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The Crowded Heart

Updated on April 3, 2015
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Compassion lives in the crowded heart
Compassion lives in the crowded heart | Source

My #3 for National Poetry Month

i sat upon your lap,

felt the wind pass through your curls

as you rocked me,

singing the old songs

in your old voice.

i didn't know then

that wind only speaks

to the very old,

in whose crowded hearts

there is little room

to do ought, but live the love

they have learned

along dusty roads.

i am not so old yet,

but i feel life pushing its way in

pushing out the fears

and anger which used to reside there,

so that once you are here

i too will be ready.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2015


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      Audrey Howitt 16 months ago from California

      Thank you Rachel!

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      Audrey Howitt 16 months ago from California

      Thank you Mike!

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      anndavis25 2 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Heeelllllooooo Audrey. Checked in to see if you are still writing the good stuff. Yep. You are.

      Also, nice to be a face book friend. I share many of your posts.

      Stay well and happy. Ann Davis

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I like the message in this, for we all age, yet wisdom doesn't always go with it.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      There is an exquisite wisdom in this poem, Audrey. Just beautiful. :-)

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      What a beautiful poem, Audrey, it brought back so many memories from my youth :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      really beautiful

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      Nikki Wicked 2 years ago from Louisiana

      "I am not so old yet, but i feel life pushing its way in" I feel that way every day for sure.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      "There is little room to do ought, but live the love . . ." Thanks for explaining this truth which is a guide for us who are approaching the golden age. Beautiful poetry!

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      I love your poetry. This is especially beautiful - a mature love described. Wonderful.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is beautiful, Audrey. I love your poem.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Audrey. I can really relate to the last part of that poem. Some might think I'm old, but I don't think so, but old age is pushing it's way toward me doing exactly what the poem says. Thanks for sharing.

      Have a Blessed Easter.

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      Tim Mitchell 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you for offering a pause with wisdom of wisdom arriving as truth . . . Nice! :-)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      A Mature poem. Sweet, exquisite and intelligent.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Nice imagery, voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful Audrey. I thought of a time when I sat in my mother's lap listening to one of her stories. Loved this!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      amazing Ms Audrey simply amazing

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      kimmie 2 years ago

      Beautiful Audrey!

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      Oh, the "crowded heart"... full with life lived and loves so many. Keep up the good work Audrey, with what, 29 more...a lot of good poetry coming our way!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      "the wind only speaks

      to the very old,"

      Incredible Audrey! Jamie

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Make room for the new by reading the heart.

      That is a zen poem with the flow of energies, Audry.

      (I voted Interesting and Awesome, but they are not sticking when I refresh the hub)

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Audrey - what remarkable symbolism to be found here. Sharing and voting etc.