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Pastiche

Updated on December 11, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Laurent DE BONTE, Cimetière du Dieweg
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For National Poetry Month #22



i remember cooking

pasta and crumbling bits

of cheese into it

hoping you would like it,

then kissing it off your mustache

as you spoke my name


i remember the taste of Plump Jack

on my lips

as we made love

across a table

underneath a tree,

a storm raging outside


i remember the smell of Old Spice

on your favorite shirt

the one I put on

when you went away


I cried then

just a little

because the memories

weren’t enough to

fend off the coolness

of night’s promised

loneliness


copyright/all rights reserved April 22, 2012 Audrey Howitt. Do not use or copy without the express written permission of the author.

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      time2rite 5 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      Wow, the memories after Love's promise...whether we lose them to time, death or lost Love, what emotions can be awakened with just a smell! Bittersweet and beautiful, Audrey, in it's haunting pain.

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      andsoforth 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I love this poem, Audrey...so vivid, I can taste it!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Lost love, I guess we've all had one or two. I loved the way you drew a picture of that time in your life, the happiness, then the loss. Hauntingly beautiful..

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Pastiche is one of my favorite words. And now I have a new favorite poem of yours. Very delicately done.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Audrey, lovely poem. How often our senses come into play when we yearn for a memory, a reminder of a certain time. Old Spice aftershave on a shirt, a scent on the wind can take us back so easily and then it's gone, ephemeral but beautiful.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Beautifully said!

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      you paint an amazingly powerful word picture. I can almost smell the Old Spice and feel the loneliness.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      great word pictures, Audrey. great conjurations!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Audrey, you interpret your words so well in all your wonderful poems.

      Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Hey there you graceful giraffe! This is a great visual here. And I loved it! Ann

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Audrey you write how I feel it is amazing

      Voted up and sharing

      Debbie

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I love this poem because I can relate to it so well. My first love wore Old Spice, and if I smelled it today, I would think of him. Beautiful. I voted this UP, etc.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Passionate and very vivid, painting beautiful pictures of love. Voted up.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Reading this today does not remind me of an old love which you meant it to do. The reason being that today is my dad's birthday and he's been gone so long as he died when I was ten and the smell of him haunts me to this day as it was Old Spice. So thank you for the memories and if mom was still here and not with him she would have cried at this poem.

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

      You write poetry very well Audrey. This is very lovely.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey up and awesome!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for the read time2rite--I so appreciate your visit!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you andsoforth!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, those good old, sad memories...great poem Audrey...voted up awesome...

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      This poem makes me feel nostalgic and introspective, I love the passion and then the loneliness. Jamie

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Bitter sweet memories revealed in your lovely poem. Nice work.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much AE!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you sandrabusby!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Jools!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Curiad! So glad that you liked it!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you robie! I so appreciate the read and comments! Cheers to you~!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Justin!!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Exquisite. . .

      What really got to me was "kissing it off your moustache as you spoke my name . . . "

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Joyce!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ann! Nearing the finish line now!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Aww thank you Debbie! Finally catching up a bit!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary! I love that smell!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Hyphenbird!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much raciniwa! Much appreciated!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thanks Jamie! You recovered yet?

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much tirelesstraveler. I am so glad that you stopped by

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Aww thank you Nellieanna!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Beautiful, bitter-sweet, haunting...but the truth is I was captivated by the word Pastiche, a word not used nearly. often enough. :)

      My father wore Old Spice his whole life and now one of my sons does. It will always mean straight- forward masculine strength and kindness...apparently there was a whole generation of we women whose fathers and uncles, maybe brothers wore Old Spice. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Theresa!

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      iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

      It is always intriguing to read the words of a poet so profound like yours. I feel your words so haunting and true.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Audra!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Too beautiful, Audrey.And yes, it reminds us of the strong man who leaves us feeling empty and lonely. A great write, which I share!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      I am glad I went back for a reread, what a wonderful poem. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Michelle!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hey Jamie! Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very emotional poem with such free flowing words and so touchy

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you DDE!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      This one surely touches the heart of every reader. Showing her age she says, Old Spice is part of childhood and adulthood and adds smell to the beauty of your words! Sad but truly beautiful.

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this tillsonititan!

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