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Poem's Exile: An SEO Keywords Poem

Updated on October 24, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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And so it was

that all came to bid homage

to the Great Google Algorithm.

He, attired in god-like raiment

sat upon throne, radiant,

and ready to pass judgment,

determining those

worthy enough to pass

to continue to limn the Great Google’s presence.


And so they lined the great hall,

steeped in hope,

clad in garb outweighing

the true content of heart, soul and mind.


Gleaming in armor of helmet and mouth-guard

came sports (with 5,080,000,000 hits)

carrying its prized mascot, football (with 1,660,000,000).

Arrayed on all the finery of silkened

position and place,

seven servants came carrying a golden chest

overflowing with money (3,620,000,000 hits)

and the most precious jewelry (1,060,000,000).


And the Algorithm declared that it was good.


Scantily clad,

but nonetheless sexy (2,180,000,000 hits)

politics (1,120,000,000) arrived, bowing low,

and although aware of politics’ lack of substance,

the Algorithm declared that all was good.


Marriage (790,000,000) and shopping (784,000,000)

vied heavily for Algorithm’s attention

piercing pocket books and hearts

with equal abandon during each joust and parry.


And still, the Great Google Algorithm declared that all was good.


Happiness (322,000,000) trailed shopping and marriage,

bowing and smiling as was its wont.

Algorithm was less than pleased

and tapped its fingers upon steel throne.


Happiness’ smile faltered

and yet,

the Great Google allowed it to pass.


Last in line came Poem (175,000,000),

dreamy-eyed,

but containing the conscience of the people of Google.

The Great Google Algorithm arose with shout

and ordered its great and steely guards

to oust Poem.


And so it came to be

that the conscience

of the land lay exiled,

its edges frayed,

its words largely unread,

trampled into dust.


So it was ordered.

So shall it be.


Copyright/All rights reserved Audrey Howitt August 31, 2012. Do not use or copy without the express written permission of the author.

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Thank you Happymommy!

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Thank you KrakyePoku!

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Thank you ladyguitarpicker!

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      Audrey Howitt 10 months ago from California

      Hope you are well Kim! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

      Thank you DaveonLiine

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      Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

      Thank you Jackie!

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      Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

      Thank you Peggy!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you KoffeeKlatchGals!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you Audrey!

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      stella vadakin 13 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Found this to be a great read. You are so creative. Thanks, Stella

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you Sujaya!

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Thank you Shyron!

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      Amy 15 months ago from East Coast

      Keep creating things you love. I don't think it's all about keywords. Writing about things you are passionate about will overcome the almighty keywords.

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      Audrey Howitt 15 months ago from California

      Thank you Cornelia!

      Colorfulone--I loved writing this one and so I am glad that you enjoyed it!

      Not sure that Google liked this one either Word--thank you for your kind words!

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      Korneliya Yonkova 15 months ago from Cork, Ireland

      Outstanding, original and creative poem! Keep your unique work, Audrey! :)

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      Word 16 months ago from Chicago

      Hi Audrey, poem well done and structured. Google should admire you. Keep it up and God bless!

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      Audrey Howitt 18 months ago from California

      Thank you Torrilynn!

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      Audrey Howitt 18 months ago from California

      Thank you heidi!

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      sujaya venkatesh 20 months ago

      ROLF

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      Susie Lehto 22 months ago from Minnesota

      Audrey this is creative SEO. I thought "what?" when I read the title and smiled the rest of the while.

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      Shyron E Shenko 24 months ago from Texas

      Audrey, I love this!

      The Great Google algorithms

      Without a heart

      Needs to make a fresh start

      And remember those of us who love Poem(s)

      Are mostly the ones that Google can trust

      To not rip them off

      Because it is not after money we lust!

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      on Mathsing love!

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      Krakye Omane Poku 2 years ago from Ghana

      woow. love how it all follows in place to tell how well the fact that poetry though essential to the conscience and life of the people is yet the least and most rarely sought for even on search engines.

      very beautifully done. love it, got my votes up

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you GmaGoldie!

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      Susan Haze 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This was great. I love the way you have worded it to make me laugh.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This was humorous and sadly all too true. I have pretty well given up trying to please the Google gods and write about content that interests me. I am not an expert in the topics that they really favor so I plan to just keep doing what I am doing and let the pennies fall where they may. Ha! Up votes and sharing.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well I admire you didn't give up your poetry as I practically have. This was such a fun one sorry I missed it! ^+

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      not if i can help it--upped and shared my friend

      Genius!

      Kim

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 2 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      OK, I keep looking at SEO article after SEO article and no one is as concise and articulate as this poem. Kudos! And the poets out there - take note - SEO is always changing. We need to promote poetry and recognize the importance it plays in our culture.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Mel!

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      David Edward Lynch 2 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Something different, we need this on HP. Pity that Poem came in last!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      OMG! This is brilliant, very clever and oh so true. You are amazing! I long to charge inside your head and steal some of your talent for writing poetry.

      Why is poetry so low on the totem pole? Votes across and sharing.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      i found this to be quite funny and unique. thanks for the hub.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Wow, that was brilliant. I am speechless. I have always preached, much to the wearniness of my family members, that the humanities are the conscience of mankind, and outsting them from the curriculum in schools, as has been proposed several time for budget constraint reasons, is a grave error. Poetry and Google is the same thing. Poetry is the song of our souls, and when our souls can no longer sing we are like zombies, the walking dead if you will. Fantastic hub!

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      heidi 2 years ago

      Clever and funny and gets my vote for awesome.

      So let it be done.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one Sujaya!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Harishprasad

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi Bobbi! Thanks for reading this one!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one anglnwu!

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      shanmarie 2 years ago

      Oh my gosh! I love this! It's humorous, but so true. As someone that often does SEO web content pieces for clients, I find this to be even more amusing. But, that is also the reason why I don't write for Google on HP and make only pennies. LOL. At least the chosen content on my own website tends to naturally do its own SEO keywords without me having to consciously pick them. In short, I rarely bother with looking up keyword hits.

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      grt wrk on Google!

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      If life is a meal, then poetry is a tasty spice to add into it and make it savory and exciting. I think, you have pointed out a genuine regret about dwindling interest in such an invigorating aspect of literature. Audrey, wish more people could turn to poetry after reading such a great message, though said in a lighter vein. Great work. Voted up and shared.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      You are so great at turning a bad experience some have with Google into a poem which made me laugh. Sometimes, the truth is funny.

      So we were slapped by Google recently---I only wish I could slap him back or stick my tongue out at him like a first grader---I might feel better.

      Have a great weekend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      anglnwu 2 years ago

      Nicely said, so sad but true. If they only pause to consider the worth of poems, the world may be a different place, a better one at that. Enjoyed it!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Minnetonka! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Minnetonka! I was on a mission!

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Audrey-Only you have the creative talent to make a sad situation sound poetic. It really bothers and confuses me how something as beautiful as poetry is not given what it deserves by Google. Beautifully written.

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      American_Choices 3 years ago from USA

      AudreyHowitt,

      Oh, my goodness - SEO has finally arrived! This must be the first poem ever on SEO! :)

      Fantastic! Well written as always but the research and applicability to our modern virtual world. Delightful!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Marie--it baffles me as well!

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      Marie Flint 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      This is clever. SEOs still baffle me, but if I'm going to earn anything off the internet from my writing, I'd best learn (and by the time I get it, a new system will probably be invented)!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Romeos Quill--this was such a fun write!

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      The collective mind of' King Google ' has been psychoanalyzed with such truthful aplomb, and a worthy reminder that people should not worship the 'algorithmic false god', and remain anxious, as a result of being subject to its cold, fiscal calculations.

      I think you've echoed many artistic people's thoughts, feelings and frustrations, encompassed by your intelligent, and entertaining satire.

      All the clickety-clicks for this one! You're a beauty!

      Have a marvelous weekend;

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Kathryn! It is true! And sad!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much chrisinhawaii!! My response to Panda I suppose!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is very clever! But it makes me sad for all of the poets, because it kind of seems to be true!

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      Oh my goodness, Audrey, that was hilarious! How did I miss this one back when you first published it? It seems like the gang was all here, commenting. I recognize every single one of these other hubbers.

      So where was I 8 months ago? Probably slumped over with my back to the computer, sulking over my plummeting stats and earnings. Ah well.

      This was so awesome! I feel your pain, Internet poet lady! Will definitely be sharing this one and clicking all those little buttons.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      So good to see you again caprising! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you James! This was a fun write for me!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much viveresperando!!

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      capricornrising 4 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      Wonderful as always, and with a tongue-in-cheek wink to the search engine god of the internet, you accomplish two goals at once. :-)

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      And it all came to pass...the power of prophecy is a great gift! This is wonderful Audrey! It was published before I was aware of your work. Glad I saw a comment that led me to it.

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      viveresperando 4 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      Lol, loved it and quite clever!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading KoffeeKLatch Gals!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I just love your poem. You are so clever. Up and absolutely awesome.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you xstatic! I enjoyed writing this one!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Up and everything here! This is fantastic. I love the irony and the satire of the Great Ruler!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      HI Christy! Thank you!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      So clever Audrey! I love the way you mix poetry and SEO :) I'm sharing over on Twitter, with a smile on my face now

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you janshares!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Mary--I am not at all sure that poetry will ever get a high seo rating--but most art doesn't--thank you for reading!!!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Just came back to read this again, first read 5 weeks ago after joining HP. It makes more sense now, having a sadder quality of truth. I just posted a SEO forum question so I had to come back for this poetic tutorial. Thanks again.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I just came back for a reread on this wonderful Hub. I just wondered if Google is treating poetry any better now a days... I surely hope so.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you James!

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      What a brilliant poem!! I love it! Thank you ever much for it.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Funny how that SEO thing works or doesn't! I just write and don't think about it much! Thank you for taking the time to read this!

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      KrisL 4 years ago from S. Florida

      And yet, and yet . . .about 10 people a month google 18th century haiku poet Chiyo-ni, and arrive at my hub. :-)

      . . . with your title, this may even get some Google traffic!

      Voted "funny" and shared.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Olde Cashmere!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Sally's Trove--It was great fun to write!!

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      This is a highly creative and well executed poem Audrey. Voting up and rating awesome and interesting :)

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Where's the HP voting option for AMAZING? You really got me going.

      I didn't read your poem silently; I read it out loud, from the start. My mouth had a wonderful time, in advance of my brain. I had to go back later to get the "message" which turned out to be as energizing as the cadence and tongue-lusciousness that made my mouth sing.

      Phooey on you, google! "...to oust Poem." Screw your steely guards.

      There aren't enough up and other votes on HP to do this poem of yours justice.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Lizam1!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you vespawoolf!!

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Absolutely brilliant! I really admire your gift with words.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love this poem! You are a wonderful poet...I'm sorry that Google's judgments are so harsh against poetry. But you have a good sense of humor about it, and I bet this one ranks high on Google! Very clever. Voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Alocsin!!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Very clever. If only more hubbers new about SEO and incorporated it into their work -- then they'd make more money. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much snakeslane!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Rebecca---I so appreciate your read and comments!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much marcoujor!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much JayeWisdom--both for your lovely comments and for the share! I am glad that you enjoyed this piece!

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      snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

      Audrey, thank you for your poetic expression and perspective on what's what with the powers that be and the priorities of searchers. Numbers don't lie? Regards, snakeslane

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Marilyn! I so appreciate the visit and the comments!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Poetry will still be around Susan--at least I think so--cheers to you! And thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Molometer--I so appreciate the visit and the share--hope all is well with you in your world!!!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Awesome! This is the most creative piece I have ever seen on HP. This will get some attention, I'll bet. You might have to write a resurrection poem once those ol' Google crawly crawlers hit this. HaHa on them! The biblical form 'shalt be detected and thou shalt not go undetected again!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Audrey,

      This is quirky, cool and ever so informative, even for a poem ...!

      Voted UP and across the board. Hugs, Maria

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Audrey...All the good superlatives are already used up in the previous comments. (Did anyone describe your poem as brilliant? Well, it is.)

      I'm sad that short stories didn't even make it through the throne room door, but since none of my article topics are in the top categories anyway (I can't imagine trying to write about football!), I suppose it's just as well. I'm banished from the Great Hall of Google....

      Oh! One hub made it past the guards, and to think I almost didn't write it. (Apparently a lot of people search for 'home remedies' to get rid of sewer gas without calling a plumber.)

      Voted Up++++ and Sharing

      Jaye

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you lyricwriter!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Bill!

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      Marilyn Alexander 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      This is a fabulous piece of work! How very clever! How very beautiful! How incredibly 'telling'. I wonder how powerful 175 million thinking, feeling, really alive people (hits) can be. You have a new fan. Voted up and awesome!

      Thank you, Audrey.