Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Loops and Such

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Irish crochet
Photographer: Alexa Bender

I write words like loops
which I pull through with my crochet hook
designing hats and scarves and blankets as I go
intricacy unfolding

engage, yarn over, pull through
write, erase, rewrite

these projects which failed to call to me all fall
feel the pinch of Christmas looming
and while I write
I count squares of blankets in my head
and wonder why I leave things until
the very last minute

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Condition of the Heart

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 Eis, zugefrorener See
 Florentin Moser

my heart feels distant 
meted out in the periphery of my vision
its edges bristled 
without my understanding why

with eyes slit
i can spy it
across the horizon of my days
glistening in the hardened light
the center cracked under a burden
bargained and paid for
with tears fixed in place
by dime store mascara

and i wonder if i will find my way
across it's face
before it is too late
to soften toward spring again

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013

posted for dVerse Poets

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Remembered Afternoons

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Monet, verger en fleurs
in the public domain in the United States

I pencil in the blues and greens of remembered afternoons,
The leftovers of summers which linger best on the tongue
their sweetness understood viscerally
with an aftertaste hovering in the periphery of closeted thought.
The days hung loosely folded then
Their gauzy nature swayed in the waft of the bees’ flight,
Evincing a softness which lay easily upon you.

In our indolence,
We failed to notice the bite of time on our backs.
Now I color in between the lines
charcoaled in when I wasn’t looking.
Those blues and greens pastelled together,
A picture of a time gone,
The last of those summers for us.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013

Posted for dVerse