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The Viscosity of Love

Updated on April 9, 2013
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Stefan Krause, Germany. Tabletop photography by "Studiocommunity e.V." (incorporated association). No photomontage was used. All objects were fastened on the board, which was pushed from the side, causing the wine to spill out of the glass. Produced
Stefan Krause, Germany. Tabletop photography by "Studiocommunity e.V." (incorporated association). No photomontage was used. All objects were fastened on the board, which was pushed from the side, causing the wine to spill out of the glass. Produced | Source



desolate spill

of heart’s wired affect

brooding in pools of wine


i gather up each bit carefully

view it

from every possible angle

trying to capture its viscosity


knowing that

like our love

it loses shape and color

when set adrift too long



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Glenn! I like the unexpected in line and enjambment

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      What an interesting analogy!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much abbaelijah!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you MG Singh!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you rebeccamealey!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you thougtforce!

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 4 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      Short and beautiful poem, voted up !

      Thanks for sharing dear !

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you MG Singh!

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Nice hub. Love is something that all desire

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Nicely done. Captures the fleeting spirit that love can be. Voted awesome and beautiful!

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      Beautiful poem and the words along with the picture inspires so many thoughts about life, relations and the fragile love. A powerful poem, voted up and more

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Romeos Quill!

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      A tidy little verse here, Audrey. Lots of clicks!

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hi ocfireflies! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!!

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      ocfireflies 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You captured both the stress and flow. Nicely done. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one--Michelle, dghbrh and Theater girl

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      Jennifer 5 years ago from New Jersey

      What a great metaphor you have created about love's nature! Very true indeed!

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Brilliantly done..shared and votes ++++++++++++++

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, love is truly very volatile. Thanks for sharing, Audrey.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      A beautifully painted picture.

      "love

      it loses shape and color

      when set adrift too long"

      how true, great poem. Voted up.

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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

      moonfroth--you crack me up! And that is a good thing!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you foemeno!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Cyndi10!--struggling to keep up as always--see you soon!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Love the sentiments and the perfect pic.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much creativelycc!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruchira!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Wayne--I am glad that you enjoyed this one!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hi xstatic! Thank you! I loved the word "viscosity"

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      Clark Cook 5 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      1234

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      David Charles 5 years ago from New York

      short and sweet amazing!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hey Frank! Thank you so much!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hi Theresa! Viscosity is one of my favorite words! Thank you so much for your kind words!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Sueswan!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you moonfroth!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Voted up and awesome. Nothing can thrive when it is neglected and that includes love.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Awesome poem! You are really staying focused on a daily poem for Poetry Month. Take care.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you truthfornow!!

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Beautiful words you have put together. And that picture is so wonderful and appropriate.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you rasta1!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 5 years ago from Maine

      Beautiful and with such an appropriate photo.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Wow this was brilliant, Audrey!!

      Sharing it across.

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      Wayne Barrett 5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Beautiful, Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Valleypoet!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful Audrey, The flow, ( viscosity ) Speaks volumns..Loved it..

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much drbj!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      The poem almost always comes first btrbell--Thank you!!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Just wondering...which came first? The picture or the poem?

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Audrey, this is great, and that picture goes with so well, it could have inspired the poem. That word, "viscosity" in a poem is a feat too.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      My goodness Audrey you've been on fire with your later poetry.. Love it!!!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Oh, Audrey. Only you could write an intense and beautiful poem and include the word "viscosity." I just love it. :) Sharing. Theresa

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      "knowing that

      like our love

      it loses shape and color

      when set adrift too long"

      So true! Voted up +++

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, I agree. Powerful metaphor...when damage is done to a relationship and left alone too long, it becomes hard to repair if not attended to quickly. Thanks for sharing, Audrey.

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      Clark Cook 5 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Wonderful analogy for little experiences ballooning into a sense of one's love. You just nail it, poem after poem. Thank you for writing this wonderful stuff.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      An appropriate picture which captures a frame of the poem.

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      How true...love, like wine, has such a low viscosity...we must be careful not to let go of it...loved this Audrey, great imagery and so poignant:-))

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Powerful metaphoric poem, Audrey, and outstanding creative photo.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      No worries--and thank you for reading it--just random thought really--hubby and I both work really hard --and long hours but we are very happy!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hm-m-m-m. Intriguing. Need to let it 'soak in'. That's ok. It's very personal and shouldn't be too readily available! I'd wisely withhold any comment on what it might seem to be. . . Besides, it would be rude, - not that I'm above it, but only if more certain than I now am! But isn't mystery fun?

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you wetnosedogs!

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Great words. It can happen. I like the picture you displayed.

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