Bit the Dust

With chance on board, the trip is a bust

Murphy's Law holds stock, note the rust

Dreams take a ride in passive trust

Luck be a lady bit the dust


Faith in a ticket brought the bussed

But, fate holds the key to do as it must

Absent conscience doesn't know just

Luck be a lady bit the dust


Sad worn out tread that once ran robust

Fractured lives that must now readjust

Roads hard attitude remains nonplussed

Luck be a lady bit the dust


Drought claimed havoc as nature fussed

Futile frustration raised a fist as it cussed

Humanity cries as a storm gathers gust

Luck be a lady bit the dust


Reeling in a torrential downpours thrust

Buried beneath arbitrary arm of mistrust

Destiny demands the resilience to adjust

As luck be a lady bit the dust


Accident near St. Louis Today

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

No comments? How is that possible? I held onto this until morning so I had a fresh mind to absorb it all....that is a compliment my dear because there are some hubs I could read while in a coma. :)

Beautiful....I thought this was about gambling at first....then I saw the video....and then decided that life is a gamble on the best of days...and on the worst it is like playing the lottery.

The problem I have with poetry such as yours, which is so deep, is that there are times I get lost in it, and I don't see the message that is right in front of me. Complexity takes so much more work than simplicity.

That is all to say that you are a marvelous writer.

love to you,


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Agreeing with Bill about you ability. That accident was an unfortunate poetry prompt, but you made the most of it. Up!

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

Thank you so much, Bill. The bus incident consumed the air-waves all afternoon yesterday. Then, of all things, after a summer's worth of drought that has ruined crops and resulted in the suffering of cattle and farmers selling their livestock because they couldn't afford to buy feed, a huge storm system descended on the bus tragedy. Lightning, 50 MPH winds and a deluge of 3" of rain in an hour complicated the rescue. The helicopters that were airlifting critical patients were put on-hold as the sudden weather conditions made it too dangerous.

Thank you for your faithful support, my friend. Love to you

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

We may call it fate or karma,

The future has many a name.

But whatever you label it,

Destiny is the name of the game.

Very perceptive, provocative and as always, profound poetry, Amy m'dear.

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

Dear xstatic, Thank you for your inspiring words of encouragement. Your message keeps me charged up and excited about writing.

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

You, drbj, amaze me. Off the cuff and on the mark, your genius is both intellectual and poetic, a rare combination. I thank my lucky stars to have crossed paths with you, my friend. Thank you for bringing your beauty to my space.

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annart 4 years ago from SW England

A great and profound poem! I too thought it was about gambling at first but then I suppose it is a gamble as to whether we're involved in something like that or not - there but for the grace of God, etc... You are a great writer and I'm going to look at more of your hubs. Voted up and awesome.

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

Ann, your words make my heart sing. Thank you kindly, sweet lady.

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Amy, This is right-on-target..Luck has long been gone for so many who were once called 'the middle class.' The wealthy gets richer. The poor gets poorer. People are beginning to stand and demand equal rights. Maybe a new day is dawning? YEA

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

I think things have to change, Ruby. Since life has changed for me, I have to be pro-active or I'll be mowed down. Before I got divorced and was laid off 2-weeks later, I felt I had a backup system. I was treated with respect. Now, I must demand respect. I have to fight for what is right. Yes, I believe a new day is dawning. Great comment, my friend. Thank you.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. Super poem. Read about that crash. I will never understand how that bus went head on into the bridge. I had already decided never to enter a movie theater and now no double decker bus traveling. Hope everyone settles down and nothing more happens.

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

The last I'd heard, Gypsy, the bus was traveling between 65 to 70 MPH, which is legal in rural portions of the highway, when a tire blew. The Megabus line has a sketchy reputation. They've had several accidents recently and passengers have reported fatigued drivers with a "lead foot." I think the transportation industry, in general, spends as little as possible on maintenance. They've spent their wad on the lawyers they hire when their shoddy practices catch up with them. Unfortunately, it seems as long as money calls the shots, little changes. I suspect, if in fact the accident was a result of a less than stellar tire, the company will dust off it's army of lawyers who will charge the incident off to a nail on the roadway as opposed to negligence and the bus business will continue to travel on down the road.

My daughter has taken the Megabus from St. Louis to Chicago a couple of times for a $1 ticket. The problem is she ended up having to take Amtrak back, as the bus schedule was not reliable and she endured a hassle in booking a last minute train ride that cost her more than if she'd taken a regular busline. If it seems to good to be true...

Thanks, Gypsy.

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epigramman 4 years ago

....well Miss A of Awesome you are so quotable these days - everything you write has that midas touch and there are lines here and elsewhere in your hub archives which stick with me for days because not only are they so catchy in a lyrical sense they also have a profound depth of the greatest modern day philosophers ....... which of course is someone like you .......perhaps a new title is in store for you - Professor Amy - and yes the last time I looked - I saw the flip side of that Stahl woman's flabby butt hightailing it out of St. Louis town and into the lost ranks of the French Foreign Legion ..... lake erie time 6:02pm

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

Oh, Colin, I can't remember ever laughing so hard at the comedy I see playing in my minds-eye, as I watch that Stahl's woman's butt flapping in the breeze out of STL and "into the lost ranks of the French Foreign Legion." Thank you for your kind words and the best short comedy clip I've ever seen!

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