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The Secret

Updated on November 12, 2019
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

"And Diego Valasquez" watercolor painting by architect Alberto Alfonso
"And Diego Valasquez" watercolor painting by architect Alberto Alfonso | Source



I tire holding my unsettled life

up to the wind to scent its course

(how did I manage)

Unsettled soul

(alone)

I trod darkened seas of foam and spray

which hurl their rapacious faces upon me.

(cold)

I cannot hold,

nor seek

nor support

this so-called life

of tremulous tears

nor touch this face,

this forehead to yours

knowing that within

lies the secret

untold-


Listen closely

as I loosen it upon the wind

and in so doing

free myself to face the sun.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

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      Korneliya Yonkova 

      6 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Wonderful poem, love the painting too :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you Nicole S!

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      Nicole S Hanson 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful writing!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you for the visit and read snakeslane! Much appreciated!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Audrey there is so much passion in your dramatic telling of a secret held, and a secret shared. Gave me cold shivers. Voted up, and awesome and beautiful. Regards, snakeslane

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you so much raciniwa!

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      raciniwa 

      9 years ago from Talisay City, Cebu

      this is another wonderful craft woven Audrey...you express yourself well...awesome...

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you acaetnna!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      9 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome. Secrets are what make us mysterious but secrets are also fun to keep if they eventually make some one happy.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Eclectic Fusion!

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      acaetnna 

      9 years ago from Guildford

      Beautiful - one should never, ever share a secret.

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      Lisa 

      9 years ago from Tennessee

      Just beautiful. I am at a loss for words. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you ImKarn--I am so glad that you enjoyed it!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Nikkij!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Deborah much appreciated--

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Hyphenbird!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you the lyricwriter!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Katrine! Secrets are interesting things--and I am not sure what dusty corner of my brain this poem arose from because I am not prone to keeping them!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you RealHousewife!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you AE!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Sueswan!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Vincent! Thank you for your support!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you writer20!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Jon!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for the read ThoughtSandwiches!I so appreciate your comments!

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      Karen Silverman 

      9 years ago

      You express so many different emotions so beautifully, Audrey. You convey the pain and sadness of holding onto secrets and distrust so...sweetly..yet touching both heart and mind! You teach simply with your life and words..

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      Beautiful Garbage 

      9 years ago from Louisiana

      OMG your words are amazing. I love the last stanza.

      "Listen closely

      as I loosen it upon the wind

      and in so doing

      free myself to face the sun."

      Beautiful. Freeing. Like letting go of a burden. Set your secrets loose into the wind and face whatever comes with a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that the truth is always better than holding something in. Let it go. Great poem.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      9 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow Audrey this is an amazing poem.. I loved how you expressed how we all have secrets and how we keep them all bottled up.. and how we need to let them free.

      voted up

      Debbie

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you for the read and comments Frank!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Ann!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Sandra!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Hey Victoria! Happy Easter to you!!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      9 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      So many commenters before me have said it all so I shall simply say, "Well done!"

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      9 years ago from West Virginia

      Awesome and beautiful and up Audrey. Very good poem. I still believe it is always best to get them out in the open as quick as we can. Secrets hurt more the longer they stay that way.

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      KatrineDalMonte 

      9 years ago

      I think we all deserve to have our own little secrets for as long as they don't darken our soul with guilty feelings. Interesting and beautiful Audrey :-)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Beautiful Audrey:). There is just something so...provocative I guess about secrets:)

      Loved it - up and everything!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful expression of inward feelings when a love is keeping his secret untold....

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      Sueswan 

      9 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      "Listen closely

      as I loosen it upon the wind

      and in so doing

      free myself to face the sun."

      Beautiful and filled with much wisdom.

      Voted up and away!

      Take care :)

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      Vincent Moore 

      9 years ago

      Aw the secrets held within out souls. Yet when released upon the world the scars begin to heal and disappear. Many a secret has gone to the grave unshared and held tight to ones chest as if digested for them alone. I try very hard not to be secretive, not an open book, but love to share those secrets that are shareable. Well done Audrey, bravo, voted up and shared.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      9 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Secrets have a way of escaping sooner or later, then the guilt begins to take its toll.

      A difficult topic to write about, yet you have unleashed perfection in this stunning poem. Voted up and more!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      9 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I enjoyed this one, great work Audrey. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Jonathan McCloskey 

      9 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Secrets are a nasty little part of relationships that I don't often deal with. You have gripped that feeling of keeping a secret well and I loved that you did that; great poem and will be reading again!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 

      9 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Audrey...

      Secrets are such a double edged sword...gotta have them...but they take a toll.

      Great Job! Voting Up and Sharing!

      Thomas

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      Frank Atanacio 

      9 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey this was really good.. yeah

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      anndavis25 

      9 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      A man's secrets holds him captive. You've expressed it so well.

      Up and beautiful

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      Sandra Busby 

      9 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      I think this is my favorite of your poems that I have read. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      9 years ago from Dubai

      Great poem, expressed beautifully. Secrets are never to be told, but you can share it with trusted ones.Voted up.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      9 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Secrets can really bind us up, tire us. You express that burden beautifully. Another great poem. You're amazing. Many votes! I've written some new poetry this month, but I'm also "recycling" older ones that haven't been out there in a while. Again, you are amazing! :-)

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