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The Skin of Trees

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

Paul Cezanne (in the public domain in the United States). A poem about the healing power of nature.
Paul Cezanne (in the public domain in the United States). A poem about the healing power of nature. | Source




a small drop of sorrow fell

from the sky,


its jagged edge

filed away

by sands luminescent

against opaque skin.


and holding it close

i felt the heat of it

melt upon

the liquid amber tree

which shaded my eyes

with its years,


knowing no sorrow

only a dusting of seasons

against its skin

and the dance of leaves

against umber sky at dawn.


i leaned back

and felt its skin

grow over mine

soft

and liquid,

as it cradled me.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013


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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you prasetio30!

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      prasetio30 

      3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful and I like it. Thanks for sharing. Happy holidays!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Peggy! Thank you word55!

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      Word 

      3 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you Peggy W for sharing here also. Happy Holidays!

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      Word 

      3 years ago from Chicago

      Awesome poem! Trees are the most strengthening support of our lives. They are the strongest and live the longest than anything in earth. You can find the same tree standing, since the beginning of your birth. Thank you Audrey for sharing! Merry Christmas!

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your poems always impress me Audrey! This one was a beauty! Happy to share.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Rebeccamealey!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Rich11!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Susan!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Hi Audrey! Thank you!!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very beautiful, and comforting thoughts. I always love your poems.

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      Richa 

      3 years ago

      beautiful lines .....

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      Susan Holland 

      3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Beautiful! Such serenity when we rely on nature to sooth us.

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey!!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Here I am once again to treat myself to your thoughts of nature. Beautiful!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you BarbRad!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I'm glad I followed your link from tsu over to read this beautiful poem. you are one of the true poets on this site.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading--and re-reading this one CrisSp, Vellur, and Harishprasad!

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      Harish Mamgain 

      3 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Such kindred affinity with nature is rare that you sprinkled through this hub for all of us. I felt much peace by reading this wonderful poem. This is the way we must mingle with nature. Thank you, Audrey. Voted up and shared.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      Came back to read this amazing poem!

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      CrisSp 

      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      So beautiful and tastefully written. Love the image as well.

      Up and sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one kljones86!

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      Along with the wind 

      3 years ago from colorado

      Very beautiful Audrey, and I love the accommodating picture!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Hi Theresa! Thank you!

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Audrey, so worth reading again. Of course, reading the words out loud enhances their impact and effect. Beautiful. Theresa

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you PegCole! I love this piece actually--so I am glad that you enjoyed it!

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Really beautiful imagery.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is so beautifully written Audrey

      I love each and every line.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Jodah!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much tirelesstraveler!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a beautiful poem Audrey. Trees are special to me, and to all life in fact, and your words made this liquid amber even more beautiful.

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      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      Yes it does feel as though trees are cradling you when you lean against a tree.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Geniusknight and Jodah!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Love this poem Audrey, what beautiful words.

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      Nell 

      4 years ago from Netherlands

      Oh my a simple yet touching and powerful feelings! :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much storytellersrus!

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      Barbara 

      4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Wonderful imagery. Thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzette! I so appreciate it!!

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Audrey: Another beautiful poem - sad, but beautiful. I love your poetry. I also love the painting by Cezanne.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you sam209! I so appreciate it!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Jamie--you honor me--thank you!

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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 so much Jo

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Rajan!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Vinaya!

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      sam209 

      5 years ago

      Hi there. It's been a little while since I've had the chance to see one of your poems! It's on me since I haven't been around as much! Great poetry, I usually read at least two to three times or more to try and comprehend the beautiful message being expressed by the writer! I just read this three times and I'm gonna read it again! It's gets better and better with each read!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Hi Judy! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Christy!!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      Audrey, this is a gift. Your poetry stands amongst some of the greatest lines I have read. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Lurana!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Hi Martie! Thank you!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      This poem created a different impression in my mind in a second read. This is ethereal.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Anna!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Sue!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much sgbrown!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you thost!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Genna! Hope you are well!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Hi Bodylevive! Good to see you here as well!! And thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      You are kind Wayne--thank you!!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      This is sublime and so very inspiring, one to keep, thank you for sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Hi Cyndi! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Than you Elias!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Romeos!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

      Beautiful imagery. Nicely done and I'm struck at the beauty of the opening line.

      Voted up and beautiful and shared. Have a good day, Audrey!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is beautiful Audrey, a poet at one with nature bonded.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. I enjoyed this lots Audrey. Just love trees.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      Audrey,

      this poem is very pictorial. I can actually see the poet and the tree synchronized in a perfect harmony.

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      HardworkinJudy 

      5 years ago

      Your words are always amazing and moving.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The jagged edges of sorrow that you describe here are beautifully worded, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzie!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      I am so glad that you liked this one then Imogen! Take care--

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      Lurana Brown 

      5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Beautiful title. I love the interplay of dry (dust/sand/leaves) and liquid...very sensory, emotive imagery! ~Lurana

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      I adore trees! This is a poem to ponder.....

      Thanks, Audrey, you've given me something divine to muse on :)

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      Anna Haven 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      Great imagery and clever words.

      It shows a real affinity to nature.

      Very beautiful work.

      Anna

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      Sueswan 

      5 years ago

      Hi Audrey

      "and holding it close

      i felt the heat of it

      melt upon

      the liquid amber tree

      which shaded my eyes

      with its years"

      Beautiful beyond words.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

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      Sheila Brown 

      5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Another beautiful piece! Your words are as beautiful as the painting. Up and awesome. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Nancy! Poetry can be lots of fun--I hope you read more of it and enjoy it!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Tom!! You as well!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much B A Williams!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Valleypoet--I appreciate both the read and the kind words!

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      Valleypoet 

      5 years ago

      The imagery that you evoke with your words is simply amazing...it's great that you are back to writing again Audrey....it has been worth the wait:-))

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much btrbell!

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      thost 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Beautiful Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading it drbj!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Theresa--and I appreciate your comment about the width of the picture--it is so helpful to get that kind of feedback for me--

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Stunningly beautiful, Audrey. Such imagery and metaphor captures the reality of when sight and feeling become touch, and when time is but a moment of a thousand moments. Just brilliant.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Ahh Frank --thank you!!

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      BODYLEVIVE 

      5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      beautiful poem. I'm on Bubblews with you. nice to see you here.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Beautiful, Audrey. I always look forward to seeing a new piece from you. Your writing is superb, as are you!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      I love this - I think of the husby and I and we grow roots together and branches to reach for the skies. I also love that Cezanne image you found - he's one of my favorites. :)

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      Elias Zanetti 

      5 years ago from Athens, Greece

      A beautiful poem, Audrey that I enjoyed reading!

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      Romeos Quill 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      The Post-Impressionistic painting seemed more real when I scrunched my eyes, which kind of draws one into that still in time ....

      Your verse is a wonderful pathos, scribed by a beautiful heart.Thank you for sharing, which, likewise, I shall do.

      I'm very pleased to make the acquaintance of such a talent.

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you wetnose!! They are a healing thing!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much torrilynn!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Absolutely LOVE this Audrey!

      You are pure class, poetry in motion.

      Up,Awesome, beautiful, shared & pinned to poetry :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you manatita!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Lastheart!

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