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The Asphalt of Enterprise

Updated on November 30, 2012
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Example of blown glass utilizing murrine technique. Created by David Patchen, 2012
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They zip by,

these scions of enterprise,

with their dreams and ambitions.

The asphalt kisses their feet.

In the absence of a heart,

a pocket full of the lint of love past

flickers briefly upon the stage

of bottom lines

while children starve.


I gave my last bit of change

to a mother of two today

who had pulled up a bit of

sidewalk.

She may have been scamming me,

but the children . . .


Asphalt didn’t touch me today,

not yet anyway.


Copyright/All Rights Reserved April 18, 2012 Audrey Howitt. Do not use or copy without the express written permission of the author.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this stuff4kids! Thank you!!

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      Amanda Littlejohn 3 years ago

      What a fascinating and thought-provoking poem. Very interesting use of language, too. Thanks. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary!! I am so glad that you enjoyed this one!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Theresa!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You've truly touched the heart here, outlining the entire situation and filling in the blanks in such a short space!

      Voted up and very interesting.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Well worth reading again Audrey. Our hearts should be tender and our hands open. Thank you for reminding us. Theresa

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Jon!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much arb! I am so glad that you are enjoying my work--I enjoy yours as well!

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      Jonathan McCloskey 5 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      This is a powerful and inspirational poem, thank you very much for sharing this with us.

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      Well AudreyHowitt, I have read 9 of your works in the last 20 minutes. When I have finished this comment I will press the follow key. Compliment enough and yet, I think, insufficient to my stopping here. These are not nice poems. Nice poems are sweet and warm and rhyme, but, these are more. They tease the heart to think, to feel, to applaude. And so I stand with heart and applaude the poets work. After all, How does one argue with the heart?

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you raciniwa!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you alocsin! How are you??

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much phdast--finally catching up a bit!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Jamie!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      what a great poem Audrey...greatly written...simply excellent...

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Frank!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you ImKarn!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ann!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Ruby!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Joyce!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting xstatic!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Deborah! I see the finish line!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Katrine!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Faith Reaper!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Rahul!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You set that contrast up quite well. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Powerful poem Audrey. Direct and to the point. Today, America has such stark extremes of wealth and arrogance and desperation and poverty.

      In real life, I feel like you do, what does it matter if they are scammers? I have money I can afford to be generous with...and what of the children.

      Thak you for this important poem.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      Audrey, such a meaningful message, I appreciate this poem very much. Jamie

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey keep up the talented writing up and awesome

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Audrey - if i don't love you yet - i am awfully close..lol..

      Girl - you got heart! And soul!

      My kids used to get mad at me for giving money to street people - telling me 'ma - don't you know they're only going to buy drugs/alcohol with it?'

      My response: I can only do what i feel is right - for ME. Maybe a little human kindness goes further than the $2.00? I hope so..

      voted up/awe/beauty!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Many children homeless, starving. Very sad to see children being subject to harshness of poverty. You beautifully captured all this in your poem.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I feel your compassion. A harsh truth. The poem is excellent.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      We never know the circumstance of other's. We give hoping they will use it for good. Wonderful poetry Audrey..

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Compelling poem about poor childen.

      Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great poem Audrey! It is painful seeing so many homeless, especially the children. Up for sure.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Powerful poem Audrey. Wish everything didn't have to be concrete and steel. Voted up.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Audrey wow.. I could feel the pain of those poor children excellent poem.. you words drew me in'

      Excellent

      I voted up and sharing

      Debbie

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Good one Audrey, it's the sad face of this world where abundance and poverty mix..

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago

      Haunting and so very powerful!!!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Nice lines... In a very short piece you outlined the causes events and consequences of industrialization, capitalism and globalization!

      Very beautiful... painful though! It hurts to see kids starve.. and people who's heart is not moved by such stream of events!

      :) Rahul