those dreaded scales, our genetic past, and oh so scary, the arteries hardening in the night. Such imagery. Help!

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

      I think all of those things you wrote in your poem but would never of had the ability to put it wonderful way you did.

      Blessings to you

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      heidi 2 years ago

      This is amazing. I especially like the end of the first stanza.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Rachel and Heidi!

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago

      Quite wonderful Audrey, and so to the point. When did our bodies become our enemies? Sad, tragic really. Theresa

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Thank you Theresa!! It is a reality for many!

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Ah Travelmaj! such imagery even in your comment!

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      Audrey Howitt 19 months ago from California

      Thank you John!

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      Audrey Howitt 19 months ago from California

      Thank you MsDora-I wish my scale and I were better friends!

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      Audrey Howitt 19 months ago from California

      Thank you dghbrh!

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      Audrey Howitt 19 months ago from California

      Thank you Cornelia!!

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      Audrey Howitt 19 months ago from California

      Thank you Pamela! Sad that we all seem to relate to this piece

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      Audrey Howitt 16 months ago from California

      Thank you Jamie!!

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Aww thank you Anna!

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      Audrey Howitt 10 months ago from California

      Thank you Annart!

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      Audrey Howitt 10 months ago from California

      Scales are the worst Peggy! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      So true drbj--I miss your kind words

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      Thank you Frank!

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      Thank you Mary!

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      Thank you manatita!

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      Thank you MzBejabbers!

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      This is a sad thing really--but almost all women that I know are captured and held hostage by their weight--Thank you for your kind words Catherine

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      Thank you Margaret!

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      Oh me too Vellur! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      Thank you DDE!

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