A Sliver of Peace

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

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Deceptive the greenery that bespoke the softest sigh

Felled to falseness without breaking though I did cry

A sketchy sun bends dark spaces alighting as birds fly

A silken sliver of peace eludes my hook and eye

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I dream of the primitive forest thriving cool in mid-July

Canopied coalescence caresses the wood nymph's ally

While human hands paint blue a scape of concrete sky

A silken sliver of peace eludes my hook and eye

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Within this dead-end alley sits one sunflower to defy

Summer heat conjures warm tears in a storm's fly by

Callousness plucks a soldier free of its post left to die

A silken sliver of peace eludes my hook and eye

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Idealism leaves my temple as time renders its goodbye

And humanities careless whispers haunt the wind's decry

A gift but for the choosing though man declines to try

A silken sliver of peace eludes my hook and eye

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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Amy, beautiful! This flows so lovely, meandering along and is peaceful even though peace eludes you now. What a contrast! Deceit is hard to take and all the lovely things in life become hard and non-beautiful. Powerful words, Amy. I enjoyed reading this!


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thost 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Very nice poem Amy. I will vote this one up.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

"Idealism leaves my temple as time renders its goodbye

And humanities careless whispers haunt the wind's decry

A gift but for the choosing though man declines to try

A silken sliver of peace eludes my hook and eye"

That is my favorite verse, and I love the repeating last line. It describes so well that lofty, elusive feeling. I really like how you use words for their sound as well as their meaning; it is clear that you select each word carefully. Beautiful!


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

A "Sliver of peace" in this world is worth searching for, but so often eludes us. Beautiful work Amy!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy, I never know where to begin when describing your work. Your vocabulary is exquisite but it is over-matched when it comes to your ability to choose exactly the right word so that your poems flow in a melody. You are at the top of your game my friend, and I am honored to know you.

love from Oly

bill


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Dancing Water 3 years ago

I recall a wonderful song by Mima Farina and Tom Jans that held the following refrain: "Oh, listen to the earth, my friend.

It'll bend your heart, not break it."

I cling to that notion, for most of humanity betrays. I love people, but there are very precious whom few I trust.

Amy, your poetry makes me cry, and it heartens me with your openness

and fearlessness to share what lies, it seems to me, at the very core of your being. And only you can frame those profound feelings in such poignant, exquisite words.

I so admire your warrior spirit for standing up for what is good and true.

If the world would listen with its heart, we would heed what you are telling us.

Sending love and prayers,

Reba


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

This reflects, as you so beautifully put, dear Suzette, my recent frame of mind. I feel like I should apologize for my flagging optimism, yet, I can only honestly write what a feel. This, too, shall pass, but I know, at my core, that I have gained something as well as lost something in this metamorphosis. Where I was once naive and innocent, I am now realistic to the point of pragmatic and have changed through experience. I am not bitter, but rather realistic without the expectations or delusions of grandeur that youth holds. At this point in my life, I see so many individual concepts about what peace means and as many different approaches to attaining it, that I don't believe I will ever see it on a universal level in my lifetime. Hell, even on a personal level, it remains beyond my grasp. I hope I never grow so old, I don't believe it miracles, though...

Thank you, Suzette, for understanding and giving my work your compassionate, sweet soul.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I sincerely appreciate your kind words, Thost, and your support. Thank you so much.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Mrs. Brown, for a thoroughly awesome comment! You have given me a beautiful gift with your words in that I feel I have a purpose with writing that has meaning and relevance and, dare I say, even beauty. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, my friend.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

There is still that silken sliver of peace if we but look! Thanks for this, Amy, and happy National Poetry Month!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I can't think of a better feeling, xstatic, than, for all the good and bad humanity is capable of, being understood and accepted for myself. Your comment makes me feel that way, my friend, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Bill, you know precisely the perfect words to make me feel at peace with my love of writing, the feeling that I have a purpose and that you understand. And, though you live far away from me, I feel a sliver of peace from my connection with you through writing. Thank you, Bill, and I'm sending my love from St. Lou to you.


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Dancing Water 3 years ago

"...there are very precious few whom I trust." A typo boo-boo! :O)


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I love your spirit, your soul, dear Reba. The exquisite words you've left for me here are how I think of you. I see you as a beautiful warrior armed with the lightness of truth rather than a sword. And, if I put a name to a beacon for 'peace' it would be 'Dancing Water' aka Reba!

Your words make me dance, my friend. You've broken through my dark mood with sunlight. Thank you from all of my being.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I wasn't aware that April is National Poetry Month, Michelle! Thank you for letting me know. I think in everyone's life there are times when the weight of our world feels like it is collapsing upon us. Fortunately, life changes in a heartbeat and faith, hope and love revive us. Thank you so much for your support.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

LOL, Reba! I knew exactly what you meant. In fact, I had to go back and re-read your beautiful comment, as I didn't see the typo. This gives me the opportunity to tell you that I am going to look for the song you reference by Mima Farina and Tom Jans. Thank you for mentioning it, Reba.


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Dancing Water 3 years ago

I am humbled and moved even more deeply dear, beautiful Amy. I feel that we are sisters of the spirit! What a gift you are!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sisters of the spirit...I love that and feel the same, dear Reba. I wanted to tell you that I mailed my submissions to The Sun last week. Your encouragement touched me and following through (even with a trip to the post office for more stamps) gave me a sense of a positive, pro-active accomplishment in itself. Thank you, my sweet friend.


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lilyfly 3 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Truly Brilliant! Not said by me much... dense, biting theatrics, I loved it! lily


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hello dear Amy, I am always drawn into your poetry by knowing that your words are actually used very economically, and give us only a tiny sliver of the feelings behind them. They are profound, and elegant, and lasting in their beauty as they linger in my mind. Some stay, as in every time I look at the moon, my thoughts go to you, wondering how you are. Thank you for sharing your deep feelings. They are so precious.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful hub and how great to know that there are so many kindred spirits on here.

Voting up my friend and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Even your comments, dear lilyfly, show the depth of your pure poetic soul. Your words make my heart sing. Love you!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Never in my wildest dreams, dear Vicki, did I think my writing would ever amount to much. But, today, I feel like the richest woman on earth. I have friends, like you, that read my offerings, and leave me words "profound, and elegant and lasting in their beauty as they linger in my mind. Some stay, as in every time I look at the moon, my thoughts go to you, wondering how you are." Your gift to me, my friend, gives me hope, peace and restores my faith in humanity. My world feels open, big and blessed. And, for that, Vicki, there aren't words enough to truly express my gratitude. Bless you, my wonderful friend.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Few things in life make me feel more blessed than the kindred spirits surrounding me here, Eddy. You hit the nail on the head with your astute observation, my friend. Your words echo my thoughts and the sense of kinship I feel. It is a beautiful thing. Thank you for being here, Eddy.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Simply magnificent. Coupled with the video, I am lost in thought and emotion. Up and awesome and beautiful too!


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX

very nice Amy. And BTW where have you been?

The Frog


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Your awesome comment, Pop, gives me hope that, as bad as things may seem when we're overwrought and stressed, they do work out in the end. I should have learned a long time ago, that anxiety is wasted energy, as it has little positive purpose and a whole lot of detrimental physical impact. Your upbeat words to me here make me feel 100% more positive and just about invincible!!!! Thank you, my friend.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Wish I could answer your question with Costa Rica! Really, I've been trying to keep my head above water helping my 85 year old mom as she can no longer drive due to dementia and 'banging my head against a brick wall' trying to help my daughter. I also have a Potosi Puppy mill Scottie with me now. She is 4 years old and adorable. I've been busy getting her healthy. Thanks for asking, Jim. My dream of Belize or Costa Rica seem farther away than ever...


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epigramman 3 years ago

Every line is a Bechererism of the highest artistic order.

When I read this I looked like that poor kid in the movie Deliverance who plays the banjo - I was slackjawed and my eyes were drooping on this laptop keyboard here, lol.

I just managed to close my mouth now but not before a few early bird spring houseflies got inside and nearly choked me to death.

Now let me back up a bit for those who are unaware of what a BECHERERISM is ........ it's the standard that the rest of us have to look up to when attempting to write poetry like Amy.

Even the Epi-man who can normally toss words around like popcorn coming to life in a microwave sounds/reads like a born again neanderthal lost in his jock strap.

I've never seen adjectives used in this way before - which leads me to believe that Amy cannot possibly be from this planet and that she is probably indeed from another distant literary galaxy where a superior language exists light years far beyond our mere and humble comprehension.

Before I arrived at Amy's canvas (everyone else has a hubpage: Amy has a canvas) I was schooled on the Roses are red -Violets are Blue school of 'riting - well like this - Roses are red

Violets are blue

and beyond this third line

I really have no clue.

...but Amy has taken the art of poetry into different directions and has invented a new language of her very own in the creative process.

So without further adieu - a new top ten by the epi-man:

Top Ten aftershocks caused by Amy's writing talents:

10. Simon Cowell for once in his life is speechless and has no rebuttal.

9. The American Mint company finally prints the $3 bill

8. North Korea backs off and dismantles their nuclear program

7. Donald Trump gets a new hair piece

6. Charlie Sheen practices celibacy for a week

5. American politics offers the choice of a third party in the next federal election in 2016.

4. The weather man finally gets a forecast right.

3. No one starves anymore in America

2. McCartney and Ringo finally confess that the 5th Beatle was really Amy.

1. Amy's first book is published and lands on the N.Y. Times best seller list

lake erie timeless for you my dear lady who just forced GOOGLE to come up with a 2nd search engine to accomodate the rest of Amy's chosen words known as GOOGLE II , duh!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

HaHa, What can i say after Epi uses all the available accolades? I loved it Amy. I adored the thought of one sunflower surviving in a dead-end alley. Have you painted this scene? I am still hoping you will use one of your paintings with your poetry. Take care my Dear friend..Lots of love...


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Nothing is as much fun as your Top Ten Lists, epigramman! You have spoiled me for life, Mister C. Your exuberance makes me smile, and keeps me writing...you make me feel like I can do anything, Colin, and that, my dear friend, is beyond exhilarating.

Thank you for lighting up my little place in cyberspace with your irrepressible joy, laughter, fun, kindness and care. You are one of a kind, Mister C, in the best possible way. Shine on, you crazy diamond.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sweetest Ruby, Seeing you here right along side the illustrious Epi-man, makes me wonder what in the world I did 'RIGHT' today to deserve such a treat! The one solitary sunflower in the dead-end alley lit up my face when I saw it last summer in the midst of a horrendous drought. I was feeding and watering the wildlife throughout last summer due to the extreme intensity of the summer. Apparently, a sunflower seed got away from the birds and took root in the small spot of dirt near the asphalt alley. I watered it everyday when I put fresh water out for the critters. One day it was pulled out of the ground and left laying on the hot asphalt. What I saw as a miracle, the property owner must have felt blighted his neglected, dead grass. I saw this as one more small instance of man interfering with the natural course of life and another example of a small mind exerting the only power he owned. I haven't painted the scene, but thank you for a great idea, my friend. I love your beautiful heart, Ruby Tuesday.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Somewhere I heard that when we are given seeds, we can eat them or plant them: short-term sustenance or long-term vision. Saving even one seed is enough. Amy, you are so clearly a visionary who chooses beauty and growth. It is a privilege to know you through your poetry and witness your beautiful contributions to this community.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Very profound and beautiful. The flow of your words move beautifully down the page. I am always taken aback at the brilliance of your gift of writing. You are one of a kind . . . unique, beautiful and YOU.

I receive a blessing each time I read your work. I am so glad you are here on HubPages to share your writing with us. Thank you for that privilege.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Hugs and love, Faith Reaper


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

It takes a powerful mentality and a gigantic heart to write inventive, fulsome poetry like this, Amy, but you manage to outdo yourself with each awesome , poetic 'child' you birth. This is no exception - to me, it is one of your best . . . so far!

What a coincidence that you now own a Scottie. My family owned one when I was a youngster and she was the most intelligent dog we ever owned. Hope that your Easter was pleasant.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Mrs. Brown, for your magnificent words. I was blown away by your profoundly moving poem "Leavings" and, considering the high regard I have for your artistry, I am very grateful for your supportive, complimentary encouragement towards my work. You've made my day, my friend.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I am always struck by the sincerity of your uncommon kindness, dear Faith. I have this feeling that people are drawn to the sweetness of your soul everywhere you go. I am incredibly grateful that I landed here at hubpages, because otherwise, I might never have had the privilege of connecting with you. Thank you for all your kindness, Faith. You always restore my faith in humanity.

Hugs and love to you, my sweet friend.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Your words, dear drbj, send me right over the moon! Besides your extra special sense of humor, your intellect is what strikes me like a thunderbolt in every brilliant piece you write. The absolute 'ultimate' for me personally is to read your reference to me with the words "powerful intellect!" I will never forget that, my friend, whenever I doubt myself. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for that.

As you may know, I lost my beloved MacGregor, who was just shy of 9 years old this past July, to TCC, a form of bladder cancer that takes a huge number of Scotties. My little girl Scot is a 4 year old Potosi puppy mill rescue. She is getting healthy, gaining some needed pounds, has recently developed a coat like a carpet (due to her improved health and diet) and is free of the multitude of intestinal parasites she had been living with. She is being treated for Giardia now. Despite spending all 4 years of her life in abysmal living conditions, she is sweet, sensitive and eager to please. My parents had 2 Scotties when my siblings and I were growing up. I have a special affinity for the breed for their intelligent, sensitive yet independent qualities. I adore their innate dignity. I am amazed by "Mackie" for her combination of strength, determination and ability to adapt and still love, despite how badly she was treated by the cruel humans she knew before being rescued. Thank you for telling me about the Scottie you knew and loved. I hope you had a lovely Easter, my friend.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. A real gem. Enjoyed this. Passing it on. Been missing your poetry.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Though it's life that inspires, sometimes it keeps me running in circles. I've been spending more time helping my mom, my friend. I appreciate hearing you've missed my poetry, sweet Gypsy. The constraints of time have put the kabosh to much free time online. I have some catching up to do at your poetry place. I miss you! Thank you, Gypsy.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Wonderful, Amy. It was "Natural Born Killers" that turned me on to Cohen.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

That's so interesting to me, Wayne. My daughter showed me the movie back in the day. I'd completely forgotten about it. When I was looking for a song after writing this piece, I perused Leonard Cohen's selections and liked the title. As I was watching the video, I didn't realize until the wedding scene on the bridge that the movie in the background was "Natural Born Killers". I was struck by how beautiful Lewis looked in that scene and how young both she and Woody were, but then, weren't we all? What strikes me most is the fact that back in the day I was so preoccupied with the dramas in my own life, the movies I half watched are like new films to me now...I feel like Rip Van Winkle. I finally woke up to see the world around me and I am moved by everything, from the smallest bird to the moon. Thank you so much, Wayne.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is really good and the song just pops a wow to it. I used one of his songs for a poem of mine when Elizabeth Edwards died. She loved the song and it fit the poem so well I gave it the name. He does some good stuff...so do you. ^


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much, Jackie. I appreciate your support. You have mine, too, and I love your piece on animals and heaven. You have a beautiful soul, which restores my faith in humanity. I am proud to know you, my friend.


Ausseye 3 years ago

Hi AmyBeachDaAlien:

You make me wonder

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Spaces quite unexplored

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Dark Knights of Old

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An alien waste of space

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A moment to be bold and kiss the stone of life

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I know, I know it's not a Catholic things

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And I am ……..ALIEN


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I have to say, Ausseye, your comments are far more intriguing than my poetry. When I am lucky enough to see you on my humble space, I always read your words more than once, as they capture my imagination. Thank you for making my little spot in cyberspace more interesting and mysterious than any poetry I have yet written!


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KenDeanAgudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

very wonderful ;-)


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Bless you, Ken, for your kindness. You made my day! Thank you.


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

Amazing poetry. "A silver sliver of peace........." sent shivers done my spine at the end of each verse.

Then you topped it with unimaiginable frosting by adding Leonard Cohen. OH Boy!!!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh, Dim, you made me smile so big my face hurts and I laughed outloud in delight at your "Oh Boy!!!" You absolutely 'made my day.' Thank you so much.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Your first line just grabbed me and the rest kept me--really nice work Amy!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Audrey, It's been so long since I've written anything, due to time constraints and the stress it entails. Your beautiful comment sent me back to re-read this piece. Reading it again made me stop and remember exactly what inspired writing it and the emotions I felt when I wrote it. I realized my work is like a running journal of those moments that mean the most to me, for good or bad. Though I'm not having a 'dry' spell in writing or painting, as life continues to inspire me, I have felt too overwhelmed to do either lately. I miss both, but either feels too draining right now. But, I know that when the time is right, I will, once again, be driven to experience the excitement of losing all sense of time that I only feel with writing and painting. Thank you, Audrey, for an awesome comment that reminds me why.

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