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The Edge of Dreams

Updated on September 1, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Glen Josselsohn was born in Johannesburg in 1971. His art has been exhibited in several art galleries around the country - with a number of sell-out exhibitions on the South African art scene. Glen has always had an interest in art especially being t
Glen Josselsohn was born in Johannesburg in 1971. His art has been exhibited in several art galleries around the country - with a number of sell-out exhibitions on the South African art scene. Glen has always had an interest in art especially being t | Source




the edge of dreams


is where i lie,


eyes open most of the time,


hoping to see the moment pass


in which i find


the me i lost


when i folded that part away


lodged carefully in some suitcase


intimately packed away


with the sanitized dryer sheets


everyone loves so much--


my edges softened


by burred pleasantries--


hidden


out of sight


under the bed.



i lost something that day,


an unrelieved bitter taste


which always reminds me


of salt.



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      Anne Harrison 2 years ago from Australia

      A poem which truly speaks to where I am right now. 'I lost somethign that day' - so understated yet poignant.

      Thank you for sharing

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Jackie!!!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So very visual and very good!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi bradmasterOCcal! Thank you for reading and commenting--I am not sure I understand it either!

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      I don't understand poetry, but I am impressed by people that can write it.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Shyron! And thank you for the share--so appreciated!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Audrey, I love this, it reminds me of me, especially "eyes open most of the time," my husband wakes me and will say sometimes, "why are you starring at me?" Because I sleep with my eyes open sometimes.

      This is really beautiful.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much aviannovice!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I can see, and sympathize, as I have felt the same thing before. Excellent work...I'm VERY impressed with your work.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Sujaya! Thank you Cornelia!

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Beautiful poem, love the words about the eyes opened most of the time. Hope all our dreams will be infinite and all of them will come true :)

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      worthy dreams they are

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Lisa--I appreciate your heartfelt comment!

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      Lisa Williams 3 years ago

      This is so very beautiful! I often find myself thinking about how much I have changed over the years. Much of the changes were so that I could fit into the mold of the role I chose to play, (mother, wife, responsible adult, ect.) As I have grown I have started to shed much of the need to fit in. I have learned that I am on a journey to find myself. This realization has indeed, relieved a bitter taste in my mouth! Now I taste the sweet essence of freedom, and I love every minute of it! Thank you for sharing this beautiful, well written, thought provoking piece!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Rajan! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting ChitrangadaSharan!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful and I wonder how many among us do not go through this.

      Voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful and so creative and expressive!

      Thanks!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you abbaelijah!

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 3 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      Humm!

      Nice and beautiful poem.

      Good work, more grace to you...

      Thanks for sharing !

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Nell--and i wonder if those lost parts of ourselves don't get found eventually

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      I was reading through your poems and came across this one again, I think this is one of my favorites as it does remind me of me, or the me I have lost, wonderful!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thanks Michelle!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Oh yes, we tend to lose ourselves in the little details of life, don't we? And yes, the picture worked perfectly, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzanne!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Your descriptive words are great! I liked the "burred pleasantries". Voted beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Nadine!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow, what a well written poem .

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      It certainly is Michelle! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this one!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Brilliant, Audrey! The edge is hard for us writers to negotiate, isn't it?

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Astra Nomik!

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      Cathy Nerujen 3 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Wow, what a lovely and well crafted poem, Audrey. The edge of dreams is where many of us can find inspiration, and you certainly found it with this poetry.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hey Cyndi! Thank you!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      Salt. Wonderful, and powerful words and salt - oh, the representation there. Wow! Awesome work.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you marcoujor!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I know I do not take enough time to visit your work as I read this, Audrey.

      You have an ability of getting my mind to ponder, wander and reflect- which to me, is the true beauty of poetry.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Nell--I wouldn't worry about whether the interpretation is correct--poetry is one of those things subject to varying interpretations--it is all a matter of what it says to you that is important

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Dee aka Nonna!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Audrey, I don't know if I interpreted your poem the way you meant it, but to me it makes me remember the 'me' that I have folded away too, long story! wonderful poem, nell

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Nadine!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I like to read your poetry aloud, it begs to be spoken rather than just read in thought. Your poem and the artwork compliment each other perfectly

      Wonderfully written and expressed

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Christy! Thank you!

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      Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

      Far too many of us are living at the edge of our dreams....not knowing what to do or how to get to where we dream of being. Wonderful poem. Voted up and awesome.

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      Nadine May 4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Only in a poem do words become more that just words. They form a symphony. Words become stepping stones leading into a void. Within that empty space poetry finds its way, like yours did. Thank you for that, and for honoring a South African artist.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Beautiful, as I come to expect from your wonderful poems.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Judy--Thank you--Wikimedia commons has many things in the public domain--not all though so you have to be careful about what you pick

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      HardworkinJudy 4 years ago

      Thought provoking poetry. I try to use my own photos when possible. But there are sites which allow us to use theirs for free.

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      Marie Flint 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      You're probably right about the difference between Wikimedia and Hub Pages, but why are those caps and numbers even listed on both Wikimedia and the HP Tutorial? I know nothing about copyright licenses, except we can't use NCs if we are putting ads on the hub. I think, too, when we link to other sites, Wikimedia included, we stand a better chance of attracting traffic.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I never use anything but wikimedia, and only those licensed under the creative commons. As far as I know, Wikimedia does not mandate the form of the accreditation--I will look at the HP tutorial, but just because HP says it is correct, does not make it so in the eyes of wikimedia

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      Marie Flint 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Copyrights are a touchy subject. Essentially, I look at the practice of giving credit as internet etiquette. I unpublished at least a half dozen of my earlier hubs because, after studying the HP Tutorial, I knew the accreditation was incorrect. If I can't make a picture myself or find it in Wikimedia (Flickr, Morgue Files, and Public Domain are also acceptable sources), I contact the website and email for permission to use the photo I want. Usually, people are receptive to giving permission when they know you will be linking the image back to their website. SA stands for "Share Alike." I'm not really sure what the numbers mean, but I think it has something to do with shutter or pixel settings, or something (I'm not a photographer).

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Marie. Thank you for your informative comment. However, when I have linked the photo back to wikimedia, hubpages has pulled the hub---I did not know that the license attribution was necessary--

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      Marie Flint 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Audrey, you should properly link the source on the photo. I tried to click on the caption, but could not follow to any website. Manually going into Wikimedia Commons, I pulled up the license attribution as CC BY-SA 3.0. You should add this to your source credit. You do not need to explain the artist's background; save that for another hub.

      You may use the title of the artwork "Balance" in your caption if you wish. The linked source, however, should read: Glen Josselsohn via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0. (Period not used, but that's all.) When properly linked, the source will show in blue. (Attributions are explained in the Hub Pages Tutorial).

      I like the poem. I will have to reread it to truly benefit from its intrinsic message. --Blessings!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Rasma!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful poetry creatively done. Love that painting but you know that face reminds me a bit of a thinner Hitchcock.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you drbj!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      You have a unique talent, Audrey, of saying so much with so few syllables. Interesting image that you chose - sort of part Dali, part Picasso. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Sue and Nellieana!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, dear Audrey. Well, yes, a revered sage has said that we must lose our lives in order to find them, which I think reaches beyond its own context. I relate to it at a personal level as involving personal responsibility. There is, perhaps, something a bit static about folks who coast through life without facing that trying challenge. There's something pathetic and telling about those who face it without stepping up to its vital reward.

      There are also many wise historic references to the functions of salt, from its savor to its power to permeate and unify its host, which your poem subtly recognizes and brings into play.

      Your amazingly deep poem gently weaves the sagacites together with your own serene, wise, beautiful perspective and artistry; and, undoubtedly, - telling experience and triumph.

      Oh, yes - and that painting is so perfect for this!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      I hope you never hide your wonderful talent to paint a vivid picture with your words.

      Voted up+++ and sharing

      Have a good weekend. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this Nellieana and Nell--it is sad when we lose ourselves

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Loved your poem Audrey, and the picture went so well with it, I totally admire people who can put words into poems with such meaning as this, nell

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Incredibly poignant and, actually, sad. It's so relatable. Thank you for sharing!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great poem, beautifully expressed.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Valleypoet--it is often true isn't it?

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Brilliantly crafted as always...this one felt quite sad, the truer self packed away under the bed believing that the World only wants the inauthentic...also sad because it is so often true...the picture is awesome...thanks Audrey:-))

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Blossom!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Such an interesting poem, Audrey, and you say so much in a brief space. Great choice of painting, too, it's just right.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Jackie! I love it when they come easily and this one did--

      Thank you tobusiness!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This is a masterpiece, beautiful poetry at its best.

      Up and awesome.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You seem to have the talent of saying so much in such few words. I bet many wished I had that talent, including me. lol Up and sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Lyricwriter!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you suzettenaples!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you wetnose!!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Interesting poem. I enjoyed reading this.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rayne123!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Faith Reaper---I so appreciate your kind words!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Audrey, this poem is phenomenal. I understand perfectly what you are saying here. Very profound and I think we all do this at times in our lives, and wonder why in our minds, we do such. The art is perfect with your profound poem.

      Up and more and sharing.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Genna! I so appreciate your kind words and read!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Your poem melds so perfectly with the painting. When I first saw it, it made me think of Pollock’s early work. I always love the way you write with words that are simple yet so very profound and moving. This poem is outstanding. Sometimes I think I see a reminiscence of Sylvia Plath, there, in the words in that your poetry is so uniquely, so consummately your voice. Brilliant work. :-)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful Audrey. How many times have all of us felt like this? Dreams are important and most of us do sweep them under the rug or put them under the bed. That realization can cut like a knife, but it can also inspire you to pick up the pieces and strive to make them come true!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wow! wonderful poem. The edge of dreams - I know how you feel sometimes as I feel that way too. You have put this feeling into such great words. I always enjoy your poetry - it is so expressive and gets to the heart of the matter. I also love the painting you chose to go with this. I wasn't aware of this painter, but I love the piece.

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      Very nice poem, very vivid words

      Blessings

      Laurie

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you WillStarr

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Pamela--I am pondering myself---

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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 Clark!! It really is burred pleasantries--love the other ideas though!!

      Thank you Wayne--how is the shoulder???

      Thank you Anna!! Hope all is well in your world!

      Thank you crafty!!

      Hi Jamie--thank you!

      Pamela--thank you--I owe you a visit I think!

      And Frank--thank you!!

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      83 little words and a thousand nuanced values, to be individually applied by the dazzled reader.

      Wow! Well done, Audrey.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Exceptionally crafted from a brilliant poet! Thoroughly enjoyed.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Very thought provoking Audrey. Nicely penned with very clever use of metaphor.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very creative. Great work you've produced Audrey. True poetry.

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      clark 4 years ago

      Of course it's a delight--you wrote it. There are a few givens in this uncertain world. But (hear the shoe hit the floor), just one minimalist to another, I can't help myself from suggesting that "that part of me" could be reduced to "that part" or simply "it". And is it really "burred pleasantries" or is that a typo for "buried"? And finally, were the last line reduced to "of salt" only, you would avoid an unnecessary repettion of "taste" and increase the impact of the close. Just a few thoughts.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey I like everything about this poem the edge of dream, crafted well, and spin perfectly voted awesome

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This is a very interesting, well written that makes poem that leaves me pondering your message on a personal level. I really like the painting as well.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great poem from beginning to end. I agree with Jamie. The picture you chose works perfectly.

      Kim

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Audrey, a well written poem from a poet. I love the painting, well chosen. jamie