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The Purple Voice

Updated on July 10, 2013
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Mitch Featherston, 2012
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the purple voice

drips wax

from an underused pencil

tip charred

with the longing

of poetic thought


the pull toward metaphor

and meaning

guiding its paltry course

upon the line of logic

tracing its ubiquitous beginnings

to overly romantic novels

dripping in the hustle and rustle

of satin against skin


trying its damnedest

to avoid the obvious

the easily bought cliché

settling at a modicum

of tedium

of worry



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Brilliant Audrey as always!!! You are such a class act that all should strive to even dream of reaching your prolific writings. The imagery is superb as well. Voted Way Up

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this your insights. Relax and write some is listening.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for your kind words Faith Reaper!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Martin!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      How many times do we say, "No.... that's been used so many times!" It's a nightmare in the making each time we begin, and only talent such as yours can peel away the obvious and create something anew. Loved it!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      As I write this comment : I too am

      trying its damnedest

      to avoid the obvious

      the easily bought cliché

      settling at a modicum

      of tedium

      of worry...

      What a beautiful poem Audrey... breathtaking.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Damn Audrey you just kicked it up a notch.. wow..

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Perfect...just the right note, elequently stated. Thank you!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Audrey you have described the creative battle beautifully. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Richard! I am glad that you enjoyed this one!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like the way you purposely do not capitalize the words and the flow to the lines. Nice poem Audrey! Vote up

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      A beautifully written poem ! BRAVO !!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Mohan!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank--this one was a pleasure to write!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Most of your poetic words are rarely used because they are a step above the humdrum. I love this..Beautiful..

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you btrbell!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

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

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Christy and thank you for the share!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi kashmir56--thank you so much for reading it and for your kind words

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      Scott Biddulph 4 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

      Very nice! I think all writers relate to this poem. WP

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Audrey, you pen words from a painter's palette that comes alive in your hands. Magnificent.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      The obvious, the overused, the common are not things ever used to illustrate your poetry Audrey. Your mind and heart carry the ink of authenticity, originality and poignancy. It is the longing of poetic thought that keeps loading your pencil. It is the intervals which suck from want and fuel the legitimacy of your work. From such obstacle we are treated to the genuine, to the uncommon and to something veritable!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Ahh, how we work to avoid the cliches the modicum, the tedium -the average..

      honestly, Audrey - when you set your pencil to paper - beauty flows from it like lava...effortlessly..

      soft and sensual..

      sharing with the hub-munity..

      have a lovely day..

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      I read this over and over....one of the best I've read here on hubpages...you are a truly talented poet Audrey:-))

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      HI Ruby! I am waaay over due to visit you! Thank you for visiting me!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading swb!!

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      Aisha Jilani 4 years ago from Lahore

      beautifully written poem :) keep it up

      voted up

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Amy! Thank you for reading this one!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you arb! I am so glad that you enjoyed this piece---

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I loved this, Audrey! So original, and so true…and beautifully stated with eloquence.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      HI Leslie--Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

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

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh, the lusciousness of this poem and its rich choice of words...

      As my tiny granddaughter once said to me for a gift I gave her: "Awesome!" Thanks for sharing your gift with us. :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and wonderfully said. Loved this poem for some reason made me think of deep purple violets.

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      That rocks and I definitely voted up.

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I have read this three times now with purple jealousy at the talent of your pen.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Aisha! I so appreciate the read and lovely comments!!

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Beautiful, Audrey. One of my favorites. up and shared!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Genna! I am so glad that you enjoyed this piece!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hey Denise! Thank you!l I am so glad you enjoyed this!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Gypsy!!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      "dripping in the hustle and rustle

      of satin against skin"

      Exquisite!

      Voted up and away

      Take care :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you IntegrityYes!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Mckbirdbks!! Thank you for your kind words!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You never, ever have to worry about a modicum of tedium! Your works are superb! This poem just puts the rest of us in our place, admiring true talent and beauty!

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful. Oh, and shared!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      I love the flow of your poetry. Always unique, always beautiful. Voted beautiful.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lovely poem and wonderful image.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Your poem is vivid and paints your feelings so well. Beautiful!!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Audrey, very beautiful poem. I am always amazed of how you are able to write poetry about any niche. That is talent my friend. This is yet another example of that. Awesome job. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and shared.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hey Justin! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      HI Sueswan! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Thank you Tillsontitan!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Aww Cyndi thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Blossom! Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Audrey you are a true artist with a poet's touch and color that only embraces your talent. Voted up, awesome and beautiful for sure.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Vellur! Thank you for reading and leaving your kind words here--

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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 Vincent--so are you!

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      I am loving the imagery coming out of this poem. Well-written and beautiful!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Beautiful poem about the trap and the effort to avoid that purple prose and the cliche' trap. A good reminder for all writers.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you SkeetyD!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you xstatic!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Had to come back one more time to convey my love of your poetry..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kind lady, I will be mentioning you in a hub of mine this weekend; a thank you of sorts that is long overdue. :)

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      time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      Not only beautifully written, but very interesting as well. Ah, how easily we fall into the the same rut of writing about such cliche's as love, romance and it's ilk...colorful piece, Audrey, dripping with emotionally anst when facing a case of what I would call a creative block or brickwall.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Bill! I confess, I am a bit ensconced in Nano at the moment! Take care and I will catch up soon!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Ruby! Thank you!!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Audrey,

      your composition is very deep and profound. Wonderful composition to read in Sunday afternoon.

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      Janhorner 4 years ago

      What a fabulous poem. The first line captured my attention immediately. Interesting lines. Voted up,

      Jan

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You drew me into your hub due to "purple" being one of my favorite colors, I stayed because your poem is brilliant! :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you time2write!

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      Break of Dawn 4 years ago

      Beautiful composition of words here. Absolutely magnificent! Thank you for sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Vinaya! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Linda!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Break of Dawn!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      A true spirit of the poet, wanting only the genuine, never pushed into putting the pencil to paper out of anything but genuine thought, feeling, inspiration, yet aware of the temptation.

      It's so clear. Obviously observation of others' yielding & settling-for, because you never do!

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      Waheed Chuahdary 4 years ago from United States

      Nice hub I like your thought. It is different from others. Purely i like your title Purple Voice. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up....

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is true poetry; that which pushes the mundane aside and grabs us by the mind, inviting us to consider what we never perceived before. Beautiful, Audrey. :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Nellieanna!!

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

      Awesome poem Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Genna!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rajan!

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      This is beautiful and excellently written AudreyHowitt. Voting up and rating beautiful and awesome :) Lovely and engaging poetry.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading it Olde Cashmere!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Waheed! For some reason your comment ended up in my spam folder and I just found it--

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I love how your words flow with your images. You are truly a talented poet Audrey!. Thumbs up and shared ♥

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Audrey , I have failed to keep up with reading such awesome writers as you ! Forgive ? .......We all try but You are THE poet[ess]! Wow you're writing is amazing !

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this piece Rusticliving!!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi ahorseback!! Thank you so much for reading these!! I am so happy that you are enjoying my work!

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

      this is so much awesome! i love it.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you unknown spy! Happy holidays to you!!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very beautiful!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Wayne!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Audrey,

      You got me with the title and then sealed it with the verse.

      Your style is so unique, so sophisticated, and I am so jealous.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one ocfireflies!

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great poem, Audrey. You really know how to put your words together. We can all relate as writers to this poem. You have captured our dilemma wonderfully. I love the photo of the art work also.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzette!!

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      Jerry W Hulse 3 years ago from Kingsport, Tennessee

      I love Purple and this is Breath taking!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Jerry!

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      jenbeach21 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very beautiful poem!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you jenbeach21!!

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