As If wishing made it so

Hope that the cold concrete slab fuels connections to a softer view

As if eternity waits, somewhere, between the lines for you

But the godforsaken fog turns the path too blind to pursue

And hell's a place that, sometimes, we all pass through

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Rush ahead to recapture the past, venture a highway to renew

As if every child deserves a home with promises of love due

But hunger lives to rob the poor leaving only emptiness to chew

And hell's a place that, sometimes, we all pass through

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A brave young warrior hits the road with few possessions blue

As if survival could be entrusted to dirty hands that withdrew

Miles of stone cold pavement dragged a diehard's soul in two

And hell's a place that, sometimes, we all pass through

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Hope that the cold concrete slab fuels connections to a softer view

As if knowing could allow me sleep, perchance a dream ensue

Where a wish upon a star would make all your prayers come true

And hell would be an illusion that innocence never knew

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Black Friday

As the hype of the holidays begins, I want to feel it, too. Yet, I didn't sleep at all tonight over a local news report that left me heartbroken and, ultimately, created this piece. After the news, I watched a PBS episode of the Frontline series called "Hungry Kids."

The "breaking news" story that dampened any attempt at holiday spirit for me relayed a recent case of animal abuse, where a 5-month old pit bull puppy wearing a blue collar and leash, was tied to a strangers vehicle. Unknowingly, the driver proceeded down Highway 55, dragging the puppy for miles before the police were called and he was flagged down. The puppy is near death at the local humane society after being tended to by the doctor and staff. The stranger, who was unaware that the pup had been tied to his bumper, is overwrought. As the puppy has no identification on him, there is now an appeal to the public to help find the perpetrator of this act of cruelty in the hopes of leveling justice. The graphics of the televised photographs were blurred to avoid upsetting viewers. The puppy was conscious in the photos, though, and it was graphically horrendous to see the look in his eyes.

Black Friday has a whole new meaning for me.



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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy, I will never understand cruelty. I will never understand hate. I am not wired that way, nor am I wired in such a way that I can reflect upon cruelty and hate with an objective eye. I despise inhumanity, and I will fight it until my last day.

In the final analysis, it is not about forgiveness in my eyes...it is about acceptance. There are some things I will never be able to control or change, and I have to let them go. Otherwise, I will live in depression.

Happy Thanksgiving my friend. You are special to me.

bill


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

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Bill.

I don't expect everyone to value the same things I do, but the closest I come to hating is seeing purposeful, willful cruelty inflicted on man or beast. I don't understand what the payoff is for those that hurt another. I'm not a bible thumper, but I would define abject cruelty and premeditated malice as pure evil. It is weak; the antithesis of the power the twisted perpetrator believes he has gained, usually over the innocent and defenseless. My beloved dad's advise to me when I was much younger was that I couldn't save the world, and I had to let some things go by growing a thicker skin. I understand that this is true, but I hope I never realize the day when injustice no longer bothers me. I know, from your writing and dedication to the underdog, that you feel that, too. I know that I want you in my corner, my friend. You are special to me, too. Love from St. Lou


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy, injustice will always infuriate me, and I will always be unsettled by it. How could someone not be? My problem is finding a balance so that the ugly does not take over my every waking thought. :)


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

I understand Bill. It's like walking a tightrope. It's tough to maintain a balance. Certain instances still get the better of me. But, you're right, as I realize if I allow myself to be consumed, there is no joy and then, I'm incapable of helping anyone. At least writing helps release the emotion so I can move on, as we all must. Otherwise, I'd be too depleted to help where and when I can.


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Amy, there are many things wrong in this world but people like you remind me every day of the goodness that exists to fight it. This is beautiful, heart-felt,and throught provoking. I share your anger and your determination. Voted up and awesome.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Amy, I read this with tears in my eyes. I always feel somewhat helpless. I say that I am a giving person but there is so much more that we can give and do. Beautiful and inspirational! Up+++ my friend, and a happy healthy Thanksgiving to you!


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

Dear Linda, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words. I am very grateful I crossed paths with you. I love the strength of your stand on the side of good. Your writing is passionate, enlightening and inspirational. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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

Thank you so much, Randi. I appreciate your sense of right and wrong, your passion to right the wrongs and your unrelenting strength in the face of adversity. You are far from helpless, my friend. You are an inspiration. Wishing you and yours a Thanksgiving full of everything good.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

What a horrible start to your holiday, which should be a celebration of all that is good. I hope they catch the perpetrators.


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

Unfortunately, dear Blossom, cruelty doesn't take a holiday. I don't know whether stress in general escalates it or the fact that its presence at a time normally reserved for joy, celebration and love escalates its inherent evil. I've noticed that even driving incites 'revelers' to a more frenzied, rude and abusive state. Coming home from my daughters the other night, I stopped behind another car at a red light and was nearly rear-ended by someone in typical holiday mode. The news last night warned drivers of the high rise in traffic accidents during the period from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve. Local news relayed a new service for drunk drivers where they can call to reserve a ride given by a man who rides a fold-up scooter and drives inebriated drivers home in their own vehicle. The designated driver stashes his scooter in the trunk, delivers the patron and his car safely home and then rides back on his scooter. He offered his services free today and charges a fee for the rest of the holiday season. Necessity is the mother of invention. It shows a miserable disregard for others when someone plans on drinking to excess and then driving home. According to the news report, some of the drunk drivers that admitted making the choice to drink and drive in the past were willing to 'consider' using the service. Unless it is necessity that I drive over the holidays, I don't. As adults, many of them parents, it is disheartening that they feel justified because they aren't caught.

Thank you, Blossom, for your compassion and support. Have a wonderful holiday, my friend.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Speechless? Yes, I am...

TFP


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

Uh, oh, now I'm worried...


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abbykorinnelee 4 years ago from Ripon Wisconsin

I was already in a weird spot and I had tears .... it really hit me and I am at a loss for words


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

Awww, abby. I always start out hopeful that this year the holidays will be wonderful for everyone and then life bring me down a notch to the reality that nothing is ever perfect...not even Christmas. I am always more acutely aware of the fact that real life, including hunger, poverty, illness, abuse, and death don't take a holiday, much as I want to think that everyone gets a reprieve for Christmas. Bad news is always bad, but the kid in me wants to believe that everyone will have the Christmas I think everyone deserves, full of love, laughter and happiness. If wishing could only make is so....

Thank you for your heartwrenching comment, abby. I know I'm not alone. Bless you.


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abbykorinnelee 4 years ago from Ripon Wisconsin

Your welcome, I did feel alone as no one even my longest and closest friends understands. It gets too much sometimes and I only find people that "get it" in some small way on here. Its a place that makes me feel that I am not some emotional nutcase, that others feel deeply too


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

I've found that here at hubpages, too, abby. The friends I have made here have been a lifeline for me. It feels like the best kind of family. I'm very glad to have met you.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I think I know how disheartening it must have been for you, Amy, to learn of that poor puppy's abuse. We may never understand why some humans (I should call them 'inhumans') are so cruel and despicable toward innocent animals.

But injustice does exist in our world and we cannot change the bad intentions of others. Your dad's advice to develop a 'thicker skin' is relevant. Do not allow the evil actions of others to harden your heart which is as big (as my grandmother would say) 'as all outdoors.'

May your Thanksgiving give support to your strength. And perhaps one day: 'hell (will) be an illusion that innocence never knew.' That IS a beautiful thought.


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

On Thanksgiving eve, I went from the sad breaking news about that sweet faced pup to a Frontline episode called "Hungry Kids", drbj. I felt like I was getting but a glimpse of the hell that some call reality today. One little 7 year old girl talked about dealing with unrelenting hunger by thinking of something else. She and her brother avoid cooking shows on TV, as all that food stir up their appetites. She is a smart, scrappy, skinny little girl that collect cans to supplement their food money. Her mom is a single, very depressed woman who sees no way out of the two menial jobs she works, trying to provide for two children alone, in a backwoods town that has been decimated by the economy. The little girl regrets not being in school, as they have just moved again into a motel room with one room and a bathroom with not even a microwave. They had to drop their dog off at the local humane society as they could no longer afford to keep him. The little girl cried bitterly when her mother wouldn't at least let her keep their pet's collar as a memento. I cried right along with her. I find the holidays especially difficult, knowing that the frantic search for all the right gifts, leaves the poor standing off to the side with empty stomachs. Knowing is not helping, but my finances can't cover making any kind of real difference, which leaves me feeling useless in the big picture of the overwhelming numbers of hungry kids. So, I help where and how I can. Realistically, if I can help one person, it is better than pretending hunger doesn't exist. Writing helps me, too.

Thank you, dear drbj, for the kindness of your emotional support. It matters a lot to me.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

OMG who could be this cruel? I hope they find this sadistic basterd and throw away the keys. I was reminded this Thanksgiving how many people were too poor to buy food. Our shelters were full. I'm not talking about bums as many are called, there were families that was hungry. Your poetry is eye opening and loving. Thank you Amy..Hugs***


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

The Humane Society is now offering a reward for tips that lead to the miserable, malicious bastard who hurt this innocent puppy. The pup's condition was grave yesterday, but I just learned he is now "STABLE". He's a courageous little fighter. With all the coverage of this sad, emotional event, I am certain he will be adopted into a loving home, where he will enjoy life with a compassionate guardian. He will have a long recovery, according to the vets taking care of him. I am glad he is receiving great vet care from a group that is outraged that this happened to him. It is very disturbing to me to find people that just shrug their shoulders, as if he doesn't feel physical and emotional pain as much as any living being.

I love your open, pure heart, dear Ruby. You restore my faith in humanity. Thank you, Ruby. Sending love from St. Lou to you


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well Amy you are a poetic angel with a paintbrush and every line here

is quotable. My intention was to make a top ten list with favorite words or poetic phrases - but 'As if wishing made it so' is a complete poetic statement with not one word wasted and like an artistic network they all support each other as one - even the title reflects this theory.

Of course this also speaks for your entire poetic catalogue and creative writing oeuvre here at the Hub. Each chosen word works in close creative tandem with each other and the 'tightness' so evident in your style of writing is quite a sight to behold and read.

You offer an inspiring template for younger writers to reach for and even seasoned writers will marvel at the way you elevate the use of the english language and turn it into a poetic art form.

Thank you for your sensitivity Amy and the way you care about all creatures great and small. You make the world a better place to be

by making 'us' think and feel that heaven is always within our grasp even though some days feel like hell. You are making a difference in our hearts and minds and appreciated by those who know and love you as a humanitarian and a world class journalist who is not afraid to provoke the truth in all of us.

lake erie time 11:08pm


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

As extreme as my sadness was at the news of the misery inflicted on the puppy that inspired this poem, your beautiful words make my heart soar to the polar opposite of extreme happiness. Writing is a catharsis for my soul and a release for difficult realities that feel as if there is little hope for making a difference. Your message to me, Mister C, makes me feel as if I actually do make a difference and I am forever grateful to you for that, my dear friend.

You also taught me a new word today, being "oeuvre". I had to look it up, Colin, to find that it means "the total output of a writer or artist." Thank you for bringing such a beautiful word into my ever expanding world! And, mainly, thank you for the beauty of your friendship, you crazy, sparkling diamond.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Amy I will never understand something like this. It is not the first time and I sure wish I could say it will be the last. I don't believe these people are human I think they have the devil in them. Now being a faithful and trusting person I shouldn't even think this but I will just suppose that monster is caught - attach him to a car and drag him for a bit then let him try and take care of his own wounds. Anyway your poem goes to the heart. God bless that puppy and you for writing this. Hugs. Passing this on. It's gotta be heard.


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

Gypsy, Unfortunately, everyday, the most vulnerable in society, children, the elderly and animals are victimized by abuse, usually behind closed doors. This was a horrendous incident that traumatized a puppy out in plain view, also traumatizing the witnesses, and making the reality of abuse too graphic to ignore. And, as sad and deplorable as these acts are, stories of abuse, poverty and hunger have become so commonplace today that society has become desensitized. At a time when families are anticipating the Christmas holidays, this crime against an innocent puppy, being the antithesis of love and, rather, one example of evil, I see this vicimized puppy as a survivor and a symbol of hope. The outpouring of caring, grief and outrage at his suffering will hopefully change, not only his life with a loving home after his recovery, but serve to create an awareness that results in a willingness to get involved by reporting abuse rather than walking away, adequate prison time and heavy fines for perpetrators that impacts their lives, and possibly helps to deter abusers. Since it is apparent that an abuser doesn't understand unless the punishment hurts big time, I feel "an eye for an eye" is long overdue. The choice is, ultimately, in their own hands.

Thank you, Gypsy, for your compassion, understanding and sharing. God bless you, my friend.

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