About to Begin

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

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Baby girl born in the translucent innocence of perfect skin

Delicate prey betrayed beyond the realm of leonine kin

Lifted in winged arms she is carried now an angels twin

An otherworldly transformation is about to begin

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Smudged face dirty hands, washed up, no room at the inn

Ducks out of the rain into a church finding promises within

Charities warm meal fills the void of this moments chagrin

An otherworldly transformation is about to begin

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Green turns the corner whispering hint of a spectacle akin

Tiptoeing subtlety resigned to relinquish the rein once been

Cool air infiltrates as the hot summer takes it on the sun's chin

An otherworldly transformation is about to begin

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Certain as the seasons, time has changed the colors in my bin

Gone is the gold broach, sanity holds tight with a safety pin

Conscience silences the magpie's chatter of a narcissistic din

An otherworldly transformation is about to begin

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debbiepinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

Beautiful!


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

I appreciate your visit and encouraging comment, Debbie. Thank you so much.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Really nice Amy and that repitition works so well here, that auspicious leaning toward the transformation.


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

Thank you, xstatic, I'm glad you like it. I love that word "auspicious" and I'll store it upstairs for future use.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy my friend, you are as fine a poet as I have read in a very long time. Change is all around us, some good, some bad; it is up to us to roll with it and survive. You are like a beautiful butterfly about to break free from constraints, and I want to be there when the transformation happens.

hugs from afar,

bill


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

I think all of us go through a continual metamorphosis from birth throughout our life. It snuck up on me until I thought about this most trying time of my life. I am still who I am, but my passion has changed from ego-centric to other directed. I notice everything now outside my own little insignificant world. In doing so, I have expanded my world. It has more meaning. I have empty pockets, but a stronger, fuller soul. Hugs to you from St. Lou


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Love this Amy, "A new vision the wind blew in." It feels like watching the ebb and flow of the world around us and allowing this to be a new focus.


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

Your description, Mark, is exactly the way I've felt the past 2-years. I've been innundated with new concerns and a changing, larger focus on what's outside my own little world. I'm poor, but richer for it. Thank you, my friend, for your visit and brilliant comment.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

This is breath taking! "Lifted in winged arms she is carried now an angels twin" An otherworldly transformation is about to begin".

wow! This gave me the warmth as "Charities warm meal fills the void of this moments chagrin".

Voted this up! shared, passed along and bookmarked. I wish you many heavenly inspirations. :) shalom


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

Dear Jo, The little girl is a local resident, 1 year old, whose father beat her to death. The whole community is grieving. She was alive when the police carried her out of the apartment, but died the next day in the hospital. He will be in prison for a long time. There is so much sadness in the world today. A local minister who operates a homeless shelter is being obstructed in every way by the businesses downtown. It appears the mayor is worried about commerce and tourism (as if anyone would want to tour the dangerous downtown streets of STL!) as there are gangs with guns shooting and robbing those brave enough to take their lives in the hands walking the streets. The sidewalk along the homeless shelter is being barricaded so the homeless cannot stand there any longer. Promises of finding them a safe place to be is just an absolution to turn their eyes away from an ever growing problem of homelessness. There is no help if even the shelters are being censored and barred from admitting those that need help. What a crock. I guess they can just start herding them into the Mississippi.

As you can see, I've gone from obsessing over the latest fashions to obsessing over the suffering. I have experienced having it all and finding how easily life can change on a dime. Thank you my friend for your visit and support.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well Amy Dylan you have arrived with a new name as annointed to you by the Epi-man - Amy Chameleon - and of course Dylan was a celebrated chameleon too - both in his songwriting prowess and his outward appearance over the years literally - and in the fact that he always took 'different' forks in the road - different alternative routes in life and his destination has still not been reached in life - no wonder his tour is called The Neverending Tour .....

.... of course this applies to you dear Amy with the way you write and the words that you always apply to your 'poetic canvas' - think of the many chameleons over the years - David Bowie, Ernest Hemmingway,

Meryl Streep, many of the great fashion designers who have seen in your beloved Vogue ....... and speaking about Vogue - you are the 'vogue' that appears everytime you write a new opus at the Hub -hey maybe that's another lofty title for you - lol - Amy Vogue - 'cos no one puts words together like this - and the reason why the Bob Dylan video link is so appropriate - and timely - you use words Amy (and this is a big compliment from a world class jazz fan like me ) like a jazz pianist like Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett .... explores and improvises on the keys of their piano ... lake erie time 9:55pm


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

Oh, Colin, now I have some jazz musicians to explore!!!! What fun! I love your comments, because you always broaden my horizons with your intricately intriguing, descriptive poetic phrases. Yes, my curiosity wins as I go for "google". You realize, Mister C, that each and every artist you compliment me with by association, applies to you, too. I think about that when I read your comments. You are the maestro, and of course, I will always think of you as the one man to whom I can honestly say "Shine on, you crazy diamond".


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Changes are all about and soon the seasons will turn round again. Well expressed. Passing this on.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

All that you express in this magnificent poetry is absolutely true,

But sweet Amy, the biggest change has already happened to you!

Trust me.


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

Change is the only certainty we have, Gypsy, that's for sure. Thank you for much for your inspiration and support, my friend from Riga.


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

I do trust you, dear drbj. I felt that same idea about my own transformation when I wrote this. One certainty that I count on is that change never ceases. And, just like the seasons continue to roll, every moment of every day leaves an imprint for change on each one of us. Change is the one certainty in life we can count on. So, in that sense, it is always beginning and there is no end.

You always make me think, drbj, and you always will. Of that, I am certain. I am sending love to you from St. Lou


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I love this one Amy. Your poems stick in my head and I want to repeat them over and over again. Up, beautiful and awesome.


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

Pop, you always manage to light up my life with your words. I love your big, beautiful heart.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Amy, your poetry is so intuitive. We all go through change and the seasons of life - your images and comparisions are wonderful. You are right - something is always ready to begin - we just don't know what it is. I have never met anyone who understands life as well as you do. Thanks for sharing this!


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

Suzette, The irony is that I don't think I really know life at all. It is constantly in flux, which is how I usually feel. Just when I think I've got a handle on one small facet, I am taken by surprise again. Such is the best as well as the bane of the unpredictability of life. Either way, it is never boring! I am overjoyed that you find relevance in my images and comparisons, because truthfully, writing gives me more joy than I can imagine anything else ever could. And, in case I haven't let you know, Suzette, your words to me are like a lifeline. Thank you


gokimmigo 4 years ago

....WOW!


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

Back at ya, gokimmigo, for that fantastic comment. Thank you!


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

You have a great way with words - breath-taking!


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

Dear Blossom, Thank you for your spectacular comment that boosts my confidence and makes me want to write all the more!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Wow. I love when you let rip with such poetic verve. this is a veritable smorgasbord of divine delicacies... each sentence a sumptuous delight. I am sated with such sensational wordplay. I need an after dinner liquer. Yum.


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

Your enthusiasm, Docmo, is deliciously contagious. Across the miles, over hill and dale, I'm raising my Kahlua laden coffee to your words! They fill my soul, like the richest dessert without the calories. Perfection.


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

!!! I love your enthusiasm with words. Really good work Amy. Congrats!


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

And, I always enthusiastically enjoy your visits, Aubrey. Thank you for your support with totally awesome comments, my friend.

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