Another Day that She's Not There

Pick it up and put it square

Run your fingers through your hair

Time turns the corner into thin air

Another day that she's not there

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Relentless lists that you prepare

Lead the blind down a dark stair

Lost the map that travels nowhere

Another day that she's not there

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I know that story the one you share

Old mother's cupboard still laid bare

Trip on the cobblestones hit despair

Another day that she's not there

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Reason rebels the power of prayer

And logic defies the concept of fair

Reaching beyond no longer aware

Another day that she's not there

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Beauty of innocence you ensnare

Becoming the child for whom I care

Painting an angel I cannot repair

Another day that she's not there

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Simba73 4 years ago from UK

You have created a master piece here the rhyme meter is unbelievable,

This is such a hard thing to accomplish with the same rhyme throughout a write this long without feeling pushed, I salute you pen, I have not even got to mentioning how wonderful the poem is in it's own right, so heart felt and truly show real pain of the writer.

This is the best I come across on hubs, can't think of what else to say but I'm just going back to the top to read it again !!!

Simba


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sarahmoose 4 years ago from Nottingham, England

This is a wonderfully powerful piece of poetry, beautifully written with great rhyming. Stunning work!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great poetry as always that never fails to please and great song too!


Emer420 4 years ago

Another amazing poem. You are very good with words. I also LOVED the video at the end. That has always been one of my favorite songs.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Amy.. you are amazing.. this is simply beautiful.. Sharing on Facebook

Blessings to you

Debbie


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loveofnight 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

I love the way that your words flow, it was worthy of a re-read. Thanks for sharing


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

Simba, I couldn't sleep last night and I decided to write about one of the reasons I have difficulty sleeping. When I awoke a few hours later, I found the most beautiful gift in your message here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Simba. You've given me a new perspective on "sleepless in St. Louis".


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

sarahmoose (with her beautiful daughter), As the mother of a grown daughter, the bond between is what inspired this piece about my own mother. Thank you so much for your generous comment.


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

Jackie, Your words keep me reaching to be a better writer. Thank you for the motivation your encouragement gives me.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

I have often woken from my sleep thinking of my past and my dear sweet mother. The agony and pain that inflicted her life, I saw much of her pain and physical abuse. I have shared much of her in my work. You my friend have shared the tenderness and loss extremely beautifully. Dust in the wind was symbolic. I wish you well my poet, your words stirred my heart and soul. Hugs from me to you.


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

Dear Emer, Since I have become enamored with poetry relatively recently, only after joining hubpages, my appreciation for music has grown incrementally. I have found both art forms are far more closely intermingled than I understood prior to writing poetry. The beat, the cadence, the meaning, all give life to each piece. I want my work to sing...and dance. I never thought that writing would be a party, but the time I spend creatively, I have the time of my life. From one writer to another, Emer, thank you.


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

Dear Debbie, Thank you my fellow writer and friend. I appreciate your support, as it is so personally valuable to my confidence. Without confidence, I wouldn't be motivated to keep striving to become a better writer.


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

loveofnight, I relate to your name these days..or nights, I should say. The best writing burns in the soul of the writer. Those parts of my life that keep me awake at night flow effortlessly because they are at core, what's important to me. Thank you for your very special comment.


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

Dear Vincent, writer extraordinaire, It seems that the very passion that drives life, giving it meaning and depth, is capable of inflicting the greatest pain. Ironically, artistic temperment feels every nuance. The greatest paintings were never contemplated and created with blase brushstokes, but were born of passion. The pain that you have experienced and live with forever is a double-edged sword. There are many things we cannot change, they are handed to us and become part of our core. You took the pain that you watched your mother endure, the love of your life, giving it truth and meaning by way of your love. There's no greater gift than what you bring to the world, my friend. Hugs to you


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy, how long does it take you to write one of these masterpieces? I'm just curious because it boggles my mind that you are able to achieve such cadence and perfect choice of words....it's beyond me how you do this.

Well done once again. You are a master of this genre....have a wonderful weekend my friend, and thank you for bringing the beauty of your words into our lives.


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epigramman 4 years ago

well if there were another day and you were not there ..... I'd fookin' shite my pants - lol lol - your writing keeps getting better and better as all of your devoted readers will say (including dumbstruck Epi) but deep down I already knew it was 'better' in the first place when I read you two years ago - what you are now dear Amy is like that fine wine which ages so well but perhaps not in a mellow way either - always keep your edge and your poetic spunk and the heart and the mind will always follow.

Congratulations on 300 lucky followers and your lyrical genius always inspires the epi-man because he always knows a good lyric when he sees one - lake erie time 12:30pm


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

Dear Bill, Thank you for your interesting question, one I wonder about with writers like yourself, prolific and profound, as I am curious about the process, which is so different for each and every writer. I've found that often when I try to sleep, if something is front and center on my mind, I can't relinquish my worries to sleep. As I live alone, it's quiet here, yet I especially love writing at night. There is something of a symbiotic cocoon in the darkness that makes me feel safer in the honesty I want to relay. When I'm thinking about something that won't let me go, there always comes a phrase, often the first I use in my piece, and the rest follows, generally requiring an hour start to finish...all a pure creative fun release. Afterwards, I can sleep with abandon...a mind orgasm, if you will. Hmmm, another inspiration I only just thought of. Thank you, my friend, for your awesome comment and the concept of a new idea, too!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Amazing and wonderful poem. Sad and touching. It's so hard when we have to go on and find ourselves longing for those who are no longer with us. I miss both my parents lots and wish I still had them around.


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

Mr. C, I will always think of you as "The maestro" as your love of music is at your core, which heightens the pleasure of your words "lyrical genius". Thank you for reminding me to pay attention to the numbers, as I don't ordinarily. Numbers carry valid weight, but I'll never be a businessman. However, I do appreciate each and every reader, the generosity of their time and comments and the learning I garner from what they tell me. If the numbers are low, they speak volumes that I listen to.

You mention an "edge" and "poetic spunk" and, yes, Colin, I am driven by the beat of my own drummer. I will stop writing if I become mundane. I have to laugh when I think about a recent piece I wrote that got multiple comments to the effect of a "pleasant poem", meant in a complimentary manner, but set me aback. LOL Pleasant is nice, but I connotate it with Casper Milktoast...not my cup o' tea. That was an eye-opening, riveting experience for such an innoculous, placid word! I am grateful for what my readers tell me.

So, thank you Mr. C, for letting me know I still got my edge!


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

Thank you, Gypsy. Although, I my mom is alive, she has been effected by dementia that has taken the woman I knew, away. About a year ago, my mother had bypass, open-heart surgery. The procedure commonly causes degrees of dementia due to the "suspended animation" from time on the pump, especially in the elderly. It is very sad for the family and very scary for the victims, causing suffering for all involved. My mom can no longer drive and is dependent on me for many things she once handled fine on her own. She is easily confused and constantly overwhelmed. Changing a doctor's appointment is monumental, even when I handle the rescheduling. Even the simplest task is frustrating for her now. And, no matter how many times I patiently remind her about something we've discussed, she doesn't remember. It's like she is stuck in the movie "Groundhog's Day" while the rest of the world flies by in real time.

Thank you, Gypsy, for your kind words of support.


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epigramman 4 years ago

not to mention your a) verve

b) panache

c)pizzazz


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

Oh, I love all three of those relatively rare adjectives. I'm going to keep them in mind and "pay if forward" by using them in something I write! Thank you, Mr. C!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your poetry is soo touching. Amy I can relate. I cared for my Mother after she had a massive CVA, finally having to be hospitalized, in a coma for 41 days, death was a blessing. There's not a day that i don't miss her. Her dementia after having the stroke was so heartbreaking. Keep on keeping on my friend. Thank you again for beautiful poetry..


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

Your words mean more than I can say, Ruby. My father had stroke at his brainstem 10-years ago and was in a coma and died within 24-hours. It was a merciful death. I miss him everyday, too, Ruby. It is heartbreaking to watch my mom struggle so. Her dementia happened as a result of the time she spent on the pump during bypass heart surgery a year ago. She is aware of the dementia and she is frightened by the changes. I do my best to help and reassure her. Thank you, my friend.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I see the lyrical poet who senses and hears the melody in the rhyme and meter so beautifully! Music and such poetry are intrinsically linked to the heart and soul of us. My mother gifted me with a love of music I see played here by a poet who understands so much, and tells it so superbly. Thank you, Amy! :-)


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

Genna, I am so happy to hear from you. I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy writing poetry. I began here at the hub and haven't looked back...only forward with the hopes of becoming the best writer I can be. I am so excited to have come into my own, and although I have no musical talent, I feel the beat when I write! You are right on in your perception that music and poetry are intrinsically linked. I genuinely feel it. Thank you for your brilliantly awesome comment. I miss you.


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

Beautiful and compelling as always. This one stirred tears in my eyes for some reason. I guess it makes me think of my mother who I will always miss. Lovely and so sweet. I love it!


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

I'm sure it is your profound love for your mother, Bobbi, that makes this piece relevant to you. I think of you when I write a piece like this one, as you spent a good part of your life seeing heartbreaking loneliness among the many forgotten, fragile, elderly in nursing homes. I'm glad this poetry touched you, Bobbi. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

'Time turns the corner into thin air...' So beautiful, so profound, so sad, so touching. Your beautiful spirit, Amy, shines through every word of your poetry. We are blessed to have you here, m'dear.


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

Your appreciation, dear drbj, is a constant source of learning, as well as inspiration. When you highlight a specific phrase, letting me know it's impact, you have given me a very precious gift. That is the way I grow, and I want you to know, my friend, how much your generosity has given me. I am eternally grateful to you. Thank you


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

Louise, I love your honest, refreshingly straightforward approach. Without any intention of spoiling the fun of interpretation, I was inspired to write this regarding my mom, who is suffering dementia, induced by bypass heart surgery a year ago, a common after-effect of time on the pump in the elderly. Aside from my meaning in this piece, I appreciate your fantastic comment and I am so glad to enjoyed my poem. Thank you


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truedatingtales 4 years ago from Weybridge

I find poetry such a fantastc art form and ryming is so difficult. You have written this piece beautifully. Looking forward to reading more of your work.


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

truedatingtales, Thank you so much for your awesome, confidence-boosting comment.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Just beautiful, Amy. Amazingly beautiful. I am astonished at your boundless ability to describe life. Just fantastic!!!


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

When I get my book together, Kathy, I'd love to use this beautiful comment of yours as a review! And, if family was a choice, I'd choose you.


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

You make it look so easy, Amy. Thanks for the poem!! :)


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

Thank you for reading, Aubrey. I appreciate your fantastic support.

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