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The Disguises We Choose

Updated on April 30, 2015
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

I have run out of poems
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My #30 for National Poetry Month

pencils leave dusty trails

graphite, upon altars

where words are sacrificed daily

in the name of love, or lust,

finding some transparency

in their speedy dispatch.

a slit here,

a lift there.

i watch their trail

and wonder who i am really.

a poet is only an event planner

in disguise.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2015

ps--And so I bring this month to a close. Thank you so much for taking this journey with me. I was not sure that I could do it this time, but thanks to you, I have. I will rest a bit and start reading your work now--

Thank you!



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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for your kind words RTalloni!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      That's quite a closing for the month, and so appropriate. As I read your lines I realized that the difference between love and lust applies to poets/writers. Why do write--to give or to get? Who are we indeed? Nicely turned!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you James!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoyed reading well done! You have reached a great point in writing

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you SuzetteNaples!

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      What interesting imagery..."dusty trails..." I love it. Congratulations on making your goal!

      Voted up and awesome!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Mike!!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      A very clever creation... it is no exaggeration for me to say that I am in awe of those like you who can concisely create long lasting and often very profound imagery....

      I am so happy I stopped to read this...voted up++++

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      I like this...poets plan....very carefully, thought it may not always seem that way!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful poem! What a wonderful finale of the poetry month!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Nice definition given for a poet..the pencil's fate is also touching.

      Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I love it. A poet truly IS an event planner.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hope your muse is back now, and great poem and oh so true! lol!

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I understand you completed your challenge with this poem. It is a wonderful finish for you! Congratulations!

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      anglnwu 2 years ago

      Beautifully said. The poet distills the world and put it in a pearl, so the world can admire it. You'll never run out of poems. Keep them coming.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Mmmm, 'a poet is only an event planner in disguise'. Something to ponder. Audrey, I know you have enjoyed this annual poetry challenge :)

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      I have never met another poet , at least as far as I know , yet we must all be so similar witin our souls ! Love this !

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I enjoyed this Audrey and can just imagine the graphite on paper scrawling out new poems for those not inclined to use computers or other sources. Takes us back to a time when pencils and paper were more common. Up votes and sharing.

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Well done Audrey, Congrats my friend. You are awesome indeed. Hats off.

      Votes and shared.

      Hope you enjoying a well deserved relaxing weekend.



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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India, New Delhi

      Audrey, what a marvelous feat ! 30 poems in a poetry month. Congratulations. This is really a stupendous task. This poem reflects some fantastic images. I loved words depicted by you as sacrificial things in this poem. Voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I commend you for writing all your poems. I don't write many poems; I leave that job you pros to write so we readers can enjoy!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Well done, Audrey! You have accomplised much with all these poems; perseverence pays.

      This one is great; how good to end on a poem about words and writing.

      Up ++++ and shared.


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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Lovely poem, enjoyed reading your April series and looking forward to read more.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      really great poem. I really did enjoy reading indeed.

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      Vivian Sudhir 2 years ago from Madurai, India

      Great article. Nice reading your poetry.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Masterpiece. Your poems are so beautiful, Audrey. You are definitely an event planner in disguise :)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      My pranams. You're done! Obeisance to you.

      I commend your exquisite and masterfully crafted Hubs. Never doubt yourself. Poets, like you and I, and a few more, are also instruments in the hands of Something Higher. God speed!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Congratulations Audrey, you did it! Something I didn't even attempt to achieve. I really like this poem that you finished off with too.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina


      I started April determined I would publish a poem a day. Life got in the way. Congratulations to you for going the distance. I look forward to going back and reading more. Up and shared my friend.


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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely poem, Audrey. Congratulations on celebrating another National Poetry Month in such a beautiful way.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      In my opinion, your achievement throughout poetry month is exceptional. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Beautifully done! Bravo!

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      I've enjoyed reading your poems this month and you certainly did rise to the ocassion. I love the lines "a poet is only an event planner in disguise." LOL! Not your poetry!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you shanmarie! Thank you ArrtDiva!

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      Frida Rose 2 years ago from Maryland

      Short, sweet, and truthful. Great poem.

      Also, congrats on getting through the month!

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Beautifully written.It takes my breath away! Voted up!

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

      Pow! Wow! Fireworks in the sky! Congratulations! You went the distance! And with style.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Congratulations Audrey! You made it! There are some great poems created this month. I am so happy to have experienced it with you. Jamie

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      You did it! A month of beautiful words, leaving your trails of graphite...

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      shanmarie 2 years ago

      It's true! So many potential for disguises in a poem.