Frustrated Love

Frustrated Love

A Poem by Audrey Howitt

More difficult relationship stuff


You, who feel little, turn your face from life.

Better to die alone, and soon,

Than to engage with me.

The gossamer thread which links us,

So tenuous its tensile strength.

How much can it withstand?

I gather up this thread, spun out of frustrated love.

It was for you.

A gift spurned,

Stepped on by an unfeeling sole.

© 2011 Audrey Howitt

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Posted 9 Years Ago

That final line could so eaily have had the word 'soul' instead of 'sole'. A tragedy of a write, bittersweet memories surface, a turning away in acknowledgement of what's been but now gone .. there can be such beautiful gossamer threads but they're oh, so delicate. As always, a subtle grey but, enlightening.

Posted 9 Years Ago

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. absolutely brilliantly expressed ...
. vivid and poignant ...
. i know this feeling rather well ...

Posted 9 Years Ago

Wonderful how a few words can make a poem so intense and powerful! Well done! x

Posted 9 Years Ago

Deep words of reality for a lot of readers that can slice to the bone! The description was flawless!

Posted 9 Years Ago

The image of the gossamer thread works so well to describe that lingering connection... so easily stepped on...

Posted 9 Years Ago

Intense write. I like the So tenuous its tensile strenth. Nicely done.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Wow!--short but bitter.
There is little I can say, Audrey, that you haven't said better.
Tragic and powerful piece--one I wish I didn't understand as well as I do.

Posted 9 Years Ago

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Added on September 14, 2011
Last Updated on September 15, 2011
Tags: poem, poetry, love, frustration


Audrey Howitt
Audrey Howitt

Alameda, CA

I am so happy to be writing! I was an attorney in my previous incarnation. These days, I teach voice mostly, write some and do a little psychotherapy. It seems like a good combination for me. I h.. more..


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