Monday, October 29, 2012

Magical Lives

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Démons et Merveilles (E.Brasey)
Edward Reginald Frampton (1872-1923)
in the Public Domain in the United States

we think we see them as we pass by 
a man, a woman, a child, a crone
tenderly touching their dog or cat
watching us

a frank stare
a brutal glance
a head bumps up to meet powerful fingers
a pat, a scratch
a thought

did we think their thoughts unable to bind
to shrink wrap the denizens of imps
and place them in our pockets
as we pass

we think we see them
we think

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

Posted for OpenLinkNight - Imaginary Garden with Real Toads

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pitching a Bitch

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Romy Llano, 2012
 Danger will robinson! No texting while driving! a flow for a proposed IVR - voice app at the Wikipedia Hackathon 2012 in San Francisco

either drive or
do the cell thing
not both

don’t see me over here
do ya

so busy

can’t hear me over here
as I honk my horn

don’tcha know about lanes

I am supposed to be here
and you are supposed to be there

but you cross over
as you txt
“c u soon”
maybe one of us won’t be

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

Shared with With Real Toads Mary’s Mixed Bag: Pet Peeves

Thank you Mary ----

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Wisdom's Heart

Seek me not for I am lost to you.
I visit those tender places of the heart
where the hungry fill streets
with cries unheeded,
and where the dying tilt their heads
to listen for my approach.

In compassion, I see them,
those you have forgotten.
In empathy, I hold them,
those you have forgotten.
In hope, I touch each one,
as I touch you,
until you too, remember.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012
written for Magpie Tales 140

The Salve of Darkness

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 '''Darkness Over Eden''' Photo taken by Kabir Bakie May 2004 

Darkness spills itself into corners
hides my sins
beneath papered tunes
it pours behind knees
invading that crease in my pants
and the light
switched on
only lengthens
the shadows left behind
my japing thoughts
they embarrass me
so I switch off the light
and let the darkness
wend its way
across pillows and cushions
finding its comfort.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

Shared with Poets United Poetry Pantry 

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Kabir Bakie
Orchids on display at the Krohn Conservatory of Cincinnati
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Light pales yellow on white
gauze billows under breeze’s lift
to make room for breath
to open lip and nape

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According to Kerry, Jue Ju is one of the oldest of the Chinese patterns and in the 3rd century AD the Jue Ju was very popular. It often carried "suggestively erotic themes". 
Line length: 5 words per line
Lines per stanza: 4
Theme: Often suggestive of erotic love
Rhyme scheme: couplets or unrhymed

Real Toads-Kerry’s Mini Sunday Challenge-

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Images Against a Darkened Sky

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Bresson Thomas, 2011

wrapped threads
just out of reach of
pinioned sky
telling their
sawdust tales
to ears
by silken wire
made brittle
wrapping tighter
around the bobbin
of brain matter
left unconcealed
a stillness
into the loneliest of cries

7/20/12  written at Bavokerk, Haarlem
copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Morning's Turn

I got this up fairly late yesterday and thought i would let it carry over for today--

Thank you for reading

Sick Woman, 1665, by Jan Steen

Lady of my heart
you pale in morning's moment
as chore and turn has 
ended flux 
and morning's freshness
moves toward the bleached
head of blushes
unknown two moons past

you herald morning's kiss
as quickly as I herald its passing
how now to move
with child heavy within you
and time's ticking
an end to young love

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Party

From the Hubble Telescope

ubiquitous moment
the turning of eye
unshod pattern of time’s skirt
lashed to the mannered politeness
of social norms

the patter of sibilance
 murmuring across cocktailed dresses
breeze mouthing at hem and sleeve

hearts poured out onto toast points
meant to hold bruschetta,
the brittle loneliness
soothed by a waft of Chanel

a wine spritzer,  a tingle
to alert tongue to words
no one really wants to hear

all the while
the skilled strings of Vivaldi
float underneath
the heartbreak of the wealthy

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

Shared with Poets United Poetry Pantry 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


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You sat inside me
rolled up 
like a blunt 

waiting to be lit
fire is after all a type of ignition

I have a match in my pocket
let's go

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

Shared with  IGWRT , a 30 word piece 

Thank you

Monday, October 1, 2012

Singing Totems

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anonimo 1

First lesson of the season

I sat

as you

described your new singing totem,

a face covered with text,

English, Russian, Italian,

mouth shaped in a perfect oval

hands dripping

strings and ribbons,

tiny bottles swinging

from each one,

messages rolled up inside.

Each one a gift,

a flowering,

a promise made

and fulfilled

as you found

a bit more freedom

to sing

the music that moves you.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 21012

Here is my contribution and thank you to the Toads!! HERE