A Straight Line of Sight

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

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A paper trail blew away in the wind yesterday night

Panic paced restless as the cuckoo’s nest spit spite

Nature absconded with power on a trip tandem flight

But, mama, this is the way to a straight line of sight

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Like the supple leather of an old mailbag's might

Coco Chanel's elegant suiting unfolds to full height

You look to the past for love lost with your knight

This is your way, mama, to a straight line of sight

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The old pines extended arms cloak the sun's bite

With clockwork precision the birds meet Spring's rite

The antique lace of your gentle love holds me tight

This is your way, mama, to a straight line of sight

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Amy, once again I am impressed with your vocabulary and the way you string those meaningful words into meaningful sentences in rhythm and rhyme. So true, all of our hardship is but only the way to a straight line of sight. Voted up and truly impressive :)


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William Young 4 years ago from Eaglle Grove, Iowa

You write beautifully! Excellent work!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

It's funny, Martie, because my mom was telling me about some of the things that bother her in the neighborhood where she lives, most of these issues are the same ones that have been an ongoing source of irritation. We were entering the grocery store when my mom said "Why can't things just be normal?" I laughed and said "there is no normal anymore". My mom, like many of today's elderly, have no interest in the internet or new technology. It is difficult for them to see, much less find useful. My mom is terrified of identity theft and even uses a black marker to blot out her name and address on mail she throws out. I use to think she was ridiculously over cautious, but the more I learn, the more I see her point. I cannot even imagine a world without the internet or cell phones. I wouldn't want that. But, balance is a good thing. I agree with me mum about caution. Scams, theft, including identity, wreak havoc on lives for a long, long time. I find great value in my mother's still relevent ideas and I share her love of the constancy of nature. And, even in fashion, the classics remain supreme. I abhor the invisibility and irrelevence that many give to our elderly.

Thank you, Martie, for your confidence boosting words of encouragement. Coming from a writer with your smarts, I'm over the moon!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear William, I am thrilled that you like this piece. Thank you so much for your time, attention and awesome comment.


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Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

This is a beautiful poem. I really like the flow of your words. Voted up and sharing.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

The connections between than and now are invisible but non the less real. The past will always exist not as something gone and lost, but as part of the present and future. This is all so because the universe truly exists within each one of us and is eternal.


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BongSantos 4 years ago from Philippines

Indeed, the heart ones are always the hard ones, but with a 20/20 vision we'll see the "straight line of sight". Truly lovely


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ryem, Thank you so much for your beautiful comment. I love your name!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Mark, Your words are so true and so beautifully stated. When I was very young, I didn't see it that way. I'm wiser, in that respect, now.

Thank you, my friend.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

You are so right on the mark, BongSantos. I appreciate your time and meaningful, perceptive comment. Thank you


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

"You look to the past for love lost with your knight." I can imagine your mother remembering about past and lost loves. Beautiful thoughts...


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Augustine, The lost love and her knight is my dad. He died suddenly 10 years ago Sept. 12th. She never recovered from the loss. Thank you for reading this and leaving me a beautiful comment.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Isn't it interesting, beautiful lady, that we thrive on interaction with our species, but we struggle so hard to find someone that we can trust to interact with?

We long to be able to open our hearts to our fellow prisoners, and yet to do so invites the scam artists, the crooks, the plunderers of the human soul.

We are walking, talking dichotomies and still, we are hopeful....still we are enthusiastic about the next lesson.....still....

lovely work my dear.

bill


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Bill, you have a poet's soul. Thank you for this absolutely beautiful, profoundly perceptive comment. You've said a lot of truth in a few sentences, my friend. We think alike. Love from St. Lou to you


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Loved this and especially the yesterday night, had to keep going back to that. Made me smile. Hope your mom is good. Have you moved in with her now? Would so love to have my mother still with me. You know there were times I would be right at the breaking point but if I ever got snappy I would apologize immediately and today I am so glad I did.

Up and shared.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Jackie, I'm glad this made you smile. I haven't moved in with me mum at this point. I don't think she really wants that yet. So, I help her in every way I can, and for now, she still feels somewhat independent, which is top priority for her happiness. When the time is right, we will both know. Otherwise, she would see me as an intrusion. I understand the "snappy" feeling, but, like you, I have learned to go with the flow regarding my mom. Most things aren't worry quibbling over. I always consider the long run consequences. The last thing I would ever want to do is hastily say something that hurt my mom's feelings. If she forgets, what does it really matter? I can do the remembering. And, sometimes, she remembers things I don't!!! I try to behave in a way that leaves my conscience clear. Its the only way I can sleep at night. Thank you so much for asking about my mom, Jackie. I appreciate your sincerity and caring heart. Sending love from me to you.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...perhaps because I am listening to a classic Stones album Let it Bleed - loud enough for your country to hear it (I live 47 miles across the lake from Erie. Penn.) ...... "This is your way, Mama, to a straight line of sight " is a STONES line if I ever heard one - lol - the Glimmer Twins Keith and Mick would be proud. And maybe we should make it - The Glimmer Triplets - Keith, Mick and Amy.

Once again Miss Amy of a New Language - it's always such an amazing journey to take with you deciphering and decoding these words - in which I would challenge anyone not to read it over again at least 2 more times ......and as I am signing off here - the last track on the Let it Bleed album is You can't always get what you want - well, lol, I do - I arrive here on your scene Amy .....and I always get what I want!

lake erie time 11:59pm


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

The only way to listen to The Stones is loud!!! I love how you see things, Mister C, through your rock & roll eyes....Keith, Mick and Amy, wow, yep, I'd be standing next to Mick.

I just took a break from watching the movie "Testament". The world, to me, feels closer to it now than I want to think about. Even the possibility leaves me needing to step away and take a deep breath.

Thank you, Colin, for giving my work an edge through your unique vision. Everytime I read your work or am lucky enough to see you light my space, I know I will always be reminded that you "shine on, you crazy diamond."


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

This is a lovely tribute to your Mom, Amy. The power of your unique phrasing never ceases to amaze me. But two lines in particular stand out: 'Like the supple leather of an old mailbag's might' and 'The antique lace of your gentle love holds me tight.' Genius, m'luv, absolute genius!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear drbj, It is impossible for me to tell you how much I value your comments. They are so uniquely you; sometimes comedic genius, sometimes uplifting, always encouraging and thought-provoking. I especially appreciate your telling me what stands out for you, because, trust me, my friend, I remember and think of those ideas every time I write something new, which is why I think of you, drbj, as my mentor, teacher and friend. Thank you


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Now you made me cry. This reminded me of my mom and her calming presence. Frank just took my soul away. Terrific.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Awww, Gypsy, my friend, I don't want to make you cry. But, I know what you mean, because when I get home after taking my mom somewhere or helping her out, I think about our conversations and I usually cry. It is difficult watching her get older and be impacted by health concerns and her independence diminished. When I think about some of her ideas about life today, I sometimes cry for the sheer innocent yet astute brilliance of her mind. Though she struggles with some dementia, I listen to her carefully, because she is a wise woman with not only an impressive intellect, but finely honed logic. There is so much about the past and our elderly that we can learn if we only listen. I am so happy to know that you enjoyed such a loving relationship with your mother, that made you feel all was right with the world in her presence. We were blessed to have a families that gave us a sanctuary of love. Thank you, my sweet friend.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This is such a beautiful tribute to your lovely, precious mother. You are each so blessed to have such a loving relationship. This is a blessing and the greatest of all gifts. I couldn't help but shed a tear or two as I felt a lump in my throat and I wish that I, too, could have had a close and loving connection with my own mother. I know though, that this will come to pass when she greets me on the other side.

Sharing time and love is important and valuable when our loved ones age and find it harder to do the things that were once effortless. I am experiencing some of that now. My mind is still 16, but my body is gently reminding me that I have become a "super senior."

Amy, thank you for being who you are and for sharing this heart-felt story. I will be sharing this and voted up and more. Hugs to you, sweet one.


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Swetankraj 4 years ago from India

Beautiful work!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh, thank you, vocalcoach for words that touch my heart. I am eternally grateful for the relationship that my mom and I share, which has become much stronger, with less strife, than in my youth. I marvel at her ability to laugh and accept those moments where she forgets, instead of becoming angry due to frustration. She is a beautiful, gentle example of grace under trying circumstances. I learn from her each time we are together.

Thank you so much for your kindness, vocalcoach. Although you say you are a "super senior", you look like a 25 year old. But, what I love about you is your beautiful heart.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Swetankraj, Thank you so much for reading my poem and leaving your beautiful comment.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, kindly, soccer-world. I appreciate your time and words.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

What a wonderful poem about your mother. You say things in such an eloquent and unique way. Paper trail blew away - the Chanel suit from the past - love lost in the past and your knight - this is so beautiful, Amy. I also love the Sinatra song you have included. It was one of my parent's favorites. Again, the song is so appropriate for the poem. Another winner!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Suzette. I chose the Sinatra song, because my mom always calls me to let me know whenever our local PBS televises one of his past concerts. I like him, especially when he sings this song. I always get such a kick out of you (another Sinatra reference), Suzette, because your are so enthusiastic and upbeat in your comments about my poetry. You can't imagine how much you boost my morale and determination to make the next one better! I'm sending a hug to you from St. Lou!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Such a beautiful poem for your Mum;I loved this hub and thank you for sharing.

Eddy.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh, Eddy, I'm so glad you enjoyed this piece. Thank you for letting me know.

Amy sending a hug from St. Lou


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I loved it. Very few poeple can see a straight line, so much is obscured. Loved it..


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh, lovely, Ruby, you always say the words I long to hear. Reading your comments, whether they make me laugh or cry, always leaves me feeling fortunate to have found a wonderful friend in you. Hugs to you, Ruby Tuesday.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

It's good to see such understanding and acceptance between generations... By seeing her line of sight you have insight and involvement ...doesn't mean we have to agree but just see the line. It offers so much more to such relationships. You take everyday conundrums, decisions, points of view and create a collage of colourful imagery through your intricately chosen words . Your vocabulary and the way you wield the words are impeccable as ever. Awesome, Amy!


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Amy, I am enthusiastic about your poetry because it is so good and unsual. And, you have a style of your own that I admire. Also, you are so truthful through your poetry. Sometimes it just brings tears to my eyes and no one else's poetry does that to me. Reading your poetry is always an emotional experience. Hugs right back to you - these from Ohio right now!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

It's true, Docmo, that every generation learns new ways, yet we learn based on ideas from the past. With every new idea there are pros and cons. Of course, I couldn't exist like I want to without the connection of my laptop, but with all new tech there are new scams, too. If I'm still around at my mom's age, I hope to be as "with it" as she is, even without the internet. She is amazing. And, of all the connections I make online, there is none I am more grateful to be part of than the one I share with her.

Thank you for your beautiful words to me, my brilliant friend.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hearing from you, Suzette, is always a breath of fresh air into my day. I am always so touched by your openness and forthright honesty. I consider you a vital part of my writing and a real friend to me. I never write a poem that I don't think of you, because of the words you've sent me here. I sincerely value our connection. Thank you, my friend.


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Micky Dee 4 years ago

Awesomely beautiful Amy.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I am honored by your visit, Micky Dee. I am so happy to see you here. Thank you


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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

Good job Amy! I love these pieces how you play so well with words. :) Glad I'm following your work!


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

I am glad to be following your work, too, Aubrey, especially your human interest topics that are so full of honesty and heart. Thank you for your visit, my friend.


Joyelle 23 months ago

Sharp thnkniig! Thanks for the answer.


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Amy Becherer 23 months ago from St. Louis, MO Author

It's been so long since I've visited my beautiful, brilliant friends at Hubpages. Thank you, Joyelle, for your lovely comment, which brought me back to this page today. I feel like I've walked into a warm glow, a gathering of all the generous, kind, accepting people who've I've come to love. I have missed you all. I took the time to re-read my poem and all of the beautiful, touching commentary you've left me, and I had to walk away for a few moments to compose myself after breaking into tears. I have missed every friend here. I have been consumed by taking care of my mother, who is slipping into the predictably devastating claws of Alzheimers. I want to take this opportunity, at Christmas, to thank each and every one of you for surrounding me with the experience of heaven on earth...with the gifts of your presence, words and generosity. Merry Christmas to each and every soul here with me now.

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