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The Woman on the Mountaintop: A Response to Bill's Challenge

Updated on November 4, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

William Holland.
William Holland. | Source


she held the sun aloft,

the wind answering

thoughts without

the usual questions

posed

in the shadows.


she held my heart aloft,

without the usual

words

positioning themselves

into platitudes.


and i,

i loved her,

as she kissed the sun

and held held the night

at bay.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2014


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      Audrey Howitt 15 months ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Nicu 2 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      This was a good reading for me, congrats for writing this beautiful poem.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A beautiful response to the challenge, lovely poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you pstraubie48!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      I can find no words to praise this fully.

      It is in a class all by itself.

      I could use a muse like this.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening , Audrey. ps

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Peggy!!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I loved this Audrey. Everyone could use someone like that in their lives!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Sharon!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Audrey, this is so moving and beautiful, I hope that when I write mine I can do half as good and then I would be happy.

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

      Blessings and ((((Hugs))))

      Shyron

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Shanmarie!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Mel! I loved writing this piece!

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      Beautifully done! I especially love the last stanza!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Chitrangada!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I love that line about the words positioning themselves into platitudes. That's brilliant. Great poem!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful and expressive poem!

      Rules or no rules---This is an excellent response to the challenge! Voted up!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey!!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      An amazing response to Bill's challenge. Just beautiful! Sharing and pinning.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you TurtleDog!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Nell!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Torrilyn!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzettenaples!!

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      TurtleDog 3 years ago

      Nice work Audrey and good to see you posting here . I have to get some more work done here :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Nadine!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Manatita!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Vespawoolf!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie!!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      That was awesome Audrey! words can't say how great your poem was! wonderful!

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      This was simply beautiful. Thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Alicia C!!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful poem, Audrey. This is a great response to Bill's challenge. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules and I loved reading this. That is what is so great about these challenges. The creativity in how they are responded to is so interesting. I love the last two lines of your poem. Just lovely.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Iris!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi MsDora! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Just the right poem to read before signing of for the night. Thanks.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Suhail!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much DDE!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Frank!! I did get t!! LOL! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Jo!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Dip!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you ArtDiva!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you lambservant!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one CPExpansion!

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Totally awesome poem, Audrey.

      Short and yet so full of power and beauty in every line, every stanza. I hope you don't mind me saying this, but we are very alike, in some ways.

      You will be God's Audrey, and I will be God's Manatita, naturally. Uniquely ourselves but both blowing kisses to infinity, and cascading beauty in the heart-beats of life. Om Shanti!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Wow what a great compliment Harishprasad!! Thank you!!

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      A beautiful answer to Bill´s challenge!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Beautiful poetry Audrey! Jamie

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very lovely poem, Audrey. I'm so glad that you contributed to the challenge!

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      Cristen Iris 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Very nice. :)

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      This woman reminds of the verse "in quietness and confidence shall be my strength" So beautiful!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      You've held our hearts aloft and let us see the beauty of your words and a beautiful love. A true classic love poem with all the right ingredients. A superb reply to this challenge.

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I loved this simple and straight forward one!

      Hats off!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey, you are that motion in poetry... aha.. see what I did here? LOL great poem and great response.. to that challenge

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome! You have a great mind here.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Superb! loved it.

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      Dip Mtra 3 years ago from World Citizen

      Up voted. Very nice.

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      Dip Mtra 3 years ago from World Citizen

      Up voted. Very nice.

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      ArtDiva 3 years ago

      Beautiful in so few words. The challenge, met.

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      lambservant 3 years ago

      Once again, a beautiful poem. I love the last stanza.

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      Jen 3 years ago from WV, USA

      This poem is beautiful! Great job!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      That is absolutely exquisite. Voted up +++ and sharing.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Audrey, now I know why as kids we flock to see the magic played by the magician in our street. With the same spirit and curiosity, I hurried to see and savor the magic spread by you. Your poetry is magnificent and I struggle with appropriate words to describe it's beauty. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful gem and a great poetic response to Bill's challenge. Voted up and shared.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Wow--Thank you Faith Reaper!!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I am blown away at the sheer beauty of your poetry, Audrey! My goodness, this is good as it gets.

      Exquisite.

      Up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      You met the challenge and beyond. Bravo!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Audrey, your poetry is always beautiful. I love the way you build upon each stanza. You are a true poet...Thank you...

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I am sorry to have missed your challenge Ann! It has been a busy month and now I am knee deep in Nanowrimo! So thank you!!!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Again you say so much in so few words, Audrey. Beautiful and a great response to bill's challenge. These amazing contributions just keep on coming - brilliant!

      Your talent is outstanding.

      Ann

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I was hoping to move you Bill! The picture moved me! So we are even

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Now you've gone and done it, Audrey. You've got me with tears in my eyes and I still have work to do. The word beautiful does not do this poem justice. Thank you my friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thanks John! I am a little late to the party!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful poetry Audrey. Great response to Bill's challenge. Voted up.