Beyond the Bounds

A tiny sugar dusted Christmas tree looks out from the tabletop

Bright lit eyes that shine with hope for a glimpse of you to spot

Still waiting at the window patient soldier without a sigh to drop

Beyond the bounds of heaven and earth, our love will never stop

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Antique trinkets decorate to gather bubbling memories of sweet pop

A calm force amidst the chaos, steady like the warm summer crop

More precious by far than all the gold holding my heart to no swap

Beyond the bounds of heaven and earth, our love will never stop

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Ancestral tree that grew tall to reach eternity above mortalities crop

I listen for your whispers, rose petals, that land softly as if a teardrop

Guide me, grandmother, as I lean into the strength of your gentle prop

Beyond the bounds of heaven and earth, our love will never stop

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A tiny sugar dusted Christmas tree looks out from the tabletop

Spies to catch sight of my wee winged Scotsman skirted Mac mop

Stoic dignity imprints my soul though I cry passing a familiar pet shop

Beyond the bounds of heaven and earth, our love will never stop

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A tiny sugar dusted Christmas tree looks out from the tabletop

Telegraphing light to missed souls living far far away in bliss atop

Peace is knowing they receive this gift from my lit lonely workshop

Beyond the bounds of heaven and earth, our love will never stop

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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

So beautiful and moving, Amy! "telegraphing light to missed souls living far far away in bliss atop" Thank you for this loving, poignant hub!


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

Awww, thank you, Randi. I read a touching piece by Gypsy recently and it made me seriously think about the subject of the sadness of missing loved ones at Christmas...wishing they were with us, even knowing our love will always be forever. Its a tough time for those who have lost loved ones, which sooner or later, is part of everyone's life. I always appreciate a visit from you, Randi, and the awesome comments you leave. Merry Christmas!


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Curiad 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Smiles, they are watching and supporting. We may not see, but they are there.

Mark


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

You are so right on, Mark. They are always watching, guiding and protecting as our guardian angels. I feel their presence everyday. Thank you for your visit and thoroughly awesome comment, Mark.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well this is a hall of fame line if I ever heard one - and a line that even John Lennon would be proud of writing to his beloved Yoko (whether in this world or another one)

"Beyond the bounds of heaven and earth, our love never stops."

I could just imagine having a pint of bitter with John and in his famous liverpudlian accent saying "That Amy is some fookin' genius"

I found this Amy to be one of your most personal and touching pieces of writing - no doubt you perhaps crying when writing these sacred words and thinking of your dear dad and the Magnificent Mac man.

It certainly did bring a big lump to my throat and you know intimately about my inability to cry - so this really is a wonderful and moving literary achievement.

So without further adieu - a brand new top ten and I know Mr. William Buc will say H.O.W. does that gifted young man do it?

Top ten famous people who would like to find Amy under their tree on Christmas morning

10. Mother Teresa: Yes she is an angel like me.

9. Hilary Clinton: There's no BS with this girl - she always cuts to the proverbial chase.

8. Anne Boleyn: She would have been the 'wife' to put King Henry in his place once and for all - and save my neck while she was at it.

7. Bob Dylan: "Lay lady lay upon my big brass bed and leave some lyrics sweet mama - 'cos I'm fixin' for some new words to put on my new album

6. St. Louis Cardinals radio game announcer: "And that's right folks Amy just hit another one right out of the park!"

5. Muhammad Ali: "She floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee - and she always delivers that knockout punch in the 4th line of every stanza."

4. The Spice Girls: "well girls here is our newest 5th member and she's got enough spice for all four of us!"

3. Annie Oakley: "Dang that gal hits the bullseye everytime."

2. Funk and Wagnalls (the dictionary guys) "One's in a funk and the other guy is wagging his tail because Amy's added a few words to their latest edition."

1. Confucius: "Confucius say - Woman who writes this good - makes each word shine like the brightest star in the sky."

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

I hope someday, Colin, just once, to write something as creatively entertaining as your comments, not to mention your otherworldly imaginative epigrams. As I read down your magnificent list, I can't help but react, spanning the gamut, from a lump in my throat to outright laughter, to "ohhhhh" to tears. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite, because I absolutely, unequivocally love each and every word. Why, you even included the St. Louis Cardinals!!!

I must say that the inspiration for this poem was one of Gypsy's latest Christmas pieces that was a touching tribute to her beloved parents. As I read it, I couldn't help but understand the feeling of missing loved ones everyday, but esp at the Christmas holidays. Her beautiful words even inspired me to create a new tradition by stepping outside and looking up at the starry night sky to feel close to and reconnect with my dad, my grandmother, and last, but not least, my beloved MacGregor. And, though it's not yet Christmas, I am going to look at the meteor shower early this coming morning, between 1 and 3 a.m. and think of them. It's predicted to be quite a show, with an additional, yet unnamed meteor shower joining the party in the moonlit sky.

Thank you, Mister C, for your undying support, loyalty and friendship. You add so much to my life...more than even a woman of many words can express. Shine on, you crazy diamond.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy, I'm going to have to get here sooner; once Epi speaks, it's all been said.

There is so much that is perfect about this poem, it would be an injustice to pick any one line. Love.....sweet, eternal love....I would be a walking dead man without it.

Thank you for the beauty of your words; they speak from pain, joy, experience...they are timeless.

love,

bill


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

Oh, thank you so much, Bill. And, for as much as I miss my sweet dad, my wise and kooky grandma and my precious MacGregor, I would be a "walking dead woman" myself without having had their love and beauty in my life. I have been so blessed, like you, Bill. Your words are beautiful, my friend. Thank you and love from St. Lou


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Your poetry, dear Amy, is as usual exceptional, but two lines in particular spoke to me: 'Telegraphing light to missed souls living far far away in bliss ...' I read that as your loving tribute to grandmother, father and beloved Mac.

And 'Beyond the bounds of heaven and earth, our love will never stop.' Who could ask for a promise more infinite than that? Outstanding!


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

As always, dear drbj, you nailed the meaning of this Christmas piece. I no sooner finished writing this last night and I learned about the magnificent meteor shower lighting up the skies tonight (peak showtime is between 1 and 3 a.m). When I learned about Gypsy's tradition of taking a walk outside Christmas night to commune with her beloved mom and dad in Heaven above, I was so moved, I am going to do the same, as well as during the meteor shower tonight. I look at it as an answer of sorts (my grandma told me to listen for whispers rather than a burning bush) regarding the line in my piece that spoke to you, as a likewise response to me. My dad, grandma and MacGregor are telegraphing light back to me. Christmas brings out the wonder of a child in all of us, so I don't feel foolish at all. After all, I believe...I believe...I believe.

Thank you, my dear friend, for your beautiful message to me. Merry Christmas, dear drbj.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

I want to read this moving beautiful piece over and over again. You amaze me. Up, beautiful and awesome.


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

Oh, Pop, I am so happy to see you! I was worried about you. I'm hoping you were enjoying a fantastic vacation somewhere exotically beautiful and relaxing. Thank you so much for your awesome comment, my friend. I hope you have a healthy, happy Christmas, Pop! Love to you from me in St. Lou


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is beautiful Amy. I could feel the love and the loneliness in your words. I sensed that Grandmother had a little Christmas tree that sat on a table and passing the pet shop brought a sadness knowing you were missing Mac. Christmas time is never a time of complete joy for me. I miss my Mother and sisters who have gone to heaven. Thank you for another sweet poem..Hugs..


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

Actually, sweet Ruby, I have my own little Christmas tree sitting on a table by my window. Most of us grow up celebrating Christmas with our families. Imagine, Ruby, all those families that lost their little angels today. I couldn't help but think about all their hopes and dreams and the Christmas presents their parents carefully chose for them, never to be opened. God, where are you? I am starting to believe that maybe the Mayan's are right. If not, today, it sure feels like it.

Thank you, my friend. I love you, Ruby.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I know Amy. I have watched the news all day about the shooting in Connecticut. What has happened to our world? The pain the parents must be feeling is unfathomable. We must have some kind of gun control. love you too Amy...


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b. Malin 3 years ago

Amy, Your Beautiful and Most Poignant Poem brought tears to my eyes as I read it. You've Captured all our "Hub Hearts" with this one dear Friend. Thanks for sharing your Talents!

That John Lennon Video was Beautiful... He was a Beautiful person, in his Thoughts and ways...a Talent gone much too soon, but never forgotten.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

A fitting tribute to your grandma and father as well. Beyond the bounds, our love does not stop...wise words, Amy. Thanks for sharing, and I pass it on.


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

Thank you so much, B., for your beautiful message. I enjoy your pieces more than I can say. Merry Christmas to you and Lover Man.


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

Thank you, Midge. Did you see that a stanza was devoted to my beloved pet, MacGregor? I know how much you love your sweet pets and enjoyed and appreciated your recent, awesome article on the importance of careful consideration in taking on a pet. Merry Christmas and hugs from St. Lou


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. A delightful Christmas poem. Enjoyed much. Passing this on.


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

Thank you so much, Gypsy. Your support and encouragement keeps me writing. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, my friend.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful and uplifting, Amy. Especially great for the holiday season where hope and light always abound.


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

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Suzette. Although it's beyond the time for wishing you a Merry Christmas, I truly hope 2013 is a stellar year for you and yours, my friend.

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