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The Big Show

Updated on April 10, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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the weary know their place.

seating chart

available for public viewing.


their voices silenced

by relentless tasks

a to do list stamped in triplicate

all to be accomplished

before sleep can succor them

for a time

allowing dreams

center stage

upon a darkened proscenium

its lip stretched toward

vacated seats


yes, the weary know their place

lines cued and ready

for their entrance

to the big show.




copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2014


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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you cat on a soapbox!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Blossom!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Hi Ruchira! Thank you so much!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Genna!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you ubanichijioke!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Kim!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Phyllis!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Hi Frank--(blushes)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you John --I am pleased that you liked it

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Anna!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Hi Faith! Thank you!!!

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      Catherine Tally 

      4 years ago from Los Angeles

      A fine piece of work!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Are any of us ever prepared for the big show? Well done Audrey.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A real little gem!

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      Ruchira 

      4 years ago from United States

      Applauding with a wow on my lips!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thak you Ruby!!

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “The weary know their place and seating chart…”

      “…..upon a darkened proscenium.”

      I don’t think I have ever read a more profound way of describing their plight, and of humanity’s enduring failure “upon that stage.” This is awe-inspiring poetry, Audrey.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      4 years ago from Lagos

      yeah, they know their place.

      A place of want and sorrow - the big show indeed.

      good write!

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      ocfireflies 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      chill bumps and V+ as always

      Kim

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      This is great, Audrey -- well done!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey just wow.. bigtime

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You are a very accomplished poet Audrey. Well done.

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      Anna Haven 

      4 years ago from Scotland

      Change is definitely needed. Emotive and great imagery.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Hi Vellur! How are you? Thank you so much for stopping by!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Lisa and Thank you Lisa!

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Audrey, profound indeed!

      Blessings

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Surreal, a sign of the times. Beautiful touch....

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      Lisa Chronister 

      4 years ago from Florida

      This poem has a beautiful rhythm and such beautiful imagery. Nice job!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Great write, as always.

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Short and to the point. Nicely written.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Harishprasad!

      Tank you Bill!

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      A real wonder and awe in your fantastic words ! An exquisite gem ! What a craft ! Audrey.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      Aaaah, yes, so well said. Thank you Audrey. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow! That's all I've got...Wow!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      Simply excellent, Audrey

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