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A Hearth Run Red

Updated on February 27, 2015
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Hugues Merle.  Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of "The Scarlet Letter" (1850), regarded this painting, which William Walters commissioned from Merle in 1859, as the finest illustration of his novel. Set in Puritan Boston, the novel relates how Hester Pry
Hugues Merle. Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of "The Scarlet Letter" (1850), regarded this painting, which William Walters commissioned from Merle in 1859, as the finest illustration of his novel. Set in Puritan Boston, the novel relates how Hester Pry | Source




pilloried thought of deceit

ears pinned back

a mark of the betrayed

a hearth run red with lies

now white-washed by the spider

working industriously in your web

you weave them out of silk

a softness against my skin


and i,

wanting so to believe,

lose myself

in the prismed

colors of gossamer thread

shining in the light of your eyes



oddly

they reflect back

every color

but the red

which stains me




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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Thank you Manatita!

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      manatita44 8 months ago from london

      Awesome!

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Thank you Shyron!

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Audrey, this is just beautiful, I enjoyed reading it.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Jaydene!

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      Thank you Minnetonka!!

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      Thank you Michelle!

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      Thank you Eddy!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you LadyFiddler!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi ImKarn! Hope you are well!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Wayne!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hey Jamie! Hope you are well!

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      moon 2 years ago

      Thank you Ann. Saying YOU said it is what threw me.

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      Ann Davis 2 years ago

      "Even Homer Nods" was the reference, Moonfroth.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I have to agree with Nelliana, gripping, and beautiful, and yes Hawthorne would find it a great addition to his novel.

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Moonfroth 2 years ago

      Ann Davis --You said WHAT, to whom? If in private to Audrey, how are the rest of us to know what you're referring to? What is the referent of "it"?

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      Ann Davis 2 years ago

      I said it, Moonfroth.

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      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Oh my my Audrey. An incredibly powerful poem with such great imagery. You are a master weaver of poetry.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Lisa!

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      powerful

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      You crack me up Clark! No one I know!

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      Clark Cook 2 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Ah! Well, "even Homer nods" is fast becoming my favourite quote (who the hell SAID that?)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thanks Clark!! That is what happens when I write online!!

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      Clark Cook 2 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Revisiting this quite wonderful poem. Nothing has changed my original admiration of your style, your imagery and the imaginative concept. Pure Audrey. Proofreading the root of "prism", however, might be worth a moment of your time........:)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Valleypoet!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you dreamseeker!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hey Cyndi--thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Anna Haven!

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      .......Just WONDERFUL!!!! :)

      I hope you are having a wonderful day thus far and may it continue so by God's help.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Martin! Hope all is well in your world

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Bill!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, lies and deceit cause the hearth of warmth to run red with the blood of anger and hurt. I agree, Plath and Hawthorne would both approve!

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      Clark Cook 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Hawthorne would approve indeed. A lovely tribute to HIS compassion. Thank you.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Tremendous poetry, Audrey. Voting up and hitting lots of buttons!

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      Lisa Williams 4 years ago

      This is amazing and sad! I voted up!

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Interesting...deceit and betrayal is always a sad thing. Voted it up.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Audrey, This is a wonderful poem. Masterful, subtle portrayal of deceit.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Audrey, you poetic talent leaves me dumbstruck! Truly gorgeous, if a tad dark...

      i swear i could see that sticky shimmering web that we ALL get caught in at one time or another!

      UP up and away, and - have a web-free weekend!

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Skillful transposition. The web imagery felt almost touchable, the parallels to life so clear. Excellent.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Superb!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hello Audrey, great job, like the way you write, :)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Oh Audrey, you closed this poem with such perfection. Beautifully crafted. Jamie

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Absolutely a awesome and incredible poem. Bravo !

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What can i say? Your ability to weave words in a poetic fashion is unsurpassed..Can you tell? I loved it!!!!!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Amazing poem and voted up.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Great imagery. Enjoyed. Passing this on.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this great reflection. The wild card is the nature of truth.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Frank! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Nellieanna!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Unbelievable! The images are incredible...the choice of vocabulary just perfect. You are at the top of your game my friend.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Lose that spider, girl, before it's too late. Excellent imagery, Audrey.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      A wonderful piece Audrey, full of colour and depth of meaning:-))

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you xstatic! Loved your weatherman piece--and shared it everywhere!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Joanne!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wow Audrey, this was amazing :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Not having been looking for or aware of Poetry Month, my instant impression was simply "PROFOUND!" Such artistry to paint a heritage of hurtful, damaging deceit followed by unsavory coverup. Such imagination to weave this story ? Or from some known reality?

      Matters not, which. The poem is one of the most gripping I've read in awhile. If it is for Poetry Month, Audrey, it could win! (If there is a contest connected to it.)

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wonderful poetry! I read the caption after the poem, then reread the poem. Hawthorne would approve as well.

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      Audrey, the imagery is just fantastic in this poem and what a way to pay tribute to National Poetry month. Your Sylvia Plath style is excellent! Voted up!