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The Uncommon

Updated on December 11, 2013
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

 Colin Goldberg, Paravirtual Orbit, 2012. Oil and pigment print on canvas with gold and silver leaf, 32 x 20 inches. Private collection, New York.
Colin Goldberg, Paravirtual Orbit, 2012. Oil and pigment print on canvas with gold and silver leaf, 32 x 20 inches. Private collection, New York. | Source


In the river of the ordinary

we seek the magic that

finds its life blood

of the mundane.


Can we tumble through

the onslaught of dinner to

find heat?


Can I touch your mouth

with its beery taste,

and feel you speak my name

against my hair

after the children are asleep?


Will the tanginess of tomato

cover the river of bills

so that feet can find each other

against a shore

touched by toes

knowing the smell of each other?


Can I drain sorrow

along with pasta

against the white of colander

steeped with steam

and topped

with tender shoots of basil?


Just for a while

let me hang the peg of life’s tedium

along side the dog’s leash

as we walk upstairs.



copyright/All rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Good message being conveyed besides the steamy scene...lol

      let's hold on to the precious moments of life for some time and not rush into things...

      voted up as beautiful yet interesting message!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruchira--this is an uncommon piece for a Valentine's Day poetry challenge--by Phillydreamer on HP

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Some things just can't wait.. ;) I like it! Voted up and awesome! It's a great one for the challenge.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Practical Mommy!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a fabulous poem for all the five senses with an incredible sense of urgency. Beautiful as always.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      You evoke my senses with your wonderful descriptions.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you tammyswallow--and vinaya--I am thinking that I shared phillydreamer's hub there should be a number of interesting writes in response--all the more so, because you had to avoid all the traditional cliches in the write

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      I love this! No cliche's. And using those delicious food and herbs as metaphor... wow! I can see a passionate encounter upstairs :)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Martie! Be sure ans check out the other poems as well!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I had to read this twice to get the jist and really enjoyed the second time. Voted up and awesome, my friend Joyce

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you writer20!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely Poem - it made me chuckle too.

      Thanks.

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      HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      Yes I like it! so that feet can find each other

      against the shore?

      Wonderful! :)

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      andsoforth 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wouldn't it be nice if we could just hang life's tedium on a hook now and again, so that we could get a little reprieve? Nicely done...

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Lady_E, HattieMattie and andsoforth!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This one made me smile, such urgency portrayed

      Loved it

      Voted up

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      This reminds me of a couple that's been together a long time, and despite the hardships they face they still find that spark in their relationship.

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      The Finance Hub 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      What a great poem, clear cut and to the point. Loved it! Voted up and interesting, hope you enjoy my hubs as well!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. One of the truly innovative poems I've ever read. Made me chuckle as I imagined lying on a bed of pasta instead of roses. lol

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary, Phillydreamer, the Finance Hub and Gypsy Rose Lee!

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      It is beautiful and sensational.. Voted up all the way..

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Capedium!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Very nice. You should link the poems in the challenge together.

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      How cool is this? It's romantic and it makes me want to eat too. Now I want to cuddle up the hubby and some pizza! The flow here is lovely as is the feeling of warm sensuousness.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you mcbirdbks and poetvix! What a great idea mcbirdbks!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      "Can I drain sorrow

      along with pasta

      against the white of colander

      steeped with steam

      and topped

      with tender shoots of basil?"

      I would say yes. :-)

      Love this one Audrey.

      Voted up and away!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I put a link to your hub on my latest hub.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Sueswan and thank you so much mcbirdbks!! I appreciate the support--

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      capricornrising 5 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      Food and sex. Never was there a pairing more perfect.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      emotions and food.. I loved it!

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      LOL Uncommon indeed! I like the common nature of the things we deal with in the uncommon poem! You had me smiling. Have a blessed day! Shalom!

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      This is lovely! I can relate with all the spices and kitchen or dining atmosphere. I felt at home and warm...

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      "Will the tanginess of tomato

      cover the river of bills"

      Wow! I love this poem. What great feelings it evokes. Your words flow so beautifully.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you capricornrising! How have you been doing? Need to catch up on your end!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Frank--thank you for stopping by! Hope you are doing well--I am off to read one of your pieces!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you shimmeringDawn!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you donnaisabella! This little romp is so much how loving my husband is really--I am lucky!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      Audrey I feel like I have not been keeping up. This poem has touched my heart. I want to rise above my own tedium, and I feel that for the time it took to read this poem you transported me above it all. Thank You. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hey Jamie--thank you! And what are you up to ??

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Love how you weave food into this poem. The tension of love and the rekindling of it, so beautifully done. Voted up!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much anglnwu!

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      You have a story within a story going on here! I was rushing through the lines to see how it ended - then I had to send myself back to read again :) Aaah, the upstairs.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Happy Valentine's Day! (almost) Thank you Ardie!!!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      This is cool. Enjoyed reading it while it invoked many senses. Very apropos for the season.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      love the use of imagery and analogy on this one Audrey...nice shot...

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      Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Really interesting poem; to me it simply says, LIFE.

      Very good, enjoyed it much. I voted UP all across. Great job.

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      sheilanewton 5 years ago from North Shields, UK

      What a talent you are, Audrey. This is so wonderful. 'beery taste' is the phrase that socked it to me. Fabulous.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      AudreyHowitt - you are a clever one. This is brilliantly crafted, yummy and steamy. I enjoyed it very much. I read through it a few times...each with a broader smile.

      Thank you for sharing - voted up

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Cyndi10, raciniwa, Drtruthman, sheila, and missolive---I so appreciate the read and comments--I must say that this was a really fun write for me--

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great poem, with humor running riot along with passionate and insightful thoughts. Voted up. A lovely poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hey Vellur--thank you so much!!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love this poem. Thank you very much for share with us. Rated up and take care!

      Prasetio

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much prasetio30! I am so glad that you enjoyed it! Enjoy your evening!

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      Marvelous. Truly uncommon!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great poem as always Audrey and here's to many more to share on here.

      Take care;

      Eddy.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Senoritaa--thank you Eddy! Enjoy your day!

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      Beautiful and very passionate.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Phoebe!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Wow, this Poem just made me kind of hungry lol, great sense of humor you have. I need to step up my poetry game here, because your bringing it to us raw and uncut, and it makes my poems look lame.

      Awesome job indeed I will try to bring more humor to the hubpages poetry arena, since I now sense your level of intensity, and its hot hot hot. Spiceyyy!!

      Oh and by the way, thanks for sharing with me on one of my hubs a while back, I just made to your hub today, I still have much more ground to cover to catch up to all the awesome hubbers that help me each day, until next time.

      Voted Up! oh thanks for the new word too, I never heard of Tedium before, I'm gonna Google that puppy. Thanks!! @ AudreyHowitt

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you CloudExplorer! Enjoy your day!

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      Sojourner McConnell 5 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      I loved this poem. I love how the spices and herbs teased throughout this poem like they do in a well prepared dish. I loved this.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vicki!

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      To keep the magic in life ! Thats the mission , we men do that so poorly!lol.....awesome write.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you ahorseback for the read and comments! Difficult to do I think--and you men are not so bad at it as all that--at least my guy is pretty good at it!

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      No, thank you for writing it. ^_^

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      This one was a joy to write Phoebe--it just poured out that way--very little editing--I love when that happens!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      audrey... now you're inviting food into your poetry? oh... could it get any better?

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      winbo 5 years ago

      wow.... I like it!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hey Justin! I love food and think that many poets are foodies at heart--just my 2 cents!

      Thank you winbo!

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      Christopher Dapo and S. 5 years ago from Havelock, NC

      This is a great poem, Audrey, we simply loved it. What a creative use of food! :D

      - Chris and S.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Christopher! I so appreciate the read and comments---

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      Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

      amazing word play of food and love! Drain the sorrows down the drain along with the pasta! Very clever poem Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Nikkij!

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Beautiful poem! Could feel the needy passion among the tears of chopped onions. Recognize the desire in your lovely words

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for the read and comments GoodLady! It was a fun write!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      well... I don't think I will ever cook the same way again.

      I don't think I could ever be aroused over a basil shoots ;) I really really liked this! Voted up! Lisa

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Lisa! I so appreciate your comments!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow great poem. I bet we all have thought those thoughts.. and you portray them so wonderful

      thanks Audrey

      Debbie

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Deborah!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Wow Finance Hub--I just saw your comment--it was in my spam folder--so sorry!!!

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