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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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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow this is good. Were have you been or am I just not getting your notices? Or is it none of my business? lol Missed you!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Jackie--I am coming out of a dry spell--and I love that you enjoyed this one!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Am always fascinated by how trees age...seamlessly. That's so well expressed here, Audrey.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      " A small drop of sorrow fell from the sky" is the most beautiful line I've ever heard. Magnificent!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hey Audrey --thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle!

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Your stanzas were brilliant, describing the skin of trees, the agelessness of a tree, the history that lies behind each always is a wonder. A small drop of sorrow, beautiful indeed. Nicely done Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hey Vincent that you!! Hope all is well with you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      ". . . .felt its skin

      grow over mine

      soft

      and liquid

      as it cradled me . . . . ."

      Ah, such gorgeous metaphor, with its own beautiful sensory experience!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree with Vincent. This is a beautiful poetic piece that is felt and understood. A small drop of sorrow fell from the sky, the tree gave you comfort, protecting you from the sorrow, feeling safe within the arms of the tree..Loved it..

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Superb write here, Audrey! Really enjoyed this read. Yes, you have been missed, but glad you are here now.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borik√©n the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I love to know the way others identify themselves with nature. Very nice poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hello Nellieanna--thank you for gracing this page--

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Deep imagery. Thank you.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @AudreyHowitt this was quite beautiful and i loved reading it! Voted up.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      I'm getting right next to a tree next time I feel any sorrow.

      Loved this. And I missed you, too.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      audrey this is simply amazing.. I loved it!!!!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good morning Audrey. Very beautiful and otherworldly somehow.

      It also triggers a Greek Mythology feeling in me...perhaps the story of the young girl who turned into a tree .... I can;' remember the specifics, but some sort of sorrow was involved. Theresa

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Audrey, I forgot to mention that I really like the picture placed across the full width of the Hub. I always want to se the details and beauty of any piece of art or photograph as large as possible. Small 1/2 or 1/3 spaces don't sem to do them justice. :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Your imaginative poetry, Audrey, is as beautiful and original as the Cezanne painting in your illustration. Brava, m'dear.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Good morning Ruby! Thank you--this was a good write for me I think--

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow! Up, beautiful, awesome! Loved it! Thank you!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      the first 6 lines had me completely hooked! The imagery is simply beautiful and oh so effective!

      We can all learn from the strength and stamina of a tree!

      gorgeous painting..

      sharing

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Lesley or s it Leslie?

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      B. A. Williams 4 years ago from USA

      Very lovely and the picture fits in so well with it. Love anything about trees, well done.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      It was worth the wait to feast my eye on this awesome poem, bravo ! Nice to see you back from a dry spell, have a great weekend my friend !

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      Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

      This piece is so easy and fluid to read. I am new to poetry, but it was a very enjoyable read. Thank you for sharing.

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      Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

      This is beautiful, Audrey - it has such a gentle and deep feeling about it.

      I don't often read poetry here on hubpages, but I'm so glad I took the time to read this one (it was the Cezanne painting that drew me in!). I will have to read some more now I think :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one Faith Reaper!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Lastheart!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you manatita!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 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 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much torrilynn!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you wetnose!! They are a healing thing!

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      Romeos Quill 4 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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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      A beautiful poem, Audrey that I enjoyed reading!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 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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      Wayne Barrett 4 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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      BODYLEVIVE 4 years ago from Alabama, USA

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

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Ahh Frank --thank you!!

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      Genna East 4 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 4 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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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading it drbj!

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Beautiful Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much btrbell!

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      Valleypoet 4 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 4 years ago from California

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

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much B A Williams!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Tom!! You as well!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 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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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

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

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      Sueswan 4 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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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Great imagery and clever words.

      It shows a real affinity to nature.

      Very beautiful work.

      Anna

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      Martie Coetser 4 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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      Lurana Brown 4 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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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

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

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzie!!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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      HardworkinJudy 4 years ago

      Your words are always amazing and moving.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 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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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

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

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

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

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 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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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Romeos!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Than you Elias!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Cyndi! Thank you!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

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

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      You are kind Wayne--thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

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

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Genna! Hope you are well!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you thost!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much sgbrown!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Sue!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Anna!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 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 4 years ago from California

      Hi Martie! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Lurana!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 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 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Christy!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Judy! Thank you!

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      sam209 4 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 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Vinaya!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rajan!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Jo

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Jamie--you honor me--thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you sam209! I so appreciate it!

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      Suzette Walker 3 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 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzette! I so appreciate it!!

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      Barbara 3 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Wonderful imagery. Thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much storytellersrus!

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      Nell 3 years ago from Netherlands

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

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Love this poem Audrey, what beautiful words.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Geniusknight and Jodah!

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

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

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      John Hansen 3 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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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much tirelesstraveler!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Jodah!

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      Rosemary Sadler 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is so beautifully written Audrey

      I love each and every line.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Really beautiful imagery.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

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

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      Theresa Ast 3 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 3 years ago from California

      Hi Theresa! Thank you!

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      Along with the wind 2 years ago from colorado

      Very beautiful Audrey, and I love the accommodating picture!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one kljones86!

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      CrisSp 2 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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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Came back to read this amazing poem!

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from 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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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

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

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 2 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 2 years ago from California

      Thank you BarbRad!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

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

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey!!

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      Susan Holland 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri

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

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      Richa 2 years ago

      beautiful lines .....

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

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

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi Audrey! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Susan!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Rich11!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Rebeccamealey!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

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

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      Word 2 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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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

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

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Peggy! Thank you word55!

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      prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

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

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you prasetio30!

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