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The Betraying Friend

Updated on November 7, 2011
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

I leave you behind

You, my betraying friend

And as the loneliness

Wraps cloying fingers over

Heart and head

I retreat

To the pencil and the page

In search of absolution yet again

Copyright/All Rights Reserved Audrey Howitt 2011

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a great poem because you said your piece and didn't give the betrayed friend the satisfaction of a sorrowful lament. That creates power. Is that a photo of Judas? Great poem. Look forward to more!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Tammyswallow---I think it is Judas---It is good to be here and it seems that Hubpages authors are pretty active!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      There seems to be much more activity during the weekdays than weekends. It may the audience of my hubs though. I haven't been here long but some of the long time successful hubbers are just generous and kind. I love it here. I look forward to more!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you!!! You have made me feel so welcome!

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      Megan Mahajan 5 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      Absolutely beautiful! You said what you needed to say in such simple yet deep words. Love it!

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      SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

      History is replete with great poetry that issue forth from tragic betrayals. Putting pen to paper seems to be a way for amends (at least to the self :) Welcome to hubpages.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Megan and SilentReed---nice when something positive can grow out of a negative experience.

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      Nelly A. 5 years ago

      I'm impressed how you delivered a story in just a few words. Nice one, audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Nelly--greatly appreciated!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Impressive. So much communicated in just a few words...and enough space left for us to each fill in with our own experiences, heartbreak. Great accompanying picture.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you!!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      wow! Fantastic! A true talent!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I love this poem, Audrey. And the title is just excellent. You have touched on a topic that is all to familiar. Not easy to develop, but you have mastered the technique. Voted up!

      vocalcoach~

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much PDX and vocalcoach! I look forward to being here and reading your work as well!

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      Kelly Pittman 5 years ago from Walker, LA

      Loved it. Many can relate to having been betrayed by friends.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Kelly!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I love that you used the word "cloying"

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I love that you used the word "cloying"

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Isn't is funny what words come to you when you re writing? I think word choice is an awful lot of fun to look at--thanks for the read!

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      Website Examiner 5 years ago

      Very nice work. Something to reflect upon.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Website Examiner!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      short-- but captivating I loved it

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I love short! Thank you again!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      audrey, have u checked out a hubber called newday98033? You guys seem to have a similar love of brevity

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you PDX--I took a look and like his stuff! Thank you for the read and the thought--

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      no problem. i like sharing about good writers, especially poets

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is an excellent poem. The betraying friend could be a number of people or things. I like that you left it open for the reader to decide. Your words are well chosen and the clean, simple lines beautiful. A great success!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Hyphenbird! I look forward to posting more and reading more---

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      audrey, u mentioned word choice. Have you read my HUb "Writing Tips Part One, What Can I say?"?

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      No--but I will take a look--

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Audrey-It's great to see you on Hubpages. I know you from Redgage and twitter. Your poem is short and to the point which I agree, makes it more powerful and doesn't give the person too much power. Beautiful picture to go with your great poetry hub :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Great to see you here! I recognized your name and knew it had to be you--thanks for the read--this seems like an active community!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Audrey and I now look forward to reading many more by you.

      Have a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Eddy!!! Same here--looking forward to reading your work as well!

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      Sam Walker 5 years ago

      Yes, so much said in so few words, quite the skill. I loved this one in particular.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for the read and for the comments--greatly appreciated and I look forward to getting to know your work as well

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      Lola1929 5 years ago from Oregon

      Terrific poem. Short and to the point. Don't give the betrayers any satisfaction. Feel the pain and move on... that seems to be what you did... or do. I hope there aren't any betrayers in your life, Audrey. They can do such damage. But, you have overcome.

      Love from Lola

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I think we all have betraying friends from time to time--it is always a shock when it happens though. Thank you so much for the read and comments. Greatly appreciated!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks for taking a look, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thanks!!

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      time2rite 5 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      I voted "Up", Audrey. This poem is short but intense and conveys the pain and anger of being betrayed by someone we've come to love and trust. Awesome job!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you time2write! I am glad that you enjoyed it!

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Betrayal is often followed by pain and wonderment. You described it well in these few words, bravo well done.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vincent!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      You capture the despair of betrayal wonderfully.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      just few words but with so much meaning.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you unknown spy!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      So much said with so little. very poignant and poetic. Love the resonance of these words... shared!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Wow Audrey, a short but powerful piece here!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Mohan! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you ChristyWrites!

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      AAW9 4 years ago

      Great Work Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much AAW9!!

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Heartfelt. I have had this happen and can feel the emotions well for this poem.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Short and filled with meaning, great poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Paula and Vellur!!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      A few words often most often convey some of the most pointed messages.

      Awesome....

      Voted up++++ shared and Pinned to Awesome HubPages

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you pstraubie48 ! Are you on Pinterest??

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Thank you pstraubie48~

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