Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The You I Hold




The Morgue File
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I pin your voice onto the backs of my eyes
corneas etched with words
that feel like magic in the air,
in the red sky of the day.

I want to roll my coat in them,
stuff my pockets with their sounds
so that me who reads them
can always find her place in them.

I fear their fall into gutters,
their mixing with the sweat of the day
until ink runs,
before my eyes can really see.

If I am careful
I can hold them in place,
long enough for the ink to dry,
long enough for me to breathe them in,
long enough for me to remember.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2015

Posted for the Toads Tuesday Platform



14 comments:

  1. It is so hard to keep words imprinted. Even those cherished. Thanks, Audrey. K. Manicddaily

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  2. I love poetry because of it you can pin someone's voice to the back of your and I know just what you mean.

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  3. This is such fine writing. The anguish to remember beautifully rendered.

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  4. Loved the opening line.. sets the tone!

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  5. So beautiful...I love your first lines

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  6. Oh, nice. So hard to hold on to those.

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  7. What an emotive piece. The first line grabs, so does always wanting to find your place in the words as well.

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  8. The nicest thing happens when I read your poetry...I take a deep breath and relax. :)

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  9. Oh I love this.. the way you transform the spoken words into those words already in the first line.. an excellent extended metaphor.

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  10. I pin your voice onto the backs of my eyes
    corneas etched with words

    The yearning of wanting to be remembered to become part of the memories is always a noble thing. It helps foster positive feelings. Classic opening lines Audrey!

    Hank

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  11. Such wonderful poetry Audrey. Enjoyed this.

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  12. Beautiful! Love the way you have expressed!

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