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Paper Smiles

Updated on March 2, 2013
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Distorsion de colores
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words splinter

red-lined among silver shards

tearing the walls

of paper smiles

held in place

by expectations met and abandoned.


Do I smile so easily, so disingenuously then?


capture windowless lies

in the bowels of moments pressed like flowers

between pages of tears shed unheard


You smile so easily, so disingenuously --

imprint yourself elsewhere.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2011


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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Cris SP!!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I'm pretty sure, I've been here before but I don't mind landing back....it's simply beautiful. Love your writing style and the choice of photo.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Sunshine!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Amazing poem, it brings on a smile :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Lady_E! Hope all is well in your world!

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Awesome and I love the colours too.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed thoughts of paper smiles reminds me of paper roses. Voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you again Nikkij!

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      Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

      I loved this one!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you duffsmom!!

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Well done. Love the last stanza "You smile so easily, so disingenuously --

      imprint yourself elsewhere." Well said!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya and iamaudraleigh!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Just...Lovely

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Sarcasm and irony in your composition is wonderful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you tillsontitan!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Great. What a joy ride through your lines. Voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Daisy! Much appreciated!!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Audrey,

      I love how you paint images with your words. Thanks for publishing this poem for all of us to read.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you tammyswallow and vespawolf--Greatly appreciated!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Beautiful, and a nice reminder to be genuine.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      One of my pet peeves is people saying, "Hi, how are you" and they are gone before you can answer. I say, why bother asking in the first place. You are a poet that sees right through this. Well done and just a stunning way with words!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hey Jamie--thank you!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      "Imprint yourself elsewhere" What an incredibly powerful ending. Thank You! Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Jspot!

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      lost love 5 years ago from Flames of water and love

      This is beautiful. They way one can feel the letting go or holding on for another moment of painful love and ligt. Love the way you word play with my emotions.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you as well Simplicity--I look forward to reading more of your work

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      Simplicity4All 5 years ago from Rhode Island, USA

      This is very unique and i think the picture you chose captured its essence beautifully, thanks for checking out my stuff Im glad to have been led to your hub!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Drtruthman!

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      Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Interesting and simple. It makes the reader think which I believe is always an important aspect of good writing. Very good. I voted up and interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Epigramman!Stay dry and warm--I am off to walk the dog in the rain--

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....well you are a soulful deep thinking writer and then you put it all together into a sublime poetic cocktail - hubawesome is the word of the day from the epi-man - lake erie time ontario canada 12:01am

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for the read and comments vocal coach!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Audrey, I love your style! Powerful words, well placed. So glad you joined hubpages!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you writer 20 and phdast--and I guess I would rather be a wort-meister than a wart-meister!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wonderful poem...you are indeed a wort-meister (master of words. You use words so carefully an sparingly and yet convey so much.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great poem, voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Just Ask Susan---thanks so much!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful piece of writing!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for the read AE--greatly appreciated!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful, I loved it. Thank you...

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you kittythedreamer!

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Ohhh, very pretty, Audrey! Voted up and beautiful. Love your style.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much @mikielie, Hyphenbird, Mary, PDX and Tammyswallow--I greatly appreciate the comments and because I am new here, I just to to say thank you for the warm welcome here.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You really are a fabulous poet. I always look forward to your poems. A+

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      another brilliant piece, Audrey!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Well written. Thanks. Goodnight

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      There is much to appreciate in this poem and it is so well written. I enjoyed reading it, and reading it yet again.

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      mikielikie 5 years ago from Texas

      nice poem. thanks for sharing!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for the read and comments Kelly and Dim---much appreciated

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Tallgardener!

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      Tallgardener 5 years ago from Somerset, UK

      A proper poet on here, it's great to see. Well done.

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      Kelly Pittman 5 years ago from Walker, LA

      You did it again! Lovely.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      Ímprint yourself elsewhere´ ..... brilliant.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting Frank and Savannah!!

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      savannahsmith098 5 years ago

      Beautifully written.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      I have to admit it again I love your writing style up and awesome..