And In the End

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, but in the end, there was none


Wind ceased as the foliage stood staggered still silent in stun

The sun paled its rays, so saddened, tears of gold glints spun

Brave rhino warrior stands red without a face, his fire undone

Freedom was your right, but in the end, there was none


Broken canvas stained by greed paints the green shade I shun

The earth you leave scarlet holds close a fallen treasured son

Witnessed your journey as God rewards your brave heart won

Freedom was your birthright, but in the end, there was none


By nature, braver than I, the sun rises and sets as grief is redone

Moonlight holds my sleep a hostage that conscience can't outrun

My minds eye cannot erase a nightmare of realities endless rerun

Knowing freedom was your right, but in the end, there was none


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epigramman 4 years ago are such a proficient chameleon I feel that you are channeling so many different writers - in this piece it feels like you are the female Ernest Hemmingway - lol - and there's such bravado and panache in your piece here - leading to two more alter egos - lol - Amy Bravado and Amy Panache.

But that said - first and foremost - you are 'your own woman' and this style in which you write belongs exclusively to you (and no one else) and that is what the epi-man always looks for in any other writer - someone who is bold and daring enough not to walk that straight line and find a path of their very own with their own language and style - you have secured the rights to this 'profile' perfectly because there are many fine Hub writers here but there is only one Amy - and you always lead by example and it's an 'example' in which inspires the epi-man on a daily basis. lake erie time 10:30am

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

Oh, sweet Mister C, thank you. Although it was difficult for me to maintain control writing this piece, the dignity of this beautiful, powerful, nearly extinct, ultimately massacred animal, demanded that I give it my best shot. I saw this story on "Rock Center" with Brian Williams almost a year ago, and still think about it often. I was going to include some video, but it is too disturbing. In fact, I was so distraught, I stopped watching Rock Center altogether. The horrific, graphic reality kept me up all night crying. It is unthinkable that despite the hands that try to diligently protect these dwindling beauties, the 1/2 million dollars per horn (which has no real purpose other than to the animal), continues a destructive, inhumane path toward extinction. The fact that when the owner of the sanctuary in South Africa found the subject of the report, who viewers watched on film from babyhood to young adult, he was staggering, but still standing while he was bleeding to death, not only devoid of his horn, but most of his face. To think that greed motivated humans beings to attack and leave a courageous, strong animal in that state, tells me that the human animal is the most vicious. Animals kill to survive, humans kill out of greed. The bitter irony is that the rhino's horn serves no medicinal purpose for man. It is a false, money making proposition only.

Thank you, my dear friend, for giving me the courage to write, even when I might sound crazy! Passion can do that and you always understand, as it is "Amy Bravado" you see. And everytime I see you here, you crazy diamond, you make my day.

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epigramman 4 years ago

...and thank you very much for taking the time to fill in the background behind your poetic story here (and for your other readers as well).

That is a true gesture of passion in itself when you explain these circumstances behind your poem (And in the end) and I know you to be a world class animal lover and nature buff - and as for me - well

I am just a AmyBuff! lake erie time 11:39am

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

I am one lucky writer to have a wild, crazy diamond, sparkling from the waters of Lake Erie, say he is an AmyBuff! Life is good, Mister C. Thank you

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I wrote one about the rhino a couple weeks ago, so obviously I agree with the sentiment in this beautiful poem. As long as there is money to make, and there is a ton of money to be made in the rhino horn, then this slaughter will continue. Until China agrees to stop the black market and until Vietnam finds some other wonder drug to turn their attention to, this slaughter will continue. Of course, there are not that many of these magnificent animals left, so the slaughter should end in twenty years when they no longer exist.

Bravo my friend; let us hope and pray that wiser minds step to the forefront.


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

Thank you, Bill. I must have missed your rhino write, but I'm going to look for it next. Unfortunately, where money is involved, green covers the canvas. The word "humanity" doesn't seem to fit.

Thank you for your sincere heart, Bill. I'm proud to call you friend.

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Such a sad thing to have a magnificent animal slaughtered with such cruety for such a misbegotten purpose that is a fraud to begin with. Agreeing with Colin here Amy, the Original.

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

Thank you, my friend, xstatic, in giving me your time and understanding in this unspeakable purpose. It is unbearable to think about and even with thought and carefully orchestrated endeavors to save these innocent animals from extinction, money roars.

Your kind comment regarding agreement with Mister C makes me one of the happiest writers in existence!

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

I feel the same way, the slaughter is nothing but man's greed and disrespect got the spirit of nature. Your writing is unique, powerful and all Amy!

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

What worries me, Mark, is what impressed me most about the making of the film. Despite the undeniable love shown in creating the sanctuary designed for the protection of rhinos, and the abject heartbreak over the killings within that protected space, it still happened. The fact that those corrupted hearts that left this beloved rhino mutilated, in agony, in a frenzy of greed, could do this and continue on is utterly foreign to me. This is indisputable proof that money is the root of all evil.

Thank you, Mark. I so appreciate your time, attention and words that make me feel I matter.

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Laurinzo Scott 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

Amy I voted this beautiful because it was worded it such a way that made it so.

I voted it awesome because you captured the emotion of someone who is admittedly indifferent to animal's plight sometimes.

After reading such moving pieces it is impossible to be so!!!

When such passion reaches a person it transforms into a spiritual energy with a life all it's own... incredible!

Am sharing definitely...


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

You astound me, Laurinzo. You understand beyond the words. After I brought this up in our discussion, I couldn't stop think about it. I felt transported when I wrote this, exactly as you describe. It was very emotional. Thank you, my friend, for your understanding.

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Laurinzo Scott 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

Amy you did just what a great writer should do, and that was to transcend the now, and make one know exactly the emotion you are conveying...

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

Laurinzo, you gave me a rare gift in saying that; one I'll never forget.

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I agree with every statement above. A heartfelt account of useless slaughter for profit. I love to watch 'The animal kingdom', but i'm afraid to watch when hunters shoot innocent animals for ' sport. ' Your poetry is compelling and beautiful..Thank you Amy..

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

Dear Ruby, I don't have the finances for cable or satellite TV, and I'm glad! I can't watch without feeling sick. The "Rock Center" program, on regular network TV, took me by surprise. I must have missed the "warning about graphic content", and I was a trainwreck after I saw what I can't forget.

Thank you, Ruby. You were the one I thought of in deciding not to include the video. It would have left you crying and that is unbearable to me, too.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. You paint such colorful imagery with your words. So sad that animals such as the rhino are threatened by hunters looking to back a prize. Passing this on.

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

Gypsy, Man has all but wiped out rhino's now. And they do it in the most heinously cruel way, all in the name of the almighty dollar. I do believe and sincerely hope, Gypsy, we are held accountable to our creator in the end.

Thank you, my friend, for stopping by and leaving me such a beautiful comment.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is great and I am so glad you explain the story behind your poem because as in my poem you just visited I was going to do you as I am done and think this was somehow true to you! lol I too just wrap myself in in story and I suppose it being taken on and retold will make it sound so personally true but now I will remember to judge you as I want others to judge me! Great writing as always. ^ as always.

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

Exactly, Jackie. I have to remind myself that only I am in my head. I get so into the story, I have to remind myself, hey, no one else can possibly know unless I explain the inspiration for any piece. On occasion, I create a text box just for the purpose of filling in the details. Other times, I take the opportunity to explain. in an early comment. And, then there are those pieces, I prefer to leave to interpretation. Your "don't want to be misunderstood" piece really hit the nail on the head with me, Jackie!

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Another great poem and message, Amy. It so sad that our animals in Africa and around the world are becoming endangered because of man's greed and man's quest to corral them in zoos. I have to agree with Epi, also Amy. Your poetry is your own and I love your style. You say things in such a unique manner. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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

Thank you, Suzette. The topics I am passionate about require me to rein in my emotions, believe it or not. What you see is done with great restraint. I sometimes think I'm nuts, Suzette, because I'm all or nothing. I have very little middle ground. It is difficult for me to be objective about my work, but I wonder if you see the restraint in my work. I'd be interested in your take on that aspect.

As always, thank you for letting me expound on the creation of my work. Your comments always leave me thinking.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Strong ... powerful ... magnificent ... awesome ... courageous ... these words describe both that unfortunate rhino and your passionate poetry, Amy. The disturbing word picture you paint no one's 'conscience can outrun'. Brava!

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

I wish, dear drbj, that I could do more than feel anguish and write about it. I wish I could do something concrete to change it, to stop the senseless cruelty. Far more powerful, dedicated people than I have tried and even they are discouraged. I saw their anguish in their heartbroken faces in the documentary. The staff at the sanctuary, with no other options, have begun the process of safely, painlessly removing the rhino's horns themselves to protect their lives. It is sad that this is the only way to save a species, but it is better than the alternative that I saw and will never forget.

Thank you so much, drbj, for giving my piece your time and beautiful, meaningful comment. You have a way of always leaving me feeling positive and more balanced.

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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

My favorite line... 'Wind ceased as the foliage stood staggered still silent in stun'. You know I love alliterations! Great job on this Amy. :)

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

So glad to hear from you, Aubrey. Every alliterative phrase I create, I think of you now. Thank you for visiting and letting me know you like this piece. You made my day, my friend.

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