The Departing

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Frank Vincentz
Umspannhaus in Engelsburg, Remscheid-Lennep

we hide ourselves in the collective
 the unconscious
past my photographed images
of what life could have been

had i waited 

to hold your face to the sun

but you tendered that which must be
 to the sun
before I could stop you 

moistening the lips
of the lilies 


forgetting my lust at your lapping 

and my tears when you left.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2014

Inspired by The Secret Life of Bees: Thank you Susie

“It was the oldest sound there was. Souls flying away.”

Posted for for Real Toads


  1. Wonderful, Audrey. A lyrical expression of love and loss, tinged with regret. Lovely writing.

  2. we can easily get caught up in what could have been ...especially when the feelings were so strong and the memories so vivid...and the choices that could have taken us to a different place than where we are...

  3. Suddenly your blog is going to my spam folder. I just found this by accident. I do believe I have my work cut out for me to figure out how to change and fix this mystery. Anyway, glad I found this and sorry for being late to the party.

  4. What life could have been, how sad Audrey ~

  5. You build vivid images with your poem when I read this!!!

  6. The sound of souls flying away... your take on the notion is both sad and encouraging.


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