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The Lie

Updated on December 22, 2011
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Misto su tella Alketadelishaj, 2011
Misto su tella Alketadelishaj, 2011 | Source


She walked, smile pasted on

crimson crumbling at the edges

jostled

by shoppers

who didn’t see her

who didn’t look closely enough

to see her smile slipping.

She pulled out a wallet and gave a buck

to the grizzled man

next to her--

His hand out

reaching toward

the woman

who would save.

His smile gone.

Merry music playing on,

background chatter

deafening.

The season has claimed another victim.

Empty eyes

and the bottle that saves.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2011

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh so sad. the season brings out sadness.. I like how you said empty eyes. and the bottle saves.

      I voted up and beautiful

      Merry Christmas

      Debbie

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Deborah Brooks said it all.

      Merry Christmas and agreat New Year.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Audrey

      Your poem paints a sad and cold reality that Christmas is not a time of happiness and joy for everyone.

      Merry Christmas

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful write, Audrey. Sad. I see homeless people and I wish I could do more for them. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Voted this UP etc.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I so long for the day when every person lives , laughs and loves with the Lord. Then every Christmas and celebration is filled with joyful eyes and the only bottle is the one that overflows with living water. Bless you Audrey for your compassion and insight.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Deborah, writer20, Sueswan, Mary and Hyphenbird. This poem was born out of a woman that I saw yesterday while I was out Christmas shopping. She was so very hurt inside and like a badly painted mannequin outside. Thank you for reading and I wish peace and joy to all of you--and maybe, especially to her.

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      saddlerider1 5 years ago

      Hallelujah in the buck that saves, the bottle his/her companion on the sad mean streets of everywhere. They walk in humility, lost wanderers of the day and nights, be them cold. Peace offerings we give out of kindness with the hope that we helped in some small way. Well done, it sent out a message.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Saddlerider--much appreciated!

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Very powerful--very much so. Excellent.

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      Tricia Ward 5 years ago from Scotland

      well written well done!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you duffsmom and Tricia--much appreciated---

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      wow Audrey this was so good.. I am speechless :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      So very sad Audrey, beautifully written and voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank! Thank you Movie Master!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This one is a sharp reality of the real world. Not everyone has a tree or a home to put it in. This is such a poignant poem. Thank you Audrey,,,

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Love the last two lines--"Empty eyes/ and the bottle that saves." Very nicely done.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you alwaysexploring and anglnwu! Peace and light to you both!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Beautiful descriptions.

      Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya! And to you as well--peace and light to you!

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      Ah! Another of those sad holiday stories (poems) that just pierce through your heart. Great job Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Senoritaa!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      beautifully written, and so sad because of the truth in it.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Dim! I greatly appreciate your read and comments--and I agree, it is so sad because of the truth it contains--

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      time2rite 5 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      Very beautiful even with the portrayal of such sadness. We go about our daily and seasonal times without ever looking, really looking, at the people we see around us. It is a poignant scene you have painted with your words. I found the picture to be very appropriate to your work. Thank you for sharing with us!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you time2write for your lovely comments. I agree, we often look without really seeing. And thank you for addressing the picture. I am trying to pair more of my work with images and find it can be a challenge sometimes! Happy holidays to you!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I had to share this. Such beautiful work from a beautiful poet

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      I really enjoyed reading this poem, I will read it again and again. I truly appreciated the art that you chose. Thank you for this poem. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Justin and jhamann--thank you for the read, the share and for the comments--I just want my work to be read and for people to get something out of it--I think that is what we all want--I am glad to have found HubPages

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Beautifully expressed Audrey.

      Indeed a sad reality, but who knows what pain the bottle is dulling.

      As for the woman, unless we take the time to really look into someones eyes we see only the mask.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary50--I think we all carry pain--it is what we do with it that is important--

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      just stopped by for another visit. you are a true visionary and wordsmith genius

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Justin---I am glad it still sits ok after a second or so reading--

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      lost love 5 years ago from Flames of water and love

      Such an image of sorrow within. The intensity in your words speaks so loudly to my heart. Voted up and beautiful. Thank you Audrey for such a wonderful piece of writing.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Jspot!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Few poetic words conveying strong feelings and emotions. I admire the way you write. So much meaning conveyed in few lines. Beautiful and awesome. I am enchanted by your poems. Voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Vellur! Best to you today!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      it ages like wine, my friend

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Justin!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Recession has sure been ugly for some. God bless them all.

      thanks for the reminder Audrey to count our blessings.

      Voted up as beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruchira!

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      Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

      i learned the hard way that the bottle doesnt save. Drinking our problems away only makes them worse the next morning. Really good poem. I like the style. and the meaning behind it.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Audrey, I like it

      Another who writes from the heart

      Nikki,You just gave me another topic for a poem

      No wonder I follow what you say.

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      drjasonhill01 5 years ago from Pisgah, Al

      Alot of people do this especially when depressed or life throws havoc our way. We all know that it can't save us, but we hope to taste the sweet numbness.It sad but we just don't want to feel sometimes. Great piece easily expressed. I do this myself alot. It's hard on the bottom of a bottle.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you to Nikij, cleaner3 and drjasonhill!

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      Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Great poem Audrey. The extent to which people will go to in order to find solace and tranquility. After 30 years of counseling people I am still amazed with all of our therapy, meds and self help that people seem to always take the easy way out. The bottle seems to always win. I loved the graphic also. Voted UP, useful, awesome, beautiful (though sad) and interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Drtruthman--the avoidance of pain causes so much grief in this world

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Audrey,Wow, what a vivid piece and very well written. So sad but true!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Sharyn!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Voted UP/Awesome/Happy Birthday!:)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Sunshine! I always want to break out into John Denver's song--"sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy" when I see your pen name!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love that song and John Denver! I could hear you singing:)

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Sad but very true...You created this scene with much heart.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Sunnie Day!

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      Virtual Treasures 5 years ago from Michigan

      Very sad. I can picture this happening. I work downtown and see it all the time.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Virtual Treasures! I see it as well!

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I hate Christmas shopping too, but we have to get you your Christmas spirit back lol.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Phillydreamer!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Lies always catch up with people. There is no point or reason for betrayal. Voted UP and awesome!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you!!!!

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      I love the way your writing builds certain visions ! You have a gift and looking at the comments above from some very wise people I shouldnt be surprised Audrey !

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you ahorseback! I appreciate the read and comments! Enjoy your evening!

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      dipsmi 5 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

      well written piece...votedup and beautiuful!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you dipsmi!!! And welcome to the hub!

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      Nice Poem Audrey love the painted picture ;)

      Have a bless week

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      You as well LadyFiddler! Thank you!

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      A very poignant poem, beautifully written.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you acaetnna!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      So much wisdom in your poetic words of a season that means different things to different people. You paint a realistic picture of the good/bad-sad/happy moments in life.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Minnetonka! Hope all is well in your world!

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      Marilyn Alexander 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Beautiful, sad and all too familiar. Both the giver's and the receiver's pain seem so clear and wrenching at holiday time. I particularly like the image you chose to accompany this very meaningful poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Maralexa! Thank you so much for pulling this one out and reading it!!

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