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Amy Becherer

Joined 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

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Having just exited my second unsuccessful marriage, I am looking toward the horizon with trepidation and exhilaration at the prospect of living authentically by my own rules for the first time in my life. I feel reborn…the daunting unknown ahead, coupled with the experience of 50 plus years behind me, amounts to a life “under construction”. Like my oil paintings, a blank canvas comes to life with each stroke of the brush. The background of my canvas is already created, colored by the years, but the details…the heart of the painting, are yet to be determined by the choices I make. 

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  • Losing Yesterday
    78

    Losing Yesterday

    3 years ago

    Scratchy the sand grains that grind the gearset in wasted time Rendering rivulets where tears trace surfaces once sublime Erasing the cranies from a stone rock made of crumbling lime While you silently shift...

  • A Sliver of Peace
    52

    A Sliver of Peace

    3 years ago

    Lost in the hedgerow cut of each green, spiny lie Where the balance of reason slants sapiently awry Stood in a maze that slowly bled my heart bone dry A silken sliver of peace eludes my hook and eye ...

  • The Path of Human Pathos
    53

    The Path of Human Pathos

    3 years ago

    Stood but a dot in the long, lateral arms cast off an old tree Hidden from the moon man's stone cold eyes too staid to see Logic in the cinematic chaos of our dance across the marquee While our cries commiserate...

  • Somewhere, Underneath It All
    54

    Somewhere, Underneath It All

    3 years ago

    Underneath it all, Rome's noble soldiers stand in nude chagrin Where fallacy falls into the crumbing cracks to hold court paper thin And the ancient See of the Pope canonizes holy from unoriginal sin While the...

  • All She Ever Knew
    50

    All She Ever Knew

    3 years ago

    Born under a dubious, shy star onto this planet blue Quiet as a maus, invisibility, inked her hunkered hue Sketchy prints patterned her unsteady passage through Life in the Twilight Zone, was all she ever knew ...

  • Man in the Moon Meanderings
    40

    Man in the Moon Meanderings

    3 years ago

    Old man in the moon I gaze up to see you looking down at me Is it loneliness hiding behind your misty, masked-man mystery Lightness of being belies the anchor of an atmospheric absentee Ghost guardian of every...

  • Another Picture in the Puzzle
    42

    Another Picture in the Puzzle

    3 years ago

    Scattered mixed pieces tumble into life through the love of two Juxtaposed into a space connected into the grooves under you Jigsawed beneath the stars seeking haven behind daylight's blue Another picture in the...

  • Criminal Mind
    52

    Criminal Mind

    3 years ago

    Stole her security slithering in on a side-winding, slippery snake Tenacious tyrant twisted truth to two-faced thievery on the make Parasitic philanderer plies power from prey predestined to partake As memories...

  • Unravel into Fray
    59

    Unravel into Fray

    3 years ago

    Born with a purpose bound in subtle shades of gray Genetic gyrations dance to destiny be that what may Distant clan of a caveman beats the drum now still in play And we watch while the threads of our dreams...

  • A Child's Trust
    59

    A Child's Trust

    3 years ago

    Said my prayers then checked for monsters beneath the bed Only stuff of fairy tales can rattle a saber inside my towhead Sleep slips slyly into dreams where angels stand in my stead Innocence never knew to pray...

  • Beyond the Bounds
    23

    Beyond the Bounds

    3 years ago

    A tiny sugar dusted Christmas tree looks out from the tabletop Bright lit eyes that shine with hope for a glimpse of you to spot Still waiting at the window patient soldier without a sigh to drop Beyond the bounds...

  • A Christmas Paradox
    50

    A Christmas Paradox

    4 years ago

    The beat of a paradox drums on in an empty space inside my head This way or that stomps confused footfalls from flying dust to dead While a chorus of angels cry silent unseen without daily bread And the stairs to...

  • Complexity on the Canvas
    26

    Complexity on the Canvas

    4 years ago

    Complexity sits tense on the canvas where I erase a sketch askew Failing to capture the strength you stand as subtle shades unglue Truncated linear lines of a gentleman with an angry point of view While the colors...

  • Safe in my Soul
    50

    Safe in my Soul

    4 years ago

    Absence now resonates in the aria your eyes sang only for me Rumbles in the distance waiting to rise in dreams I wish to be Built a sand fortress to guard memories that sleep dares set free So, I can feel you safe...

  • Outside my Wooden Door
    24

    Outside my Wooden Door

    4 years ago

    The numbers hit me square crashing thunder at my shore Left my careful words empty in the space of hunger's score Catching in my throat enough to suffocate an impotent roar As another stone turns to dust outside...

  • Run its Course
    29

    Run its Course

    4 years ago

    Beneath the storm clouds the air hung offbeat As if love was waiting its chance to take retreat Instead, collapsing on itself in cold silent defeat While the perfume you gave me still smells sweet ...

  • As If wishing made it so
    24

    As If wishing made it so

    4 years ago

    Hope that the cold concrete slab fuels connections to a softer view As if eternity waits, somewhere, between the lines for you But the godforsaken fog turns the path too blind to pursue And hell's a place that,...

  • Shadow Play
    35

    Shadow Play

    4 years ago

    Guileless complicity begins another newborn day Naked in the nest cries independence awhile away Fear is a foreigner as absent as your concept of prey And innocence blurs gray into shadow play ...

  • Gone Without a Trace
    42

    Gone Without a Trace

    4 years ago

    From its distance the sun feels bold as it kisses your face Graces a mortal temple with glints of a golden god's place Shy relief in the clouds as the sun blushes with desires chase Maybe I'm amazed that you left...

  • Fortune in a Cookie
    31

    Fortune in a Cookie

    4 years ago

    From the vast market aisles, a fortune cookie, called beyond the brie Through mama's innocent eyes live misty visions that yearned to be Through a cataract cloud, the lens widened, on wonders yet to see While the...

  • You Walk in Beauty
    70

    You Walk in Beauty

    4 years ago

    Oils on Canvas Amy Becherer Larger view of oil on canvas Amy Becherer Innocence afoot puts a white frock on summer's brew Angelic light illuminates the path you pass through Shadows crouch low for your unobstructed...

  • Turned Off
    46

    Turned Off

    4 years ago

    You painted me a picture in interwoven shades of blue But my dive to submerge saw only one, instead of two Myopia can't hide your need for what you're feeling due While you turned your mind off to what I needed in...

  • Walkin' a Midnight Mile
    62

    Walkin' a Midnight Mile

    4 years ago

    Tossed too many jewels to the flow of the tide in the deep of the sea Collected a montage of faux stones as if rough hewn diamonds to be Emptiness filled the walls tight squeezing out space for love left in me I'm...

  • Still Searchin'
    35

    Still Searchin'

    4 years ago

    Winter canvas on the easel of my past began on an unsuspecting slate A child's dappled dreams rose in a watercolored dance of fairytale fete Abstract hopes in gentle slopes to the pond landed a frosty figure eight ...

  • The Clear Moonlit Night
    34

    The Clear Moonlit Night

    4 years ago

    You bring me amplification as infinity flows into vast blueray light Sound waves rock in pulse, I don shades to hideout in blind sight Control teeters tipsy, stealing my grip to sit high emotions tight Naked with...

  • A Parallel Space
    48

    A Parallel Space

    4 years ago

    Crystalline snowflakes from the sky free fall through the light Each transformed through the trails of cold atmospheric flight Unaware of the other, innocent one, each in her own right Our lives fly in a parallel...

  • You Touch Me
    41

    You Touch Me

    4 years ago

    Dancers couple as senses play an interlude of summer into fall Boots kick through the colors scheme to shuffle through it all Unraveling missteps to the steady misogynistic beat of my recall You touch me with the...

  • Cracked Up to Be
    23

    Cracked Up to Be

    4 years ago

    An outsider in the world, I live deep inside of me Too quiet, an anomaly, profess those who cannot see Unblinking glow of cats-eyes perceive pretending is key Fairy tales ain't always what they're cracked up to be...

  • A Straight Line of Sight
    43

    A Straight Line of Sight

    4 years ago

    Cosmic eyes through the airwaves see clear the light Invisible bridges interweave between wrong and right Rendering the old, discombobulated in a new plight But mama, this is the way to a straight line of sight ...

  • Bracing for Impact
    35

    Bracing for Impact

    4 years ago

    Try to pick up the pieces to put the puzzle intact Life runs to the river in waves of myopic abstract Introspection treads water as the tide looks back The earth moves on as I wait, bracing for impact ...

  • A Damaged Diamond Still Dreams
    35

    A Damaged Diamond Still Dreams

    4 years ago

    Past reviews cast a pall on a complicated, conflicted, abstract mess Wanting to believe while reticence beats my heart into fears digress Petulant child looking for the naked truth convoluted in adult dress Even a...

  • One More Hostage
    40

    One More Hostage

    4 years ago

    Tiny winged hope skimming earth in symmetry speaks to me Color flickers by on guard a wary intruder, silent hints to flee Flawed feathered rebel left adrift forages amidst an avian sea One more hostage in an...

  • And In the End
    26

    And In the End

    4 years ago

    It was love at first sight for a spirit with fight born a naughty one Kicking the dust on a hot South African wild beast of a run Caution to the wind set sights to challenge the brutal sun Freedom was your right,...

  • Harbor the Key
    25

    Harbor the Key

    4 years ago

    A hammer in the toolbox, you lay next to me A nail, you take joy in pounding thought free But without my purpose you lay sans a plea Love holds the hands that harbor the key =========================== ...

  • Looking to Mars
    28

    Looking to Mars

    4 years ago

    Beyond my wildest imagination into the outer reaches of space Observations on earth spin reality into a maniacal surreal place The sun and moon light to seek nurture's nook in the human race Looking to Mars, while...

  • About to Begin
    28

    About to Begin

    4 years ago

    Out of nowhere came a new vision the wind blew in 916 pages turn fall fashions in a surreal sexual spin Painterly inspiration draws a graphic palette reed thin An otherworldly transformation is about to begin ...

  • As if Born to Succeed
    41

    As if Born to Succeed

    4 years ago

    Moments join years as destiny is conceived by seed Flown in on the wind to satisfy an earthbound need Lone wild daisy, a vagabond rooted stands a tall reed Living without question as if born to succeed ...

  • The Eye of the Spectrum
    44

    The Eye of the Spectrum

    4 years ago

    Tiny winged hearts flutter to the manic beat of a steel drum As heat shuts the door opening a space for the cold to come Holding mad mysteries close to the warmth they came from It's the little things that are the...

  • Nearly Gone
    36

    Nearly Gone

    4 years ago

    This piece was inspired by my mother's joy in feeding and watching the hummingbirds every season they return. Now, as my 85-year old mother's health is failing, I feel greater sadness as the hummers begin their trek...

  • This Battle
    32

    This Battle

    4 years ago

    The hemisphere's fault line lies to the left and the right One side states its case day while the other rests night War between slugs it out as politically correct sits tight This battle inside me knows there's no...

  • It's the Littlest Things
    34

    It's the Littlest Things

    4 years ago

    You introduced me to your friend a tiny new find Made his way to your heart knowing it was kind Rapunzel, you be the reach of his refuge twined It's the littlest things that draw loves state of mind ...

  • Threw Away the Key
    37

    Threw Away the Key

    4 years ago

    Mad as a hatter looks back to see Face in the looking glass new to she Pity the poor girl locked up in me Lost herself and threw away the key =========================== Wanders alone in her head's reverie ...

  • I Once Knew a Man
    50

    I Once Knew a Man

    4 years ago

    I once knew an introspective, sad, homeless man Roamed fecklessly free of compass, coat or clan With nothing to speak of, he ran full on less than Saw courage in the colors of his abstract plan ...

  • The Aquarian Conflict
    22

    The Aquarian Conflict

    4 years ago

    The Zodiac finds water at the eleventh a trouble sign When comfortably odd is wrapped in Aquarian brine Conflicted by the boxes deigned to walk a straight line Consistently resistant is the lay of my design ...

  • Evolutions Keep Changing the Story
    12

    Evolutions Keep Changing the Story

    4 years ago

    Random events rudely intervene to alter the script of my clan A choreographer steps to meet the beat of a stilted stick man Darkness renders the past to focus light on the naked scan Evolutions keep changing the...

  • Missed the Truth
    29

    Missed the Truth

    4 years ago

    Cats got my tongue tells nine lives just a tale Caught skimming the surface for depth to inhale Silenced in the wake of an avalanche's detail Missed the truth in my search for the holy grail ...

  • Doc Martin's Shoes
    37

    Doc Martin's Shoes

    4 years ago

    With a face that defied even maternal pride brusqueness that walked away as he cried Turned innocence round to brush love aside Doc Martin's shoes walk Portwenn's seaside ============================ The walls...

  • Waiting on the Light
    36

    Waiting on the Light

    4 years ago

    A vintage photograph found me across the miles out of thin air Spent some time getting a feel for the family perched two pair It's fear that holds my brushes still and shames my paints bare Waiting on the light I...

  • What Keeps Me Sane
    43

    What Keeps Me Sane

    3 years ago

    An element of mystery smudged with a smidgeon of pain Front row seat sits surreal screwing with the syntax of my brain Slivers of doubt that shoot straight up through the central vein Sometimes, losing control is...

  • Nothing More Necessary
    29

    Nothing More Necessary

    4 years ago

    Born this way, a visionary with the power to see Draws pleasure as the changing light envelops thee Bespoken gifts in kaleidoscopic colors to share Nothing more necessary in an artist's prayer ...

  • Locked Uptight
    37

    Locked Uptight

    4 years ago

    Paid my dues to earn a place in civilized society Missed a step on the stairs to slam into poverty Old leathered boots wore a frayed sense of finality Locked uptight in my own inner battle with anxiety ...

  • Castaway the Past
    14

    Castaway the Past

    4 years ago

    Crisscrossed cobwebs in the closet convene Choking acuity obscured in a smoky screen Black dress danced dirty to steal the scene Castaway the past on a canvas that's clean ============================ ...

  • The Light of the Stars
    30

    The Light of the Stars

    4 years ago

    In a celestial tango, the earthbound dance with the sun By depth of night the slow waltz of the lonely has begun Beneath the magic of moonbeams together we are spun And the light from the stars up above shine on...

  • From Less than Naught
    34

    From Less than Naught

    4 years ago

    A godforsaken scape in the land of have not Where fairytales exist in a dreams blind spot A wildflower blooms out of a crack in the pot Free spirit is born from less than naught =========================== A...

  • Blurred Colors on the Canvas
    18

    Blurred Colors on the Canvas

    4 years ago

    Just an aberrant fluke in the genetic line Outcast in a pattern of familiar design An arrow that curves supposed to align The blurred colors on the canvas I call mine ============================ Conglomerated...

  • Turned Me Around
    22

    Turned Me Around

    4 years ago

    A thief of a storm surged and me it found Stealth in its footfalls with the nose of a hound Crash crossed my path at the speed of sound Cast away the shadows and turned me around ============================ ...

  • The Journey Carries On
    25

    The Journey Carries On

    4 years ago

    Beyond consciousness, life comes to be Otherworldly complicity sets sail to sea Where logic defies any reason to agree The journey begins with no guarantee ============================ Without permission the...

  • Where do I go when I don't know
    27

    Where do I go when I don't know

    4 years ago

    Standing on the positive side of August moon's appeal A strange Aquarius attitude sees things a tad surreal Summer's headed south while I stall surmising the deal Where do I go from here when I don't know what's...

  • One in Ten Million
    26

    One in Ten Million

    3 years ago

    A tribal legend celebrates the birth of one Miraculous rarity standing pure in the sun Sign from a prophet that peace will come One in ten million runs the white bison ============================ On the wings...

  • Bit the Dust
    14

    Bit the Dust

    4 years ago

    With chance on board, the trip is a bust Murphy's Law holds stock, note the rust Dreams take a ride in passive trust Luck be a lady bit the dust ==================== Faith in a ticket brought the bussed But,...

  • Dive in the Deep End
    24

    Dive in the Deep End

    4 years ago

    Wore a uniform to parochial school Walked a straight line of majority rule I watched human nature battle a dual Dive in the deep end of the pool ======================== Abandon fancies the dance in tulle ...

  • I See You in My Painting
    28

    I See You in My Painting

    4 years ago

    Watch you take note of your shadow on the wall Amazed that you seize upon the subtlety of it all Silhouette in a freeze frame that stands on stall I see you in my painting, there, down the hall ...

  • We all Spend Time in Jail
    26

    We all Spend Time in Jail

    4 years ago

    Paid my dues in full though I'm not for sale Meeting of the zombies looking kinda frail Hung up on these rules hit another nail Truth be told, no lie, we all spend time in jail ============================ ...

  • Waiting for the Happy Ending
    12

    Waiting for the Happy Ending

    4 years ago

    Once upon a time, while I was at your knee Raptly intent on the tales revealed to me Saw the ice queen's mind meet the holy see Waiting for the happy ending to set me free ============================ Pious...

  • Into the Fray
    14

    Into the Fray

    4 years ago

    Just a nobody with something to say Tongue tied nuances trip in foreplay Pull at my threads as I walk away Shed light on the far side into the fray ============================ Visually vexed by the paints you...

  • Your Place in the Universe
    36

    Your Place in the Universe

    4 years ago

    In the beginning there came light from the sky Teased to existence by the sun we glide by Touched by its heat it taunts live or let die Your place in the universe no one can deny ============================ ...

  • Nothing About You
    26

    Nothing About You

    4 years ago

    Not enough game to see shards in the bran Misread the map where this trip began Missed the directions of the master plan Found nothing about you that's more than ============================ Cautions wings...

  • Rely on Hope
    24

    Rely on Hope

    4 years ago

    Caught in the breadth of the planet's scope Magnanimous mysteries escape my grope And miniscule nuances defy a phantascope Wish upon a star, I rely on hope ============================ From the nematodes path...

  • The Rain Washes Clean
    30

    The Rain Washes Clean

    4 years ago

    Through perfumed lush of deep, dark green Where light dares to enter only in between Crawls a secret microcosm existing unseen Life lays low until the rain washes it clean ============================ Idle...

  • The Roll of a Misfit
    30

    The Roll of a Misfit

    3 years ago

    Fell out of step down the road a bit Maybe these shoes that don't quite fit Or is it the tune that doesn't transmit In the rock and roll play of a misfit ========================== Once upon a time, my story...

  • Love that Keeps
    22

    Love that Keeps

    4 years ago

    Old woman, though bent and blind Sees the past where hope you find Strength in softness you're designed It's love that keeps you intertwined ========================== Faded blue in a face that's lined ...

  • Another Day that She's Not There
    37

    Another Day that She's Not There

    4 years ago

    Pick it up and put it square Run your fingers through your hair Time turns the corner into thin air Another day that she's not there ======================== Relentless lists that you prepare Lead the blind...

  • No Need to Untie
    29

    No Need to Untie

    4 years ago

    A passing moment freed in a wave goodbye Stranger's appraisal under cool Nordic eye Quickened my heartbeat as I passed by Grateful for a gift no need to untie ========================== Gimme warmth that's...

  • Life Never Promised
    27

    Life Never Promised

    4 years ago

    Isn't it funny we're so much the same Fruit of passions that began with a flame Love rocked the cradle in our name Still, life never promised a perfect game ============================ Hope meets the wall in...

  • Your Sorry Disguise
    29

    Your Sorry Disguise

    4 years ago

    Bravado's mask can hide only so long In paper-mache that's come and gone Seductive carnival casts careless debris Your sorry disguise doesn't fool me =========================== Pleasing the crowd you play...

  • Seein' Things
    16

    Seein' Things

    4 years ago

    Goin' for broke focused on blue To the cuckoo's nest crazy flew Mad as a hatter gets me through Seein' things from a zero point of view ============================ Stripped of ties once seamed true Doubt...

  • What We Can't See
    22

    What We Can't See

    4 years ago

    Love the wingman who flew you home To a place in my heart you'll always own Synchronized forces bring what is to be The mystery of life in what we can't see =========================== Destiny maps the path we...

  • If it's not one thing, it's another
    21

    If it's not one thing, it's another

    4 years ago

    Step on the gas, stop on a dime Another day that challenges time Bearing a load enough to smother If it's not one thing, it's another ======================= Clock alarms its partner in crime Out of bed...

  • Nothin' to Lose
    19

    Nothin' to Lose

    4 years ago

    Runnin' on empty as my tattered shoes know Bag lady who carries the remains of your stow Living on the edge of the tide's turbulent flow With nothin' to lose, it's tough to bestow ============================ ...

  • Don't Ask Why
    16

    Don't Ask Why

    4 years ago

    He said, she said, that's a lie The insanely jealous need not apply And logic can't figure how to comply Life is a mystery, don't ask why ======================== Saying yes to what you now deny Blaming the...

  • An Empty Hope Chest
    24

    An Empty Hope Chest

    4 years ago

    Stuck in a sad country song I detest Wailing the beat of this damn road test Kicked to the curb away from life's blessed Locked inside an empty hope chest =========================== Feel like a sad clown...

  • No Doubt Love
    43

    No Doubt Love

    4 years ago

    Linked we stand locked in free will Polarized you run as I stand still Battle of the wits runs up the hill No doubt that love will survive the chill ========================= Antagonizing discourse sounds a...

  • No Place Special
    22

    No Place Special

    4 years ago

    Hot July night under a cool mooned sky Silent the mood not a breeze on the fly Hollow shots ring out a final goodbye No place special, the city, waiting nearby ============================ Lonely old man...

  • In Need of A Rescue
    28

    In Need of A Rescue

    4 years ago

    Bloom's off the rose beat from the heat Rendering the visual in a hot, sticky treat Without the ambition to put feet to fleet In need of a rescue off the mean city street ============================ Just...

  • Dreams that Matter
    30

    Dreams that Matter

    4 years ago

    Lay me down, I try to sleep Crossing boundaries into the deep Where subconscious lives without a peep Dreams that matter rise from the heap ============================ Part of me now back in you creep ...

  • Under the Spell
    29

    Under the Spell

    3 years ago

    Sneaked in like a thief, grabbed me tight Leaving me more than a little alright A magician without an ounce of sleight Under the spell of my brave, white knight ============================ Nobility the...

  • In Your Blind Spot
    15

    In Your Blind Spot

    4 years ago

    The delicate balance between reality or not Anxiety finds confusion the battle is wrought Driven to the edge on a mission for naught My vision is clouded in your blind spot ============================ Grew up...

  • Burned the Candle
    28

    Burned the Candle

    4 years ago

    Lit the first flame, a long time ago Made a wish, unaware the seeds I'd sow Eyes on a fairytale, innocent hopes in tow Burned that candle as far as it would go ============================ Fire in my heart for...

  • Can't Hide
    33

    Can't Hide

    3 years ago

    Pattern in the print you wear brings visuals into play More than a fashion statement, speaks volumes you don't say Like footprints in the sand and the way in which you sway Can't hide in the patterns, your secrets...

  • A Turn on Your Merciless Rack
    12

    A Turn on Your Merciless Rack

    3 years ago

    You tease, you taunt and take it back Arrogant bastard runs on a sadistic track Powerless to thwart your means of attack We all get our turn on your merciless rack ============================ Your lesson is...

  • Put the Clock on Stall
    26

    Put the Clock on Stall

    3 years ago

    Hot, young chick thinkin' about a cool and tall And, in a blissful state, afraid of nothing at all Potent horizons blurred the writing on the wall Wish I may, can I please, put the clock on stall ...

  • Did You Say Something
    18

    Did You Say Something

    4 years ago

    Stop the presses, hold the phone A stranger enters the combat zone A bumbling head without a clue Who do you think you're talking to ========================= Thinkin' your ego is overblown A mouth you...

  • Will We Ever Agree
    19

    Will We Ever Agree

    4 years ago

    Rebel against you, the child in me All grown up, why can't you see Tired of your tests, just let me be Father, Father, will we ever agree ========================= Strength instilled in the likes of she Cast...

  • Love ain't for Sale
    30

    Love ain't for Sale

    3 years ago

    Mystery shopper lookin' at me Not a spice for your recipe And, you, no, not my cup of tea Love ain't for sale in this grocery ======================== Trip down the aisles with a mission to see Eyes on...

  • No Detail Ever Escaped You
    35

    No Detail Ever Escaped You

    4 years ago

    Proud warrior, I once knew An ax to grind was nothin' new Squint to see the scrutinized view Once, no detail ever escaped you ========================== Slayed the dragon down by the slough Conquered the con...

  • I Sing Alone
    18

    I Sing Alone

    4 years ago

    Undertow that pulls me down Fight to be free so I won't drown Hands that hold me I unclasp I sing alone out of your grasp ====================== One-way sign lays facedown Up you say as I head downtown ...

  • More Often than Not
    23

    More Often than Not

    4 years ago

    I remember you, dad, when I was just a tot Quiet, strong, devoted kept you tied up in a knot Homeward bound the train of every waking thought You're in my thoughts now, dad, more often than not ...

  • Even My Dog Loves You
    28

    Even My Dog Loves You

    4 years ago

    Open the door to your full on frontal view The sun on your skin concocts a warm brew The look in your eyes is something new Even my dog idolizes you ==================== Conversation feeds a slow philosophical...

  • You Refuse to See
    11

    You Refuse to See

    4 years ago

    Stuck in the muck of your own simple mind A dinosaur fated to a design that's resigned Didactic delegation your mandate for me You refuse to see why I disagree ========================= Boast logic like Spock...

  • Your Stoic Heartbeat
    30

    Your Stoic Heartbeat

    4 years ago

    A little too thin, you move with quick feet Low profile allows you to steal what you eat Hunkered down in the corner, you take sleep A different drummer drives your stoic heartbeat =========================== ...

  • I Wonder What Became of You
    29

    I Wonder What Became of You

    4 years ago

    Glass looks out on Locust Street downtown A symphony of feet, the steady beat goes down Catcalls raise my eyes to see the view I remember and wonder what became of you ============================ Rappin' and...

  • Have I Mattered at All
    29

    Have I Mattered at All

    3 years ago

    A name on paper, a face in the crowd More or less than some I'm endowed Broke some hearts, even though I vowed Have I mattered, though, no, I'm not proud ============================ Too soft sometimes I have...

  • You're a Rock
    46

    You're a Rock

    4 years ago

    Born with an attitude, headed down Whispers that said no, no, never a crown Primitive scribbling on a weight bearing wall But, you are a rock made to weather it all ============================ Chip off the...

  • Takin' It In
    22

    Takin' It In

    4 years ago

    Got it goin' on, yeah, the world by the tail Fingertips that touch like reading braille God, I believe, here lies the holy grail Takin' it in, yes, yes, every detail ========================= Strong like wood,...

  • Just Hangin' Out
    34

    Just Hangin' Out

    4 years ago

    The world, at large, is smaller today Boundaries blurred, nowhere too far away No holds barred with nothin' to weigh Just hangin out with it all on display =========================== Thinkin' you're clever...

  • Had to Take a Fall
    40

    Had to Take a Fall

    4 years ago

    Guilty thinkin' I was special, nothin' less than all Played a game of life, didn't see the curve ball Never sang the blues, M.I.A. the day of that roll call My mistake, life it seems, I had to take a fall ...

  • No Time to Play
    12

    No Time to Play

    4 years ago

    Beat and battered by the news today Mass killings in a country far away Cut down to size, reduced to prey Silent children, no time to play ======================= How many carats does the jewel weigh that...

  • There's No Fire
    18

    There's No Fire

    4 years ago

    Shuffle the sidewalk, like an old man needing a cane It's only myth that a turkey can drown in the rain Steady your course, gaze this way, back and again The motor still putters, but the fires left your brain ...

  • I Remember the Moment
    20

    I Remember the Moment

    3 years ago

    Strut through the airport with sin in my walk on a mission, my boyfriend is ready to dock Primped and perfumed, chance stops the clock I remember the moment our eyes meet and lock ============================ ...

  • The Rules of the Caste
    13

    The Rules of the Caste

    4 years ago

    What ideology is worth a life A child, a lover, a husband or wife Yet power holds fast to the reins of the past Peace relinquishes to the rule of the caste ============================ No mercy cut with a...

  • One More Chore
    24

    One More Chore

    4 years ago

    I give, and I give til there ain't no more Alone, depleted, just everyone's whore Your boot on my back I look to the floor Love demands yet one more chore ========================== Tired of being the strong...

  • The Gates of Your City
    22

    The Gates of Your City

    4 years ago

    Mama gave me all that I need Power in brains and plenty of pretty Still tryin' to figure what misdeed Held me outside the gates of your city ============================ Follow the rules, but take the lead ...

  • Where Do Lost Souls Go
    18

    Where Do Lost Souls Go

    4 years ago

    Less than whole, this cup ain't full Sunshine relinquishes to the moon's pull To cross the bridge, you pay the toll Where do you go when you've lost your soul ============================ Into the light, pull...

  • What If the Other Shoe
    26

    What If the Other Shoe

    4 years ago

    There was a time long ago the story went, don't you know Kids are starving, could've been you What if, someday, the other shoe ----------------------------------------------- Entitled to all that you can...

  • Baby Blue, Where Are You
    79

    Baby Blue, Where Are You

    4 years ago

    This poem is based upon a true life event that happened a couple of days ago. It captivated the city of St. Louis in an incomprehensible tale of parental frustration with a horrific conclusion.

  • By the Width of a Hair
    97

    By the Width of a Hair

    5 years ago

    Art leaves a legacy of those people, places and things valued most by the artist. Art is timeless.

  • All Just A Rue
    55

    All Just A Rue

    5 years ago

    Although, I remain determined to survive, this piece attempts to describe the reality of my life since the divorce I initiated, and my quick to follow surprise in a layoff, due to the economy. This piece relays the...

  • The Bagpipes, They Don't Sing No More
    62

    The Bagpipes, They Don't Sing No More

    5 years ago

    This is a poem describing the sad impact of sudden deafness in my companion Scottish Terrier.

  • In Memory Of Josh
    75

    In Memory Of Josh

    5 years ago

    Bigger than life, charm in a Hollywood smile Dressed to the teeth suit of armored beguile Mirror, mirror, on the wall A golden prince never to fall This child, my son, my love, my all ...

  • The Pond In Our Backyard
    103

    The Pond In Our Backyard

    5 years ago

    This is my poetic expression about growing up, letting go, the realization of our vulnerability to aging and the inevitability of death.

  • What Would Bukowski Do
    76

    What Would Bukowski Do

    3 years ago

    This is a poem centered around the recent Royal wedding that focuses on the vast dichotomy between the rich and the poor.

  • Going Nowhere Holdin' Out For Hope
    67

    Going Nowhere Holdin' Out For Hope

    5 years ago

    There's a creepy woman, stalking me these days She needs to be pitied, walks around in a haze Get up, stupid bitch, and crawl out of this maze Holdin' out for hope ain't the way the world plays ...

  • Return Me to a State of Grace
    58

    Return Me to a State of Grace

    5 years ago

    This is a poem regarding the feelings of hopelessness engendered by the recession. I addressed this piece and sent it to President Obama.

  • Upon this Bough
    57

    Upon this Bough

    5 years ago

    This is purely fictional and in no way represents my lifestyle or interest in any way, shape or form.  It was fun to write as this week has been filled with sadness and very "heavy" news from Japan. ...

  • Another Day Comes Undone
    39

    Another Day Comes Undone

    5 years ago

    This poem is a study in contradictions inherent in life from societal to personal.

  • Seeking Shelter
    34

    Seeking Shelter

    5 years ago

    This is a poem inspired by and dedicated to the victims of the 2011 devastating earthquake in Japan.

  • Someone's Son
    43

    Someone's Son

    5 years ago

    This is a poem illustrating a true life picture of a breaking news item in St. Louis. Someone's son died that morning.

  • Tell Me Your Secrets
    64

    Tell Me Your Secrets

    5 years ago

    The oil on canvas painting is my original art. The poetry is my imaginary synopis of what lies in the heart of the subject on his journey.

  • Where I Dwell
    51

    Where I Dwell

    5 years ago

    Slather me with sunscreen, you make Heaven hot as hell Ray Bans can't shield my eyes from your mezmerizing spell Sleight of hand, sweet magic man, my future you foretell Too far gone, no going back, you own...

  • By the Sword
    24

    By the Sword

    5 years ago

    This is a poem that illustrates the invisibility of the poor, their plight and the callousness of those that could help, but choose to turn away.

  • Teach the Painter
    22

    Teach the Painter

    5 years ago

    Paints on canvas colored by heart My hands created this work of art Scape of an image valued by you Teach the painter to trust the view ------------------------------------------------ Game of players that...

  • Don't Like Goodbye
    64

    Don't Like Goodbye

    5 years ago

    The painting is my original art of oil on canvas. The poem is my original poetry that illustrates the loneliness in the aging.

  • Love Without Guise
    38

    Love Without Guise

    5 years ago

    The clock face moves, I see it's quarter to you Across the time zone, day to night is askew Same moon orbits the earth counterclockwise Earth tilts and it moves us to love without guise ...

  • Caught in the Blind Spot
    32

    Caught in the Blind Spot

    5 years ago

    This is a poem depicting the plight of the poor in America today.

  • The Book I Read
    36

    The Book I Read

    5 years ago

    I hold a secret close to me Want to make you trustee Fill the void yet make me need Loving you is the book I read ------------------------------------------ There's the lock, here's the key Open it, you set...

  • Giving you the key
    22

    Giving you the key

    5 years ago

    Crime in givin' it away for free Not much value in what was me Closed account went bone dry The easy way wins, just say goodbye ----------------------------------------------- Once the beggar, a willing...

  • Along for the Ride
    26

    Along for the Ride

    5 years ago

    I fell asleep perchance to dream You woke me up by a light stream Fully roused upon that first note Along for the ride in your pleasure boat ------------------------------------------------- You work the crowd...

  • The Looking Glass Tree
    41

    The Looking Glass Tree

    4 years ago

    This is a poem about friendship, magic and hope in the future.

  • The Ice Queen
    37

    The Ice Queen

    5 years ago

    This poem uses imagery to convey evil disguised in beauty. Vampires exist in societal parasites, who will use their victims for their own selfish purposes with love our only salvation.

  • Make Me Cry
    56

    Make Me Cry

    5 years ago

    This is a poem about the chances and risks inherent in love.

  • The Puzzle Pieces
    28

    The Puzzle Pieces

    5 years ago

    This poem uses financial terms to sum up the balance in the sum total of a relationship based on credits and debits.

  • The Life and Death of a Princess
    28

    The Life and Death of a Princess

    5 years ago

    This is a poem inspired by a tragic murder of a young girl in St Louis, MO.

  • You Can't Have Me
    60

    You Can't Have Me

    5 years ago

    You call me in another snit Demand of me I must submit Loyalty is mine to commit You can’t have me, I’m done, I quit --------------------------------------------- Wheedle and whine, the tools in...

  • All Over Your Face
    30

    All Over Your Face

    5 years ago

    Its funny how sometimes old becomes new How someone who’s been there, only for you A moment of clarity, a light in your space The love from your eyes is all over your face ...

  • Take What I Need
    40

    Take What I Need

    4 years ago

    A little distance now is all that I need To soften a blow, take sting from the reed Name the lie bullshit, let it lay where it may Take what I need and forget yesterday ...

  • Damaged Goods
    28

    Damaged Goods

    4 years ago

    The best of all that money could buy You gave my brother, sister and I Blue collar work and sacrifice Love is always worth the price --------------------------------------------- Don the uniform, time to say...

  • The Game You Play
    15

    The Game You Play

    5 years ago

    If I were you, I’d lose that line All used up, you’re not so fine And it don’t take long to understand The game you play is sleight of hand ---------------------------------------------- If I...

  • She'd Rather Be Alone
    42

    She'd Rather Be Alone

    5 years ago

    She’s got it, she’s hot, loves me, loves me not Creating a stir, hey baby, look, give me a shot All vie for her favor, she throws them a bone The clamor is deafening, she’d rather be alone ...

  • I Lost my Blankie
    19

    I Lost my Blankie

    4 years ago

    My blanket is gone and it was key Locking me into safest security Now like a babe afraid of the dark Somehow, someway, I miss the mark ----------------------------------------------- Where did you go and why...

  • I Call Her Friend
    14

    I Call Her Friend

    5 years ago

      A low-point of mine, no, I wasn’t fine Disillusion and despair I called mine I found someone new on who I depend My salvation, and I call her friend   Encouraging me, yes, “all in...

  • I Had Dreams
    23

    I Had Dreams

    5 years ago

      Standing together, we got the look A passing glance turns into a stare Ordinary no, not by the book I had dreams you’d always be there   Sitting together, little time we took You asked me...

  • Write the Wrong
    18

    Write the Wrong

    5 years ago

    Another year’s spent, the monies all gone Lament the past, no, conclusion forgone Divorce, a new lease, my job so long Now is the time to write the wrong ----------------------------------------------- ...

  • The Confession
    21

    The Confession

    5 years ago

    This is a poem that illustrates the road from loneliness to fear to growing up and taking responsibility for personal power.

  • The Pin-Up Girl
    42

    The Pin-Up Girl

    5 years ago

    This poem was personally inspired by the perpetuation of insecurity in women by societal ideologies of beauty and desirability.

  • What is to Be
    12

    What is to Be

    6 years ago

    Living high, newly free, saunter city jauntily Cruising eyes land, yeah, on me Hope eternal without chains to flee I knew not yet what was to be ------------------------------------------ On wings and a prayer...

  • You Turn the Screw
    19

    You Turn the Screw

    6 years ago

    Sense of entitlement enters the room Air of superiority, the hell with you Cause and effect, nothing can bloom Crash and burn, you turn the screw ------------------------------------------- Illness your...

  • Just Not Enough
    28

    Just Not Enough

    6 years ago

    You crept through the back door into my brain Lodged in the recesses, at first causing no pain Polished and buff, refined, not rough I wanted to love you, there’s just not enough ...

  • There goes that Girl
    17

    There goes that Girl

    6 years ago

    There goes that girl, red-haired and fair On her mission, no, no, not without care Hot enough to burn the streets but unaware Her beauty belies what she sees out there ...

  • This Christmas Day
    22

    This Christmas Day

    5 years ago

    Its Christmas time, 2010, no room at the inn A child is born, no star to light his way Downtown doorways shelter the grim Where is our Savior this Christmas Day? -------------------------------------------------...

  • The Endless Fiord
    14

    The Endless Fiord

    6 years ago

      You wield your illness like a sword, Cutting me to the quick Nothing is right, face monitored Yes, yes, I know that you are sick ----------------------------------------- Your body’s...

  • Journey in a Life
    37

    Journey in a Life

    4 years ago

    The concoction, a potion Courtesy of two Creation gave the motion Guiding me to you --------------------------- Life survives commotion Typical, times two Seedy, new location Unlikely finding you ...

  • November Day
    10

    November Day

    6 years ago

    This is a poem that peruses the season's in a life, time passing and looking back.

  • Faux Love
    8

    Faux Love

    5 years ago

    Once upon a time, in days gone by, I was young and kissed by the sun I met you, married, untrue, unhappy and blue, older than I by a long run The temperature high, love on the fly, living a lie, that, the sum of our...

  • Let's Just Say
    24

    Let's Just Say

    6 years ago

    Let's just say You pronounced me OK I fit in the slot Rather than not -------------------------- Let's just say As a daughter may I longed for your attention Tried and failed, I learned pretension...

  • I Believe in Magic
    39

    I Believe in Magic

    6 years ago

    I’d like to meet a man Doesn’t have to have a plan Just has the urge to be with me Laughing, loving, dancing, free ------------------------------------- I’d like to have a man He’d...

  • Dreams of an Ordinary Man
    17

    Dreams of an Ordinary Man

    6 years ago

    When all is said and all is done At the end of the day, new chapter to come To dream of the past, reliving the truth Did you do what you wanted in your youth? -------------------------------------------------- ...

  • I Knew You
    12

    I Knew You

    6 years ago

    I met a new man on the street yesterday Three male acquaintances round me say He shouldn't be walking, better to lay You lock my eyes, no looking away ------------------------------------------------ ...

  • A Survivor's Tail
    22

    A Survivor's Tail

    6 years ago

    This is a personal poem dedicated to the plight of homeless animals. It was a personally devastating lesson in the desperate need for change in the attitude that it is someone else's problem.

  • Judge me...Judge me not
    20

    Judge me...Judge me not

    5 years ago

    This poetry is dedicated to the right of opinion, to be heard and respect for all.

  • If I knew about you
    20

    If I knew about you

    5 years ago

    If choice had been an option with genetics in motion I'd grant yes to the potion prequelling my creation -------------------------------------- If choice had been an option in my predestination I'd grant...

  • Demise of a Demidog
    14

    Demise of a Demidog

    6 years ago

    A demigod is defined as a mythological being, half human, half god; Leo, the lion-hearted inhabited the category of demidog, half canine, half god. Discovered, for sale, in a local pet store, he possessed all the...

  • Naivete is bullshit
    42

    Naivete is bullshit

    5 years ago

    I should have seen it coming, but my inclinations reject assumptions. My gut told me be careful, but my politics insisted I not jump to conclusions. My friend told me to trust my intuition, but I, like my terrier, am a...

  • Pickup at Walgreens
    21

    Pickup at Walgreens

    5 years ago

    I'm not straying too far from home these days. No job, little money, but primarily, I have been helping my friend and neighbor in her recovery from surgery. Our apartments are separate, but in the same "Art...

  • Yo! Calling all rubes
    4

    Yo! Calling all rubes

    5 years ago

    "Yo, what's the big fucking deal" sounds like a rap star. "Y'all", sounds like southern cooking maven, Paula Deen. Who will ever forget the sound of former president, John F. Kennedy, from...

  • It Might be Minutiae
    6

    It Might be Minutiae

    6 years ago

    I was not aware, until recently, that the bagel's formal roots in New York occurred some time between 1910 to 1915. Legend has it that the beginnings of bagel baking originated in 1683 in Vienna, Austria, when a local...

  • I See You, Why don't You See Me?
    34

    I See You, Why don't You See Me?

    5 years ago

    This is an article that describes the hopelessness and invisibility of the homeless.

  • Is that dogshit I smell?
    48

    Is that dogshit I smell?

    6 years ago

    This article is intended to humorously depict the ability to carry on in the face of adversity.

  • Life with a Blockhead
    25

    Life with a Blockhead

    4 years ago

    This is an article about the joy, loyalty and companionship in sharing life with a Scottish Terrier.

  • Real Life can be a Downer
    12

    Real Life can be a Downer

    6 years ago

    In every life there is sadness eventually. No one escapes unscathed. Some of us are more resilient, but those that are not feel fewer options, no relief and little hope. Such was the case of Tyler Clementi, the 18 year...

  • Learning to Mistrust
    12

    Learning to Mistrust

    6 years ago

    New life knows nothing. We arrive innocent, free of intent, open to everything. The gradual process of learning begins when newborns instinctively react to hunger. The quest for survival is exhibited in the relentless...

  • Jobless in St. Louis
    7

    Jobless in St. Louis

    3 years ago

    This is an article regarding my personal experience in becoming another casualty in the unemployment line due to the economic recession in 2010.

  • Why is this so?
    16

    Why is this so?

    5 years ago

    Connection to the world is vital and extraordinary. Today, most of the world is connected to each other via the internet. It is considered as necessary as all other daily sustenance, food, water and oxygen, although the...

  • Age Matters...Don't Patronize Me.
    70

    Age Matters...Don't Patronize Me.

    5 years ago

    This is an article I wrote following my layoff due to the economy. It focuses on the impact of aging on employment and the efforts to stay vital in a failing economy in a youth oriented society.

  • Beauty is a Beast
    19

    Beauty is a Beast

    5 years ago

     Entertainment reporters are abuzz over the purported hypocrisy inherent in exclamations from America's Next Top Model host, Tyra Banks, upon gazing at the "smallest waist/waste in the...

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