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Pearled Moments

Updated on April 18, 2013
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Brocken Inaglory. Black Pearl in its shell.
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The loneliness of pearled moments

pulls

at the edges

of heart’s most tender door,

to color its trim

a bright blue

of whispered promises.


Promises of dreams unraveled,

unaided in their story

of dreams laid down

in perfect cadence

like Botts’ dots

on freeways pointed toward freedom,

measured precisely.


And as I measure the distance between,

I press the distance of faces

of those most missed

into memory.


I frame their faces on the corridors of time’s face

and wonder how

to reposition

the points of stars

framing my dreams

to include their new lives.


Separate.


And I know this is as it must be.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Diane!

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      fishtiger58 2 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Beautiful Audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one ubanichijioke!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      I have felt what you felt...

      and just like you, I know they are doing well.

      so as you said, so i say "And I know this is as it must be."

      another awesome write.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one kschimmel!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 3 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Thank you for sharing this with us!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      We wish we could really have those pearl moments again...and when we have them, we seldom cherish them. Such is the irony of life! Thanks Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Audrey!!!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Absolutely stunning! I love this: " The loneliness of pearled moments

      pulls

      at the edges

      of heart’s most tender door,"

      How do you do it? You are beyond amazing. I can't find the words to tell you how much I love this. Thank you Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzettenaples!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gals!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Denise--thank you so much for your kind words--I love that a pearl is representative of the soul--I think of poetry as deeply spiritual

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Sannel!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Nell!! I so appreciate your visit and comments--trying to catch up!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Sue! Thank you so much! It's a beautiful day here!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      hi shiningirisheyes!! Thank you so much!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much cynthggt!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Isaac! Thank you so much!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much MrsBrownsParlour!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you, thank you Faith Reaper!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Nikkij --how are you? Thank you so much!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Tom!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Frank!! Hope you are well! Thank you so much!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Nellieanna--

      Such a beautiful verse from such a great master--and so life affirming--I am catching up slowly now that my schedule has calmed down a bit--Thank you!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Martin---best to you--

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much xstatic!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Dana! I felt so overwhelming this year trying to churn out a piece everyday--Thank you for your kind words!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Ruby!! Thank you! On my way to visit you now!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Audrey, your poetry is exquisite. Each poem is a masterpiece woven together with beautiful words and images. Thank you! Voted up and shared.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Awesome and up. Your words mesmorize. Your mind flows with the memories.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you wetnose!!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful words of hope, promise and the reality of life as it goes on.

      I especially loved the opening lines describing the opening of the heart and the pearl. In my spiritual practice the Pearl represents the Soul within and the Heart opening is the experience necessary to connect with all-within ourselves and with the world around us.

      Many blessings.

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      Sannel 4 years ago

      Oh, how lovely! Beautiful and eloquent written, carrying words to ponder upon.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Beautiful poem Audrey, promises of dreams unraveled.. wonderful!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      "I frame their faces on the corridors of time’s face" Wonderful imagery.

      Voted up and beautiful and sharing

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      A hearts most tender door......lovely symbolism in every line. Wonderful poetry.

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      cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

      I was caught up in like a trance, feeling that sensation of memory in the moment. We all know it and feel it but you put into this poem what we do not or cannot always share. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Wonderful words taking me on a journey full of memories. Passing this on.

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      Very enchanting, I nust say. It Kinda reminded me of a story. beautifully written Audrey. I can't wait to see more.

      I. White

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Eloquent and poignant. I love this line: "I frame their faces on the corridors of time’s face". Beautifully done!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Audrey,

      This is stunning! I knew it would be just from reading the amazing title!

      Really great write here.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Nikki Wicked 4 years ago from Louisiana

      Your poems are always an enigma of words, with such deep meaning behind them. Beautiful

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very awesome poem my friend !

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey you are simply smoking with your newer editions I find them most imaginative... voted awesome

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Audrey - So poignant and lovely. As I read it, I think of so many missed, too many gone from Earth, but some who still live but who are entangled in illness or weighty concerns & cannot be near. Your conclusion is wise:

      ". . .Separate. And I know this is as it must be. . . " ~ for is it not so, that, as Gibran says:

      "You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.

      You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.

      Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

      But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

      And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

      Love one another, but make not a bond of love:

      Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

      Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.

      Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf

      Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

      Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

      Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.

      For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

      And stand together yet not too near together:

      For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

      And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow."

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Lovely painting in words. Pearls were Arlene's favorite

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      loneliness of pearled moments

      pulls

      at the edges

      of heart’s most tender door...

      What a beautiful title followed by such beautiful verse!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      I will never look at Botts Dots the same way again! What a beautiful and clever poem.... I can relate, sometimes pondering those I let go or that let go of me.... So very glad I stoped to read this. I can feel it burrowing into a little place in my heart where I keep poems like these.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful, pearled-moments..Momories of ones missed, just lovely....

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Wayne!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Wow, Audrey. I cant tell you how many times I have been mesmerized by those bots dots and fell into hypnotic musings. I can feel the sensation as I read your poem. Thumbs up!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Wonderfully written.