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The Perfect Vehicle: A Poem of Tears

Updated on December 5, 2012
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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I have found that a tear

is the perfect vehicle

a rivulet of hope

etched on the heart’s edge

on a bad day


the despair of loneliness

wiped down

and cleaned for the beholder


the tension

of a rubber band

snapped outside

of the stress-point

of mind’s hollow


the filigree

minutely worked

of disappointment

as patina dulls and hardens in place


the implement of joy unbounded

by the corral of words

so inadequate to the task


the empathy of compassion

ringed in another

held in place

by the bridge of connectivity

one being flowing into another


the sadness

when it unexpectedly stops

when love

when life

stops

a tear

a rivulet

an understanding


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      Lilly 5 years ago from Denmark

      Beautifully written!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Phelcky! And welcome to Hubpages!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Audrey this is beautiful written..

      I love it

      voted up and pinning

      Debbie

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      The original Eman 5 years ago from london

      I was totally blown away by this poem. Such a great peice of creativity, and heart felt emotions running deep within each line. Great stuff Audrey Voted up!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for the read and comments Original Eman! It was a good write I thought--

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      One of your best, you my dear are a Perfect Vehicle of expression, your poetry speaks for itself. Bravo, applause, well done.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      I agree with Phelcky; very beautifully written. I couldn't help but imagine each scenario with the italic word and their stanza to complement it :) Well done!

      -KD

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      Dear Audrey, sometimes, tear is the only vessel we have, worthy of the prize it carries. Beautifully done and exquisitely expressed.

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      mwilliams66 5 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      Aundry, this is a beautiful and touching poem. I find the best poetry to, when read, feel as if you (the reader) wrote it yourself. This is one of those poems. Just lovely.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Debbie!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vincent!! Coming out of a dry spell finally!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you KD! Greatly appreciated!!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      mission accomplished, Audrey! With verbal precision and mastery! Such strength in a tear! Bravo!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      All the above followers are saying what I would have.

      Voted up and awesome Aurdey.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful Audrey, A stream of tears is painful. This is lovely.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you arb!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you mwilliams!

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      Erin Bradley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Am liking this a lot - glad I 'hopped' onto this hub, simply beautiful!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Loved this Audrey.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Audrey

      "the despair of loneliness

      wiped down

      and cleaned for the beholder"

      This is so beautiful.

      Voted up and away.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      what a wonderful poem to read in this lazy afternoon.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This poem is the perfect vehicle to to teach us all about the perfect vehicle. This is one of my favorites. I am so glad you are back! Voting up and sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      So very beautiful. Voted Up, beautiful, awesome and interesting. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you ImKarn!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Joyce! Always a pleasure!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby! So glad that you like it!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed. Wonderful poem about tears. Tears bringing abundant relief. Voted up.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I love this title for your poem. It invites the reader to "open the door" to your magnificent poetry. Audrey, you are sitting on geniuse's edge with the remarkable gift you have.

      "I have found that a tear

      is the perfect vehicle

      a rivulet of hope

      etched on the heart’s edge

      on a bad day."

      The way you write about emotions in your poetry is spectacular.

      I am so impressed. This opening verse gave me goosebumps. "

      Voted up and across except for funny. Sharing as well.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      I love your poetry and this is an example of your poetry at it's best.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      This was so beautiful, and your explanation of a tear was awesome! I especially loved the line' the despair of loneliness

      wiped down

      and cleaned for the beholder, Wow!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This is why I never miss an Audrey Howitt work.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      This is so beautiful - real poetry, Audrey. What more can I say?

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Moving! Awesomely done Audrey! The message went up to our intrinsic senses.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is exquisite Audry, one of your best.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Audrey, just stunning - your description of a tear is wonderful. The word rivulet - perfect. Really enjoyed this.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much dreamsinger!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Sueswan!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you tammyswallow! I had a bit of a dry spell--but glad it appears to be waning--

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Faith Reaper! Greatly appreciated!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hi Vellur! Thank you--and I agree that tears can bring relief--

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Aww--thank you Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      "the sadness

      when it unexpectedly stops

      when love

      when life

      stops

      a tear

      a rivulet

      an understanding"

      Brilliant work of art!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Your poetry causes one to stop and ponder for sure! This is beyond deep. I see happiness and feel some pain that had to come along. It's very beautiful!

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Oh Audrey, I read and I connect and I am with all our fellow hubbers here, this is a work of art!!

      "I have found that a tear

      is the perfect vehicle

      a rivulet of hope

      etched on the heart’s edge

      on a bad day"

      Yes, very much a rivulet of hope, for the despair is now free to run down our cheeks, to be wiped away by compassion, and though there will be more, better they are free to flow than to cause that internal soul destoying flood within.

      Amazingly beautiful poetry, yes way "beyond deep". All my votes and best wishes to you Audrey, and sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Nell!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Will! Happy Sunday to you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Blossom! I am so glad that you enjoyed it!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Lord!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Aw thank you Rosemary!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Jools!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Rahul!

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      "the sadness

      when it unexpectedly stops

      when love

      when life

      stops

      a tear

      a rivulet

      an understanding"

      This is brilliant... wonderfully written.

      Have a blessed day.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much rebecca!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Fennelseed! Best to you!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      wow...Audrey. You sure are talented to create such beautiful poem.

      I would not have described it as well as you have done it.

      Cheers, my friend. voting it up as beautiful and awesome. Sharing it across.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Shimmering Dawn!

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Audrey, you're such an excellent poet. This is really beautiful. By the way, I mentioned you on my 100th hub.

      Voted up and away

      John

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Ruchira!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you John! Now I will have to check out your 100th!

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      AudreyHowitt, It's particularly effective how you give an extra line to the stanzas of insistent, plucky sloughing onward with the physical acts of crying and stressing. In contrast are the three-lined refrains of fate's matter-of-fact observations on human experiences.

      This poem seems ancient and timeless in its expression, which is why I use the word "fate." It has the feel of a really dramatic interaction between a chorus commenting for the audience the ways in which the ancient gods harry humankind. But the stanzas have the feel of the hero/heroine fully experiencing life despite sudden ends and unexpected bends between birth and death.

      Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing as well as a big Welcome to HubPages, Derdriu

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Derdriu!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      That is a great way to see the advantages of a tear. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 5 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      Audrey your words are the music of your heart...beautiful!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      one of my faves, Audrey. you are truly amazing

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much alocsin!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you picadilly!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Aww thank you Justin!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Simply beautiful Audrey. Sharing this socially.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Intense words Audrey. I felt the power of the them. Really, I did.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Molometer!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Linda--I appreciate your comments!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      WOW! Incredible job Audrey. One of the best that I have read from you. Very beautiful with a deep message. Awesome job.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      this is so heart felt Audrey and the choice of words are awesome...

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much thelyricwriter!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much raciniwa!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      So lovely, so eloquent. You never disappoint. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Theresa!

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      OOH,Audrey! HAH-HAH! That is awesome like you. I definitely voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you IntegrityYes!

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      femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

      Audrey,

      Wowwwwww!!!

      No WONDER Will Starr is a fan!!!

      femme

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Aww--thank you so much for reading and commenting!!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      oh my gosh..your poem is really a BIG WOOWWW!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you thank you unknown spy!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey I don't know how I missed this but wow I find it kind of sad.. almost heart-shattering yet beautiful.. oxy-moron I know.. but thats what I feel

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      You have wonderfully conveyed beauty that comes with pain......that's what tears are. Magnificent, Audrey.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Came back for another read, still awesome!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Nell!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...your writing is always so divine and of the highest standards - you are a poet's poet and at the top of your Hub class -sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time canada 2:03pm

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this piece Epiman!!

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Man fears this very

      thing

      As if fear of it itself could

      cure

      I saw a man cry once

      and it shocked me

      Yet I realized

      in my own time

      oh it's

      not so

      bad

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this ahorseback!

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      Great writing, there are a lot of poets on here and its great. It gives me inspiration to keep going.

      Maybe you can help me with a question I been asking.

      I am trying to publish another hub and for the first time (never even heard of this) it is asking me to verify my account with either a cell or phone number. Um not, I have no cell and no way will I give out my number to strangers. Why does it happen, I only have 5 hubs.

      thank you again for your comment and to have such a wonderful interesting woman comment is an honour.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I don't know Rayne123--I have not heard of that before. You might put it out as a question in the forums--and see if anyone has had the same experience--good luck with that!

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      Eva Thomas 4 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you White Oak!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      You have given a most beautiful voice to feelings that most of us have felt at some point. Voted up up and away

      Angels are on the way to you pa

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Just read this one again and it reminds me that taking an object { a tear ] and expanding upon it is such a great way to write . Awesome !+++++

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you pstraubie48! I need all the grace I can get!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you ahorseback!

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      You wanna cry , you go ahead and cry ! ....I always say......:-]

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you ahorseback! I do!

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