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The Open Heart

Updated on October 15, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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I forget sometimes

to tell the story

behind the words.


That the words themselves

are less important

than what lies between

and under and behind.


Translucent, transparent


And you,

Can you see my heart open?

Its various chambers lie there

waiting to open with a touch

a word

a gesture---

Sometimes just the smell of you---


I inhale your scent from your pillow

After you have gone to work.


Do you know that?

I open to the scent of you..

That is love.




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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      That is Sweet Love, my friend.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Awwww...i wanna wanna smell a pillow too!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ann!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you ImKarn23~

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You are a very romantic lady writing this wonderful poem. Voted up and Beautiful, Joyce.

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      Audrey, writer20 is right. You certainly are a romantic. Your poem is so simple but intensely romantic. Had you made it longer or more complicated it would have lost it's effect. Wonderful! Voted up and beautiful.

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      HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      Really like it audrey! :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      And a beautiful srory it is Audrey....

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sounds like love to me...I remember it well.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      The man in your life is a lucky man to be loved this way. You expressed that love so well. Sweet...

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Aaw such a sweet poem about love :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love how your poetry encompasses all five senses. This is excellent!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you writer20--I guess I am a romantic--but I have a great relationship with my husband--so he makes it easy

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Poetic Fool! I think I owe you a visit!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hattie! You honor me--thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you always exploring!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Jackie!!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is such a beautiful poem! I love the language that you have used to express your love.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Mary Thank you! Actually, I think of myself as the lucky one--but maybe we are both lucky!

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      Very nice Audrey

      Keep up the good work ;)

      Peace be unto you

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      rlaha 5 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      That was just beautiful! Voted up and beautiful! I look forward to reading more of your works!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ardie and Tammyswallow! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you AliciaC --Happy Valentine's Day!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much whhseo, rlaha and LadyFiddler!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I see your open heart, it is full of love.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      wow happy Valentines day Audrey :) Frank

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Happy Valentine's Day to you as well Frank!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh Audrey.. so beautiful I love this..

      Happy Valentines Day

      Debbie

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      That's just lovey Audrey!

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      That is a lovely story Audery! Have a blessed day! Peace and love!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Oh my GOd!!!!!This is so beautiful. Loved it. Voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Deborah, Gypsy Rose Lee, Shimmering Dawn and Vellur!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      I love to hear you singing...love is in the air...

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Votes up! Beautiful poem Audrey. This was VERY deep. Loved it.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you thelyricwriter!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much raciniwa!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      "That the words themselves

      are somehow less important

      than what lies between"

      There is so much truth in your words. Your poem is exquisite.

      Voted up and away!

      Have a good day.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Sueswan!

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      Your words are so beautiful. What a perfect little love story. Voting up!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you savanahl! Much appreciated!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Great words Audrey ;I loved them.

      An up up and away I think.

      Take care and have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      sheilanewton 5 years ago from North Shields, UK

      Oh how glorious this is, Audrey. I just love everything you write. I just can't find fault. You make my emotions soar.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Eddy! Thank you Sheila!

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      Sage Williams 5 years ago

      Love will always find it's way to an open heart. Your writing has the essence of opening many hearts.

      Sage

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Sage, I guess I do write from and for the heart--or I try to anyway!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Audrey this is so very lovely, so much love - wonderful!

      Voted up, best wishes Lesley

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      You have explained true love to its fullest in this beautiful and very romantic poem. Just exquisite!

      Voted up!

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      Audrey,

      Such a beautiful tribute to your husband, and I hope he read it. A unique "Love Letter" so rare and true from your heart.

      I loved it.

      Bobbi

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful, I too know that smell :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      audrey, it's a lovely poem and yes, love doesn't need words to express itself, The heart knows it.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Movie Master, SanneL, PurvisBobbi44, Just Ask Susan and rajan jolly. I am so glad that you stopped by and left comments for me! Enjoy your day and thanks again!

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      time2rite 5 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      Simply beautiful, Audrey; I love it! Nothing like the smell of the man we love, is there?

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you time2write--I so appreciate it!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      Excellent, sometimes I feel like I forget to look down to the facts of my life, the love of my wife and children.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I think we all do jhammann! Thank you for stopping by!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Pretty much enjoyed it AudreyHowitt,

      The words kept me readin to the end..Have a nice evening!

      LORD

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Audrey, you are indeed so very blessed to have such a loving relationship with your husband. I love this poem! I love your writing and the way you "voice" your words.

      You are a world of talent!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey!!! You are pretty talented as well!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting Lord! I hope you had a nice evening as well!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Nicely done. Writing opens your heart to everyone. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you alocsin!

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      They say still waters run deep. This poem is a perfect example of that. Loved it, and the picture is breathtaking.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Senoritaa!!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Such a lovely poem that says it all without saying the words, to feel such comfort and be able to get on with your day, wonderful!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Nell Rose!

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      bigzorro 5 years ago from Germany

      Very inspirational. The picture with the beautiful girl is really awesome.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you bigzorro!

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      winbo 5 years ago

      can u see my heart open.. Awesome line..well written. Voted up and shared

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you winbo!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Absolutely perfect. Not a word too many or too few.

      You and your husband are both fortunate to have each other. :) May you ahve many, many more years together. Blessings!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you phdast! How are you??

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      beautiful work, Audrey!

      The power of love is amazing and you could express it beautifully!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruchira!

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Beautiful word and flow with such great imagery and feeling. Robert

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      FullOfLoveSites 5 years ago from United States

      Words are majestic...nicely written

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      moneycop 5 years ago from JABALPUR

      the purity and openess is the wonderfull gift to a being and so the real home of god.

      u have pored ur poetic touch in a very magical way to get into the subject.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Robert, FiilOfLoveSites and momeycop! I so appreciate your read and comments!

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      That is it and it is a beautiful story. You have such a way with words Audrey! Thanks for writing.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you donnaisabella!

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      Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

      Another beauty here!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Your words flow like a stream...Beautiful!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Nikkij and Sunshine!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Sweet poem!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A really romantic love poem! It truly flows, as Sunshine said. Very nice writing!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Aww thank you Sandyspider!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for the read and comments xstatic! And welcome again to the hub!

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      That is so so lovely,Audrey. COO! I voted way up. WOW!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you IntegrityYes!

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Transcient when offered to the mundane, but beautiful if offered to the Divine. Still, hope my comments does not take away from its natural beauty. Quite touching.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you manitita

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Audrey...I am so touched by this poem it brings tears to my eyes. It speaks of truth.

      A long time ago, when my husband was still alive, I used to do this...and the thought crossed my mind that one day I might not have this same experience and what would I do. I thought I would spray his pillow with his favorite cologne...the one I identified him with.

      Then, one day, when I was missing him so much I couldn't stand it, I did just that and felt he was close to me once more.

      Thanks for sharing this...rated Up and beautiful.

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      A lovely poem. So intimate and personal. A few words can convey such powerful emotions. Excellent!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Denise!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      HI SkeetyD! Thank you so much!!

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Wonderful piece of writing.The smell of the ones we love can drive us sometimes nuts and makes us flying in ecstasy .I voted up.

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Beautiful Audrey, I must get back to your hubpage more often.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for your visit and kind words James-wolve!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hello Robert and than you very much!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful poem. That's what love is!

      Voted beautiful and shared.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Loved it Audrey. Reminds me of mine and my wife's relationship. It's hard to be apart! Voting this one up!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      "The story of my love".....how beautiful and honest this poem is. I thought I was the only one who treasures a smell ;)

      Voted up and awesome.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Now this is very beautifully done. I enjoyed reading it very much. Thanks you for sharing. I am sharing too with votes up beautiful.

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Aww, what a perfect poem for Valentine's Day. This is so sweet and romantic; especially smelling the pillow. I use to love the smell of ex's shirts and loved wearing them.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Rajan--both for the read and the share!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Then you are lucky Kasman! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much tillsonititan--funny how evocative smells can be!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you dghbrh!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Aww Thank you Linda!!

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      Nell 3 years ago from Netherlands

      Booked it on the Face (Facebook)

      with a Grine on this Page

      Hope you liked my craze

      as I poetically commented on this Page. :D

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Love your comment Geniusknight!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      SWEET!

      ...and to inhale his scent, awesome!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you ubanichijioke!

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