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The Hem of My Sins

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

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I stand

in a stream of consciousness

its gentle waters

lapping against

the hem of my sins,

those sins

which have forgotten

the face of god.


I turn

my face

to sun's bliss

as it palpates

tender lips. eyelids prick,

tears shimmer at edges

of harvesting thoughts

watering rivers of tears.


at each lap

I invite into my heart

the sorrow which

presses up against it.


Opening the door to each sin

allowing it room

to sit awhile.

I remember them all

recalling that each was born

out of my own unhappiness.


I reach out

my hand

to what was,

enveloping the more present me,

the one who lives in peace.


copyright/all rights reserved April 17, 2012 Audrey Howitt. Do not copy or use without the express written permission of the author.



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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzettenaples!!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      The hem of my sins. What a way to compare your sins. So creative. And so softly you refer to them. Glad your true self is at piece. What a lovely poem and of your way of expression.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Than you kashmir56

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I love this beautifully written poem !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      To you as well Rolly--thank you!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Audrey... Beautiful and so heartfelt... how often have we all been here...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Heather!

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      Heather 6 years ago from Montana

      Love this. It makes me think of how with each "sin", we were brought to the "person" we have become. Beautifully, perfectly flawed, and with age...OK with it, maybe even enjoying it. Thank you, Audrey. Beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      I hope that was a good thing Senoritaa!

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      Rinita Sen 6 years ago

      I came across this when I was pondering over my own sins. Thanks Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for the read and comments lifesparadox! Much appreciated!

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      lifesparadox 6 years ago from USA

      Beautiful! "I invite in each sin and allow it room to sit awhile to remember them all and to recall that each was born out of my own unhappiness." ...Brilliant! It's only then when we realize we are to blame, that we can sincerely ask for forgiveness. Love it :)

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you raciniwa!

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      what a peaceful poem...this envelops me with warmth...

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Blossom!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Hey Jamie! Thank you! The end is in sight--

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you tillsontitan!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you again rahul!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Hi Kelly! Thank you so much for the read and comments! Happy Friday to you!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Eddy!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Hi Donnaisabella--thank you so much and hope you and your family are doing well.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Victoria!!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      And how important that peace is, knowing that our sins are forgiven through Jesus. You write so well.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you tammyswallow!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Nikkij!!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Lesley!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you ImKarn!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Sunnie Day!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee! I am so glad --

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Joyce!!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Faith Reaper!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Deborah!!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby! Plugging along!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Ann!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 6 years ago from Reno NV

      Incredible ending to an incredible poem! Jamie

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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      This is a really beautiful poem we can all relate to. Your way with words is sometimes astounding. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Jessee R 6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Expressive... Feel an outburst coming out! Just falling in love with your poetry day by day! Great work

      Love :)

      Rahul

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      Kelly Pittman 6 years ago from Walker, LA

      So beautiful. Voted up and Awesome.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub;I loved it.

      Take care Audrey and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Donaisabella 6 years ago from Fort Myers

      Oh so beautiful Audrey, it touched some cords within me and I kind of sympathized. That unhappiness that could have led to things unpleasant, when we think back, they still produce some emotions. Thanks for writing.

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Gosh, that's beautiful. You have a way with words, cliché though that compliment may be. Your word choices are so awesome!

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      Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

      A beautiful glimpse into the mediation of the sinner in all of us. Gorgeous!

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      Nikki Wicked 6 years ago from Louisiana

      AMazing poem Audrey. a fave :)

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautifully done, loved this Audrey and voted up.

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      very very well done Audrey :)

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      Karen Silverman 6 years ago

      This could be my Audrey-fav! We women are so busy forgiving everybody else - we often forget to forgive ourselves! Bravo, my well balanced, intelligent hubbie-buddy!

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Oh Audry this is so special and touched me..all of us carried the burden of sin for a while until it is washed away, forgiven, and thus a new life is born, giving us much peace. I really loved this. So creative in every way.

      Sunnie

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      Nithya Venkat 6 years ago from Dubai

      Very beautiful and expressive. Loved it. Voted up.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Just wonderful Audrey. Voted up and beautiful. Actually your words and the flow of the poem did make me feel so peaceful.

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Your words always go so well together. Great Poem.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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      Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

      Such captivating words, and so beautifully written. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      so beautiful what can I say.. BRAVO..

      voted up

      Debbie

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful and so true Audrey...

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I love this Audrey. Expressed beautifully. Ann

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