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Spring's Motif

Updated on March 21, 2013
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Fleur de givre, à Lajoux, Jura, France Annick Monnier
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A sylph of motif

of time’s rapt attention

at the chasm


it whispers old lyrics

of opportunity’s song,

into my frozen ear

thawing one note at a time,


feeling winter spin out


its loneliest cry

a loon’s one-note sonata


pistoning in

through tide pools of inertia,

a simple motif,

an ear worm

trapped in the thaw.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013


A note: I write in shorter poetic forms and find those most satisfying. I hope that HP will reconsider their stance on the shorter forms and discontinue marking them as substandard.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you moonlake!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Beautiful and I love the photo you used. Voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey! You too!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Poetry as beautiful as this deserves a second visit. Love it even more the second time. Enjoy your summer dear Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Phoebe!

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      Beautifully written, as always. ^_^

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you toknowinfo!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Theresa--I will look them up--I am starting to move toward publication--

      Thank you Made!!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Audrey - Are you familiar with Finishing Line Press. I was just recently introduced to it and they seem a cut above the self-publishing route on Amazon and other platforms. I don't know enough about them yet, but two pretty good English professors/poets at the university had Chapbooks of their poetry published last year.

      Currently FLP is holding a competition and only 15$ is required to submit 26 pp worth of poems. Don;t know if you would be interested, but you might want to look into it. Theresa

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank youuKoffeeKlatch Gals!!!

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      This is what spring is when it's put together in a combination of beautiful words.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Kathryn!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful. I can almost hear the snow thawing to make way for spring.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Linda--I am feeling sad about the HP treatment of poets these days--

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Substandard my foot. Audrey, this poem is absolutely incredible. I love the images of the winter thaw and spring's arrival. I am also getting substandard on some of my hubs that are personal. I think their getting too strict with writing rules. I write what comes from my heart and I will never change that. You my friend, are a talented poet :-)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Winter is okay, and I enjoy it for a while. But I really like it when Spring comes, the colors come out, and everyone thaws. The warmth is glorious!

      This is a pretty poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Denise! Thank you! And I suppose one of these days I will get around to gathering them all--Thank you again for your kind words!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Deborah!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Isaac White!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Peggy W! I bet spring in Houston is gorgeous! Thank you so much for reading this one and for your kind words!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Rebecca--thank you so much for reading this one and for sharing!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this piece Radhikarsree!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Olde Cashmere! Hope you are well!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      hi Audrey!! How are you! Thank you for your lovely comments!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for stopping by Rajan--and thank you so much for your kind words!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya! I hope all is well with you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Mohan for reading and for your kind words! I hope all is well in your world!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      HI Mary--Thank you so much!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful poem, Audrey. I applaud your note of clarification at the end! UP and sharing.

      Have you considered a book of poetry? These are so lovely, I hope you do gather them and publish!

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      Kelly Gross Tyler 4 years ago from Walker, Louisiana

      Enjoyed the cool chill of winter through this! Very descriptive!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you dghbrh!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Justin!!!!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Beautiful poem. It's a shame Hubpages considers short pieces to be substandard.

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      Annick 4 years ago

      Thank you for presenting the picture of my "Frost flower" (with the source) next to your poem to your readers. Regards

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Jamie--I am off to pay you an overdue visit!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Theresa!

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

      your welcome

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Issac!

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

      Audrey,

      your poem was very creative. I voted up

      I. White

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Audrey,

      I well remember waiting for those days of the thawing ice and snow when we lived in Wisconsin. You captured that spirit beautifully with this poem. Springtime in Houston is a beautiful time of year with blooming azaleas, Redbud trees covered in pink, bluebonnets and other wildflowers coloring the sides of the highways and so many other plants showing off their brilliant colored vestments. The temperatures are also moderate prior to the heat of the summer months setting in for a long spell. The air is perfumed with lovely fragrances. Voted up!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading and for you lovely words MrsBrownsParlour!

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      "thawing one note at a time"....magnificent! I am also a musician (pianist/accompanist) and greatly enjoyed the musical theme here.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Aww ImKarn! You made my day! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you SueSwan--I so appreciate your kind words!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Beautiful! I am glad winter is "spinning out."Thanks for sharing a lovely poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzette! Maybe something has changed lately--I am not seeing the substandard warning lately!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Audrey: You've got to be kidding me that HP considers short poems substandard! They are much too controlling and don't understand the beauty, thought, and hard won effort that goes into your poetry. Your words are delightful and this poem is a masterpiece in my opinion. Thanks for sharing your special poetry talent with us. Just beautiful!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you jaydene!

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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

      Thank you Faith Reaper!!! I am so glad that you enjoyed this!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Nice poem here. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this vespawoolf--and thank you for your lovely comment!

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Stellar Poetry and beautifully done. Voting this up and rating awesome, interesting, and beautiful. Highly inspiring work.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Vellur!! Thank you so much for reading this--I hope all is well in your world!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Nellieanna! So good of you to stop by and read this one--and thank you for your warm words!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Gypsy! I am so pleased that you enjoyed this piece!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Rosemary! Hope you are well! Thank you so much for reading this one!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Audrey - You are a creative genius. Love every word. And for the record, I am completely in favor of the shorter poem. It should be the content, not the length of the poem that counts. Thank you, precious one.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much drbj!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one sholland!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Valleypoet!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      HI Suzie HQ! Thank you so much for reading this one!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Ruby! I hope all is well in your world!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Frank! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Just beautiful, your words are enchanting and powerful. Voted up.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Spring is my season, I was born in spring, I was almost dead once spring. Many good things occurred in spring, and many bad things troubled me in spring.

      Loved your work very much, bright and colorful!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Beautifully etched poetry - each sentence conjuring imagery and conveying the seasonal splendour. wonderful!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi teaches! Thank you so much!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Blossom! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Martin! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Nell!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you wetnosedogs!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Angela Kane!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful poem. We don't have spring thaw here in S. Florida, thank goodness, but I do look forward to the weather becoming even more warm.

      You are just a wonderful poet, and don't stop writing your poems just because they may be short. It doens't take many words to convey a message!

      Voted UP.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Audrey.....simply mind blowing. Up and away

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Wow, Audrey. Absolutely brilliant!

      " it whispers old lyrics

      of opportunity’s song,

      into my frozen ear

      thawing one note at a time"

      Up and shared...

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      So beautiful Audrey, can I say perfection. Jamie

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Elegant, word perfect, what wonderful images.

      I certainly hope HO reconsiders there policy. Theresa

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Epiman and tobusiness! Colin--I loved Pavarotti for the sweetness in his tone--and Domingo for the power in his--Carreras--less so

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Audrey, this is beautiful and very impressive, I love how you captured the retreat of the Winter ice and the coming of Spring. Unfortunately, here in the UK the big freeze is unrelenting. Great work.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Yes , You tube to me is like a modern wonder of the world. It has everything . I can't seem to stump it.

      How do you feel about the legacy of the 'original' Three Tenors?

      I managed to see Pavarotti twice in Toronto back in the day - once at Roy Thompson Hall and again at Maple Leaf Gardens.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Oh me too Colin! Listen to a piece called Zefiro Torna on you tube--lots of fun!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Speaking of beautiful music - one of my favorite recordings is

      Pleasures of their company with Kathleen Battle and Christopher Parkening - and I adore the Tallis Scholars.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Carol7777!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much xstatic!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Your words warm my heart where the spring sunshine has not yet reached!

      Beautiful!

      voting up and sharing forward, Audrey dear!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      Simply beautiful.

      Voted up and sharing

      Have a good day. :)

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      jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Finely written, yes spring, a lovely time. great job:)

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very beautiful written poem my friend ! I wish spring would bloom soon !

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent and stunning poetry.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Your poems are loaded with such descriptive, evocative, powerful words---longer is definitely not better in this case. I love "whispering old lyrics...into my frozen ear...thawing one note at a time." Beautiful!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful, amazing and beautiful, voted up. Great poem. Voted up.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Lovely and beautiful words. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Ahh Moonfroth--you are so kind! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Jackie!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Just gorgeous, Audrey. It literally gave me goosebumps. I was going to mention a line or two I especially love - but I'd have to mention them all! It's really a special poem.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Wonderful thoughts of spring. Love to listen to loons.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A beautiful, evocative vignette.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Colin! Thank you! And yes--I have sung Flora before in Traviata