All She Ever Knew

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

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Suspended in a cloistered cocoon from in time she flew

To trust a tenacious tyrant trothed to trace a twinned tattoo

They danced across the canvas in a raw rebellious roux

Life in the Twilight Zone, was all she ever knew

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Wicked the wiles that wandered wild the wrong way with you

Leashed low to limber lies, lack laid like lumber, little left in lieu

But, bloomed a nascent butterfly from the darkness grew

Once, life in the Twilight Zone, was all she ever knew

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Slinking slowly, stand to stalwart, solid shores each shoe

Pick a piece to plant it in her paltry painted point of view

Broken boundaries, bit the bullet, blindsided bitter brew

Once, life in the Twilight Zone, was all she ever knew

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In the ubiquitous embrace of gravity was courage she clung to

'Neath the face of the chivalrous moon, dawn's dream drew

Angel arms aligned abducting anger as the air arose anew

Once, long ago, life in the Twilight Zone was all she ever knew

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sligobay 3 years ago from east of the equator

Hello Amy: This is another fine poem in your now classic style of alliteration, five stanzas of four lines, common chorus inverted from impossibility to possibility, a major metaphor from the natural world akin to human experience with a rhyme pattern of aaaa and extended line syllables. You are developing a real signature. Bravo.


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

From the ashes, so to speak, sligobay, from life to paper. You don't miss a thing, Gerry. You recognized my struggles with my first stumbles through poetry and offered me a hand. I recognize a gallant knight when I see one. Thank you, sligobay, for helping me along the way and giving me courage in the process. HUGS


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epigramman 3 years ago

I think I shall quit - how can I follow a class act like the poetic wizard and the gentleman for all season, Mr. Gorgeous Gerry himself, the legendary Sligobay.

I must go away now with my proverbial tail between my legs and regroup - perhaps have a shot of strong Irish whiskey to calm my nerves


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

Oh no, Colin...come back...please


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well echoing the visionary sentiments of the late great Rod Serling (of one of my all time favorite tv series) I only thought people wrote like this IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE itself, lol. Apparently there are a few who wax poetic with seemingly magical literary powers and one of those illustrious names which comes to mind is the still not late (lol) but oh so great Amy Becherer.

I tried an experiment the other day and typed in AMY BECHERER to the google search engine and it overheated - your DNA oil of finding words I've never even heard (how about you Gerry?) is probably far too rich for proper lubrication - lol - for you Amy my dear are the 'Autobahn' of poets here at the Hub - there is no speed limit and you are just full speed ahead and leaving us all behind slack jawed (I look slack jawed while chewing tobacco and my lower lip is sitting on my pot belly looking for a place to hiberate for the winter) and way way way back in the Hub writer's elephants graveyard for wannabes, car crashes, and nervous novices ....... yes Amy you are the real deal on this highway to poetic elevation and it's so high I'm just getting a nosebleed thinking about it - maybe the epi-man should go back to building blocks again with alphabet letters because your golden ink Amy makes me look like a snot nosed kid with crayons - lol -

I love how Mr. Gerry a man for all seasons broke down how you write your poetic gems - and I too enjoy your patented style (one in which is all your very own) and of course that splendid pay-off line that is always repeated and would make the MAD MEN on Madison Avenue shut down the street for awhile thinking that someone has just invented a new way of copywriting.

Thank you Miss A of B - for doing what you do best - make us all want to become better writers ourselves and reach for the moon and beyond - because way out there in another galaxy is the brightest star of them all and her name is Amy Becherer.

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

With an Irish Whiskey or two under your belt or not, Mister C, no one writes like you. I look forward to every piece you conjure, because I know I'm either going to laugh, cry or both, like all your fans, who miss you on the rare occasion you don't leave us a delectable pastry to enjoy with our morning cuppa joe. I'm enjoying a cup of Starbucks Cinnamon brew of 100% Arabica beans right now and I have a cup waiting for you.

Thank you for gracing my poem, Colin, with words that are warm inspiration and keep me writing. I wrote me mum a thank you note today and printed my Man in the Moon and the puzzle piece poem to include for her reading pleasure. I was so hoping that the comments would print, but they didn't. She would get such a "kick" out of yours. I realized that though I've told her I write at hubpages, I've never read or sent her any of my work. Since she struggles with some dementia now, I worry it might frustrate her, as is the nature of some poetry, it can be somewhat obscure.

Thank you for coming back and lighting up my piece with your entertaining, imaginative, endearing comment. As always, your words bring more life to my page than any work I put here. Shivering in St. Louis, I'm sending warm hugs across the pond to you.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Wonderful way with words, if you see what I saw. Thank you too.


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

If you see something relevant, even one thing that clicks with you, Mhatter, I am happy. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and your interpretation is going to be very personal to your experiences. If you relate to any phrase in any of my poetry, I feel supremely complimented. Thank you so much, dear Mhatter.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. You have a wonderful way with poetic words. This one took me from one side of the Twilight zone to the other. Great video. Passing this on.


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

Bless you, Gypsy. You have a way of making this blustery cold day in St. Lou so much warmer. I am so happy that you liked this piece. Thank you for your kindness, my sweet friend.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

You already know, Amy, many of the plaudits I have in the past, and will continue in the future, to heap upon your poetry. But this is one I may not have mentioned before. What is most inspiring and pleasurable for me to read within your poetic musings, is the fact that almost every piece you publish has a positive, upbeat finale to your message. Especially since I believe that may not have always been so in your earlier work. 'N'est-ce pas?'


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

Your powers of observation are unparalleled, drbj. My poetry has matured, I feel, as I keep practicing! I enter 'the zone' when I write now. Life, without hope, is bleak. And, so is art. One of my recent pieces following the CT elementary school shootings mirrored my despair with a hopeless message. Try as I might, I could not give it what I wanted to without compromising my true feelings at that moment in time. I would rather not write than produce drivel. I don't even remember most of my initial forays in poetry, nor could I without great embarrassment. Now I realize that the only limitations in poetic imagery is the mind of its author. It is an exhilarating endeavor that makes my heart beat faster, stretching my mind and imagination like nothing I have known before. Thank you for allowing me to think about and enjoy telling you what writing means to me, drbj. You always fire my neurons, my brilliant friend.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Love the alliteration. Very cleverly written poem.


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

Awww, thank you lovely Blossom. I love hearing from you.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, This is amazing. I could almost see her fly away into the light, leaving the twilight zone behind. Beautiful Amy.. such a gift for words. You are special..Thank you..Hugs Galore!!


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

Thank you, Ruby Tuesday, my dear friend. That's exactly the picture I was seeing as I wrote this and she flew out of the Twilight Zone forever. I always love your visits, Ruby. Hugs galore to you!


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sligobay 3 years ago from east of the equator

These are a great set of comments to your poetry. Colin tends to seduce us all with his self-effacing manner.


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

I feel so fortunate, sligobay, to have so many fantastic friends. I enjoy seeing each and every person here. Each unique writer here leaves comments that touch me, make me think, teach me, support and encourage my efforts and make me want to write like nobody's business!!! I want to dazzle all my readers, as they give my writing their eyes, their mind, their consideration, their time and there is no greater compliment, no greater gift than that. They are magnificent!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I never let colin interfere with my comments. He is so far advanced in his psyche. I never read his comments until i have commented, then i read his comments and i love his remarks. He knows great poetry and he is humble......


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Your words produce incredible images in my mind. You are amazing. Voted up, beautiful and awesome.


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

Dear Ruby, you are a woman after my own heart. I never read other commenters either, until after I have left mine. In fact, one of my greatest fears in reading other poets is that their influence will, even on a subconscious level, turn me into a copycat. For a writer, that is one of the worst impediments to originality that I always keep in mind, as the joy of poetry, of course, is in the reading. And, yes, Colin is one in a million and so are you my sweet friend, Ruby.


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

The fact that my words cross your brilliantly vital mind is the most supreme compliment to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, dear Pop.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Beautifully written and perfect video accompaniment


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

Thank you, Wayne, I appreciate your visit and the support of your awesome comment.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

You do have a way with the rhythm of words---and I think of alliteration as a rhythmic device--hope you are doing better Amy---write your way though--I think it helps! Lovely, lovely piece


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

Thank you, Audrey. Writing is the best form of therapy I know. It definitely helps me sort out where I've been and keeps me on the path I'm headed. I appreciate your visit, Audrey, and your beautiful comment.


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SiberianWolf 3 years ago from MidWest

good to know that others have been in that 'twillight zone' as well.. you seem to write from first hand experience... nice ink!


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

Thank you, SiberianWolf, for your visit and a great comment especially "nice ink". We write best of what we know...I think.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I had forgotten your beautiful style, Amy. I have seen a couple others try it here lately but not successfully, lol. I need to catch up. ^


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

Oh, thank you so much, Jackie. I love your latest piece about your mom and dad. It was not only interesting, but your poetry falls into the realm of awesome.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is incredible Amy, the way you weave those words together, and what words. I would never attempt to place some of these into poetry but you have done this perfectly.

Awesome


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

Thank you for one of the best birthday gifts I've ever received, and all the way from New Zealand! It's like the most deliciously decadent cupcake...with a cherry on top. Thank you, Rosemay!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Ooooh Happy Birthday... with a cherry on top :))


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

Thank you, lovely lady Rosemay!


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Dancing Water 3 years ago

Hello, Amy! What exquisitely expressed sentiments and reflections, and what a precious gift you possess in your writing, which elevates the art of poetry.

I so embrace the content of what you have expressed. I have been there way too many times in my relationships. What is it about modern women that they seek the adrenaline rush as opposed to steady, enduring, faithful love? (If I have misinterpreted, please forgive.) I finally know what I want, and the knowing alone is fulfilling in and of itself.

Thank you for sharing your blessed gift, dear Amy!

Hugs,

Reba


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

Thank you, Reba. You understand perfectly and have interpreted my poetry exactly as my experiences inspired this piece. Of course, I am always ecstatic when a reader finds some relevance even though their life experience is totally different. The beauty of poetry, for me is, though we might see different interpretations of the same event, it is our recognition of like emotions; be it happiness, pain, fear, loneliness or love that connects us. Thank you so much, Reba, for your kind, and encouraging words to me. You've made my day! Hugs to you


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Dancing Water 3 years ago

Yes, it is the connection with what we share that we seek. Knowing that perchance what we have expressed connects with another's life experiences, ideas, reflections, personal truths is such a deep reward. I am so glad that I have contributed positively to your day, dear Amy. You always lift me up with your wonderful spirit!


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

Bless you, dear Reba.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Your experiences paint your words with the shades of what you have lived, Amy. So rich and deep and always beautiful. I shall begin to take your advice and not read other's comments until I have penned my own. While I read your work, so many thoughts come to mind, then are lost in the nicely worded comments that have gone before. Good advice on that. Love your work here.


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

Thank you, Peg! I see the same in your magnificent writing. I feel sweet nostalgia when I read many of your pieces, such as your addictively intertwined, magnetic series. That reminds me, I saw notice of a new chapter, which I am going to read as soon as I leave here. As always, I am so happy to see you here, Peg, and always enjoy your inspiring encouragement.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Sweet girl, clever woman. So good to find you here.


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

Back at cha, my friend.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Oh, Amy, this poem expresses my own experiences in life, also. We certainly have had similar circumstances and life experiences and lessons. What a wonderful poem. And the photo of Walt Whitman - perfect - I don't know if it is an ad or a photo you included with your poem, but it works perfectly. You seem to be able to capture the emotions, experiences and feelings we all have had in life. And you do it with such wonderful words. You are every woman, Amy, and I mean that as a compliment to your poetry!


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

Alas, dear Suzette, I can't take credit for Walt Whitman, but I love it! You are one of the world's most observant observers, as you notice every nuance, Suzette. You give me the most supreme compliment in giving my poetry your brilliant eyes, mind, thoughts and emotional consideration. I am touched more than I can say, my friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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Micky Dee 3 years ago

Thank you for more beautiful thoughts. Peace dear.


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

Ah, peace...seems it is always in short supply. Thank you for your beautiful wishes and 'Peace' to you, my friend, Micky Dee.


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

The power of your words take me beyond the poetry I see written. I so appreciate your talent.


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

Thank you so much, toknowinfo. Considering the fact that your most excellent, truly awesome writing about complex psychological topics hits home as relatable and extremely helpful to me personally, I revel in your comment. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, my friend.


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foemeno 3 years ago from New York

this is quite frankly so advanced i didnt no how to read it the way you intended and every line was a near awakening, i felt it the flow was tangital but im going to read it again to make sure, im so used to writing and reading poetry with, i dont no the term but action metaphors, this borderlines another dimension thanks


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

I appreciate your feelings regarding this piece, foemeno. Hearing the perceptions of readers, especially poets, is more important to me personally than I can fully express. You struck on an important fact in reading someone's work in that we live inside our own heads and the inspiration and its interpretation for any work is less important than where it takes each reader. I am thrilled by your profound comment, foemeno, which of itself is fuel for inspiration. Thank you so much!

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