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Perspective's Light

Updated on June 9, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

 Sculpture by Felix Pfeifer - "Genesung" in Rosengarten in Dresden, Photograph by Franziska Bauer
Sculpture by Felix Pfeifer - "Genesung" in Rosengarten in Dresden, Photograph by Franziska Bauer | Source




the blanched pit of healing

meets not the expectations

of youth's desire.


in the heat,

it sits silent

accepting,

as it must

in humility borne out of suffering.


"how apt" think the young,

to bend back and till rock

hoping for harvest

out of desiccation.


"how apt" think the old

to bend back

and touch rock

resting under sun's kiss.


"how apt" thinks the rock

to bend back

and feel its body nestle the earth

alive with grubs beneath.






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      Audrey Howitt 2 weeks ago from California

      Thank you abbaelijah!

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 2 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      Nice hub !

      wonderfully and beautifully made

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one SheGets Creative!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Glenn!

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      Angela F 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love it :)

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Very meaningful poem. Life carries forward.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you DDE!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you again Clark--we'll see if I can get something in on time--I am terrible with prompts!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Kathleen!

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      Clark Cook 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Send your email address to me, moonfroth@gmail.com, and I'll forward you the Call for Submissions

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank's Clark! I will check them out!

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      Clark Cook 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Yer welcum Lady. Check out LOST TOWERS PUBLICATIONS, Henry Yang, ed. They've been around for awhile, put out 4 or 5 "theme" anthologies a year. British, I think. They're calling for submissions now. I'll forward the call to you right now. Oh! about three months ago they selected one of my poems (A Dusty Road) and it is included in their current anthology called BRIDGE OF FATES. No submission or readers' fees, but poets don't get a free copy either. Hey! FINALLY a picture of the Real Woman. Good one.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Theresa!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Oh Clark you are right! Fixing it now and thank you for bringing that to my attention!! Have been writing pieces for publication these days--hope that happens soon!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Mel!

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      Clark Cook 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      The new final stanza is brilliant and complete--esp. the stirring of life at its elemental level beneath the inert rock. Perfect! (but--you're gonna smack me--shouldn't it be "feel" rather than "feels"??

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you ubanichijioke!

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Marvelous sculpture and photograph Audrey. My breathing slows every time I look at it, so I can fully take it in. A wonderfully multi-faceted approach, but I think my two favorite lines are, "hoping for harvest ~~~

      out of desiccation." I have always loved the verb "dessicate." Theresa

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Faith Reaper! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you AliciaC!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Such greatness in your powerful way of writing thank you.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      powerful, i love the imagery used here

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      in the heat,

      it sits silent

      accepting,

      as it must

      in humility borne out of suffering.

      your poetry never fails...:) bless you

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting abbaelijah!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you WillStarr!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I have added a final stanza to include the rock'd perspective. Thank you Clark for the idea! I am in your debt.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Simple but powerful words.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Your poems are delightful Audrey.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      the different perspectives, i can see. the stages of life is filled with variety. here you captured all...

      good one!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      suffering unites and separates, both

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Bill! Thank you for your kind words and for your visit!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Brilliant as always, Audrey.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely poem about differing attitudes, Audrey. Your poetry is always interesting and often contains thought provoking imagery.

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 3 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      Wonderful poem !

      i love the style of your poem writing....

      well done and keep the good walk

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Jodah!

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      ""how apt" think the young,

      to bend back and till rock

      hoping for harvest

      out of desiccation.

      "how apt" think the old

      to bend back

      and touch rock

      resting under sun's kiss."

      Wow! Just wow!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much manatita!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby! Smiles to you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Harishprasad!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There are maybe five poets on HP that I read regularly. You are one of them...and for a very good reason....you are so talented!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Oh I like this one Audrey! The different perspectives in the use of the rock are profound. Well done.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Clark--Thank you as always for your insight. Your comments always help me along in my process. Borne is correct in the sense of burden--at least in terms of how I am thinking about it now. And I too feel something is still missing from it--I feel it is missing from the front end of the piece more so than from the back end of the piece--what say you?

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      Clark Cook 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Hmm--the insight and sensitivity to different perspectives--pure Audrey-- are certainly here, and the rock as the catalyst is brilliant. I'm having two problems: do you mean "borne" in the sense of carrying a burden? or as giving birth [which would then be "born"]. And I felt suspended at the end of the poem. The poem is carefully structured; I felt something was missing to complete the structure. Perhaps just me.....

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Beautiful and meaningful poem, Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Jamie! We'll see. If I can get past 10, it might happen!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Amazing! Well Audrey I am sure that there will be at least twenty more golden poems like this! Good morning and have a wonderful Saturday! Jamie

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      How much better to rest in the sun than till, aha the young so full of energy and fire. Loved it Audrey.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      So many perspectives of life at different stages like childhood,youth and ripe age ! With a few words, you have created an ocean ! Great poetry, voted up.