Bracing for Impact

Try to pick up the pieces to put the puzzle intact

Life runs to the river in waves of myopic abstract

Introspection treads water as the tide looks back

The earth moves on as I wait, bracing for impact

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Hiding decadent daydreams behind my dark shades react

Shift in the sand reaching for the Sedaris book your exact

You touch my painting I feel its shades longing to interact

The earth moves as I wait, bracing for impact

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You speak softly as I lean in to catch echoes subtle pact

Fear chills fire into involuntary shivers of silent contract

Caution cries look both ways while I turn toward contact

The earth moves on as I wait, bracing for impact

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Old memories singe tripped wires sing a double song tract

Breaks a heart held human bondage in its sinister protract

A division bell screams mistrust that no chimes can redact

The earth moves on as I wait, bracing for impact

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A messenger brings a note with John Donne's poetic tact

Opening a curtain to the light, hope in my heart unpacked

Untie a ribbon that holds a crystal view avowing love to act

And the earth moves on as I wait, bracing for impact

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Always searching, seeking the next interaction and knowing there is risk....

Great words here Amy!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm not sure how you do what you do to me, Amy, but you do it so well. I am drawn to your words.....like a moth to flame? or a little kid when he hears the ice cream truck down the block? LOL Whatever it is, you are a modern day beatnik with a first-class mind and talent!

your devoted follower,

bill


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful Amy!!! Seems we all are waiting for some sort of impact. So much uncertainty in our world. I long for the days when people were sure about tomorrow. Sometimes i feel like turning the TV off, nothing but bad news. Like Curiad said, we will keep on searching, that's our nature..Thank's..Cyber Hug***


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

Dear Mark, So many days I am tempted to tune out and turn off. I suspect that is the meaning of the term "nervous breakdown." I feel like as long as I am still searching, I'm alive. Some days, that's the best it gets...then in a moment, everything changes. As long as I'm still kickin', I have hope. Beyond that, well, I'm hoping for a whole new adventure. Thank you, my friend, for your great words.


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

Dear Bill, I love that term "beatnik". I equate it with a free spirit and a fearless, inquiring mind. Your beautiful comment reminds me of you, my friend, as I see you the same way! Thank you, Bill. Sending love to you


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

Oh, so true, Ruby, my friend. The terrorist attacks the past few days leave me reeling. The political climate, here in the states, sure doesn't feel like there is anything "United" about this country anymore. The world looks like a trainwreck...I don't want to look, but I can't turn away. We have to keep on keepin' on and hope for a better day tomorrow. Thank you, Ruby and hugs to you!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Excellent use of the video. Superb. The words move as the song does. Thank you Amy.

The Frog


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

Thank you, Frog Prince. A brilliant writer told me about this video, which until recently, I was unaware of. It is Annie Lennox at her most magnificent, I think.


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....I am always bracing for the most wonderous impact of intellect and emotion when I arrive here on your 'happening' scene.

And anyone who is serious about great writing should check out the 'renaissance' of Amy's poetic journey - and as I like to call her after this one - Amy Nirvana (sorry Kurt, life is for the living, don't ya know!)

......always love your tag line, the pay-off line, the poetic punch line , if you will and this one is no exception:

"And the earth moves on as I wait, bracing for impact."

Epi, lol, wishes he wrote that one, lol, and in the scheme of things and in the order of the universe I would say that Amy's star always shines the brightest and leaves her readers .....with a lasting impact!

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Brilliant poetry and brilliant word pictures, Amy,

But bracing for impact can lead to stress,

All the ills of the world you cannot redress.

There may be madness, poverty and strife

But most important is to love and enjoy your life.


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

Dearest Epi, Here, right here, in my humble space, you leave epic impact with an avalanche of awesomeness in words that totally rock my world...I feel the earth move under my feet, so to speak, don't ya know! Herein lies the reason, Mister C, that I will always say to you, Shine on, you crazy diamond, because you do and you are!


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

Oh, dear drbj, truer words were never said with so much care and wisdom. I find it more and more difficult to accept the things I see happening in the world, especially since my whole life, along with so many in the world today, has been turned upside down by the economy, which has been mishandled through the greed seen in widespread corruption. There are so many people today going without enough food, medical care and medications vital to their well-being. Those impacted at the age of retirement and our elderly. will never fully recover the security they worked their entire lifes to have, even if and when the economy rebounds. Those losses are gone forever. It is a bitter pill to swallow, as the end result were due to circumstances beyond their control. It's impossible to ignore the fact that the honorable American men at our embassy in Libya, paid with their lives, in part due to a poorly made in the USA, offensive video that incited already angry terrorists. It makes me sick, drbj.

Today, I watched the news to hear that the beautiful Princess Kate and husband, Prince William, have had their privacy violated by intrusive French media journalists. I'm glad to hear the strong statement that was predominantly the voice of Prince William, whose mother, Princess Di, died as a result of overzealous, obnoxious, intrusive photojournalists. It is an outrage to hear the French magazine's editor validate this intrusion because Princess Kate is "young, not fat and beautiful." The report concluded with the fact that the magazine, despite a lawsuit by the palace, is going to run even more intimate moments between the couple, in their rag of a magazine. I agree with you 100%, my friend, that a balance is necessary to be aware, yet continue to enjoy life. It just seems like it gets harder to reach that balance with every passing day. I love your caring heart, drbj. You are wise beyond your years.


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scrittobene 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Amy my favourite line here is: "Opening a curtain to the light, hope in my heart unpacked" because of the positive vibes I get. A great piece my friend and to cut a long story short - I agree with everything Epi says - yep he said it all and he said it well. Voted awesome.

Cheers,

Maria


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

Maria, thank you for letting me know your favorite phrase. I have hope in all situations. Though there are many things I can't control; the outcome, even when I don't understand it, is what it is and I must trust that it serves a purpose. Otherwise, I would be defeated before I started. I would lose all hope. I choose to live cautiously optimistic, even when it's not easy to do so. Thank you for your visit and support, my friend. You always make me think!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I used to feel this way every single time I had to spend time with my in-laws! Your words are amazing and moving as always. Up and awesome.


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

I remember that well myself, Pop! You've now spun a whole new cascade of memories for me, my friend, with your brilliantly funny comment. I think I'll leave that trip down memory lane in the past...The impact of that journey is one where once was more than enough! Love you, Poppy


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Love you, too....


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. The way things are progressing and as fast as the earth is spinning we better get out the safety belts. Super poem and you got my heart racing. Great video.


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Amy, several times now, reading your hubs, and the kind of concoction you prepare with your internal world reflected in your words and the external world that had impacted you, reflected in the video; I feel that becomes an entire new mode of expression. Probably, if the song was not there and only a silent video and only the reverberation of your strong words- 'A messenger brings a note with John Donne's poetic tact/Opening a curtain to the light, hope in my heart unpacked/Untie a ribbon that holds a crystal view avowing love to act/And the earth moves on as I wait, bracing for impact'..that too would have been enough for me, and more. Awesome...


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

Oh, Gypsy, thank you for your beyond perceptive, diving into intuitive comment. You make my heart sing, my friend.


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

I can tell, sen.sush, from your beautiful writings, that you have a passionate, exquisitely sensitive soul. The attention and words you leave me here are so meaningfully touching to me, I feel you have left me a gift beyond priceless; your understanding so deep it made me cry. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, my friend. Although we live worlds apart, your words make me feel a sisterhood with you.


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shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

Such mature writing amy! Your poems are so deep in meaning, i truly admire this!

voted up :)


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

Thank you so much, shruti! I am deeply appreciative that you find meaning in my poem. Thank you so much for letting me know.


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Amy, our dreams are soon going to bear flowers; the geographical margins will not matter in a future world, though we may not be around at that time..! We do share a sisterhood..


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

Thank you, my friend, for your beautiful response. I agree with everything you say.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Wow, Amy. I love this poem. Waiting for impact - I have been in the same situation at times. Amy - your poetry is so searing, raw and truthful. I've never read a more truthful poet than you and I find that amazing. I'm wishing all your dreams to come true.


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

Honestly, your words, Suzette, "so searing, raw and truthful" bring tears to my eyes. I can't imagine hearing anything that could make me happier. You have made my dreams come true with those words. I know you have read a lot of poetry, so your comment makes me soar up and over the moon! Thank you seems so paltry, my friend, but it truly expresses my feelings of gratude to you.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Amy, you are just a terrific poet. Absolutely wonderful. You should record a video of you reading this. It's got such a nice flow and rhythm. Keep up the good work.


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

Thank you, PDX, for leaving such a confidence building comment! I appreciate your words. Maybe one of these days I'll be brave and do a reading here. Thank you for the great suggestion.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

I never seen the basics of human nature be defined in a more beautiful fashion....

Awe-inspiring work my friend... Awe -inspiring

Each word... its timing and placement in perfect fashion ... enough to weave something masterclassy ...

Hat's off


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

Rahul, Your words leave me extraordinarily happy, elated...beyond words really...a rare occurrence.

You, my friend, not only know how to create showstopping poetry, but you've written the most beautiful words I could ever imagine regarding my creation. Your message leaves me honored, inspired, and motivated to become the best writer I can possibly be. And, I can't imagine any journey more exciting or satisfying.

Thank you


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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

Amy!! I love your work always. Very good use of alliteration in that first stanza. You know I always love reading that. You continue to deliver. Good work. :)


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

Aubrey, I never write a line of alliteration where I don't think of you, my friend. You got me hooked on this form of expression. I am thrilled that you like this piece. Thank you for your visit, words and support. You are a source of inspiration and make me want to be the best writer I can be. The journey is a blast!


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damian0000 3 years ago from Belfast

I love this piece Amy... I was drawn to the title at first, so evocative... but then found so much extra to enjoy about it.

The theme of journey seems to run consistently through your work but here we have the imagery of different kinds of journey.... the gentle flow of the river, the plane moving serenely across the sky and the continuous revolving of the earth.

Set against this we have the threat (or is it the promise?) of impact... the breaking of the mould and a new beginning...

So is impact in this case positive or negative.... ?

.... two routes of polar opposites for us to choose between.

I love the ambiguity and the fact that we are left to draw our own interpretations.

I also love the economy of words and imagery ---

# Hiding decadent daydreams behind my dark shades #

---- for want of a better expression... Bang! You are really on the money with this one, you nailed this one --- not just writing words but painting pictures :-)

Brilliant work... up and awesome!!


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

Your comment tells me that you and I think alike in some respects, Damian, which I ascertain from your profound observations regarding the duality of 'impact.' Your statement made me stop, get a cup of joe to shake the fog free, come back, revisit my piece and then your comment again.

I am my mother's daughter and by nature, introspective, analytical, deliberate, reserved and often reticent. Though I feel your question is rhetorical, you lit on the meat of the matter, so to speak. Most of us like to feel we have some modicum of control in our lives. Sometimes we do and sometimes life throws us circumstantial situations beyond our reach. I've found, ironically, that the best and worst experiences are in the element of surprise...the unexpected, the unknown. There and then, when we stand on the brink we brace for impact, hoping to land on a rainbow. Sometimes we do, or at least, think we have! Sometimes not. Time will tell. Like you so perfectly say, "we are left to draw our own interpretations."

I adore your brilliant commentary, Damian. You make me think. It doesn't get better than that.

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