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Relevance Speaks

Updated on December 1, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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Relevance speaks

in the tongues of the dead,

their hearts

opened and directed,

a map to the stars.


Their symbols once held

in hands

detailing the

wisps of stories as old as the wind which carries

their smoke across valleys

in a language

turned within,

curls of meaning

drawn out

like so much straw blown on a winter's day.

And so I listen

with

my soul

drawn upward to meet it.

It speaks.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2014



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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      So relevant to my own post...of the dead that speak, symbols of life once lived. Just beautiful!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Awesome. You are a gifted poet, dear Audrey. It reminds me of those I know who have passed.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you ArtDiva! And thank you Flourish!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Brilliant poetry, Audrey. Glad to see you back.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Short sweet and sublime!

      Not new from you, O Bard of exquisite beauty and word-crafted Light! Salutations!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      your words sometimes haunt.. hmm a master poet you are Audrey.. and I still think you rank up here in the top three... maybe two.. love iy

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish said it all...you are a gifted poet. I'd love to be able to conjure images as you do....beautiful, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi Faith Reaper! Thank you!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The imagery in this poem is beautiful, Audrey. I love reading your poetry. You convey so much meaning with your words.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Very lovely, Audrey, I can see the relevance curling up to the stars.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you MizBejabbers!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Manatita!

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      This is simply beautiful. I read it twice, going back for more. It was even more satisfying upon repetition.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Beautiful poem Audrey, really thoughtful and poignant, loved it!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Voted awesome, beautiful, and interesting, Audrey. Your poetry is always exquisite and a joy to read. My favorite line, " . . . curls of meaning drawn out . . ." This poem salutes the dead in a way that "speaks relevance" to the importance of honoring and remembering the life lived after one is gone. I read it twice, too, as Iris pointed out.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 2 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Once words are written, they last as long as they are relevant to someone.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful poem and so greatly expressed,

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Absolutely profound! We were just talking today about the words of our late parents, forever in our mind to jump forward whenever they are relevant to whatever we are facing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This stirred up memories of past spoken words of looved ones who have gone to heaven and you're right, I listened again. Beautiful my gifted poet...

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Audrey, you say so much in a relatively small number of words. "And so I listen." Meaningful poetry!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Aww thank you Frank!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Bill!

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello Audrey,

      Your words come as close to describing my feelings at historical cemeteries and battlefields as anything I've ever read. Beautifully expressed!

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      ignugent17 2 years ago

      Wonderful!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is really beautiful. It's one of those poems that becomes more enjoyable each time it is read.

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      prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Vote up as always (beautiful, awesome, and interesting). Have a good day!

      Prasetio

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful poem, so beautifully expressed! You are so good at it.

      Vote up as beautiful!

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Audrey, I can’t add anything more to the above comments, except to say that I am a devout fan of your poetry; it is illuminating, profound, elegant, mystical and deeply thought provoking.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you AliciaC!

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      Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

      This is a lovely poem Audrey. It is thought provoking, and I thought it was beautiful.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      It speaks if we but listen. Beautifully done Audrey. I agree with Genna, everyone's comments are perfect for this poem.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Iris!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I love the poetry of the meaning of the word relevance to you with it matching the wisps of smoke from the picture of a lit match. Up votes.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Nell!!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes it does and we shall only be still and listen...

      Well done...powerful choice of painting imageery

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, great write.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Great poem, Audrey, especially love these words:

      their hearts

      opened and directed,

      a map to the stars.

      You have really great imagination :)

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      Audrey Howitt 11 months ago from California

      Thank you Genna--I am humbled by your comment!

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      Audrey Howitt 10 months ago from California

      Thank you BarbRad!

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Thank you Mary!

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Thank you cat!

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Thank you Jan!!

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      Thank you DDE!

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Thank you Cornelia!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 months ago from California

      Thank you Martie!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 months ago from California

      Thank you MsDora!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 months ago from California

      Thank you Chitrangada!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 months ago from California

      Thank you ignugent17!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 months ago from California

      Thank you Peggy!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 months ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!

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