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The Color of Water

Updated on April 3, 2017
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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My #3 for National Poetry Month

i was raised,like you

to acknowledge water's clarity,

its depth measured by the ability

to see, or not.

after all, what is real is what is real

and only that is real.

but books whispered to me

of other possibilities

waving hellos and goodbyes

in golds and blues

from their places on my favorite

sunned shelf,

unspooling my 35 mm reality

pulling life through from frame to frame

curling it into ribbons

atop gold water.

© 2017 Audrey Howitt


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    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Lovely poetry books can open other worlds for us. Enjoyed this.

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      I am glad that books whisper to you Mike--I want them to whisper to everyone!

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Thank you so much btrbell!!!

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      Randi Benlulu 7 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      I shared this with my book club. I thought they would enjoy it as much as I did!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is woven with golden threads. Books live on in my childhood memory. Beautiful Audrey!

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      Mary Wickison 7 months ago from Brazil

      A love of books is something we both share.

      This is beautiful, your choice of verbs is perfect.

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      Randi Benlulu 7 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful! I love reading your words, melodic and comforting.

      Thank you

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go again, taking a mundane title and creating something beautiful with it. Talent is what you are all about.

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      mckbirdbks 7 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Audrey - The books whispered to me also. This is another excellent example of your talent.

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      Liz Elias 7 months ago from Oakley, CA

      Ooooohhhh!!! Shivers and chills! What a succinct capture of all this madness we call 'life.'

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      Audrey Hunt 7 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I love this, Audrey! Books have been, and still are, my stepping stones to living. I am such a thirsty soul for knowledge. Beautiful and filled with inspiration.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      This is fabulous. Gosh, that title would make a great novel title.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Great read, Audrey. Another exquisite piece!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 7 months ago from Reno NV

      I need the fantasy world of my book life to help me survive the real. But really poets use our lovely fantasy to bring the real to earth. Much Love, Jamie.

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      Hari Prasad S 7 months ago from Bangalore

      Excellent. Books open up perspectives we can never even imagine.

      Pl do read my post 'the book on shelf'. I had written about books wishes.

      - hari