Can't Hide

Pattern in the print you wear brings visuals into play

More than a fashion statement, speaks volumes you don't say

Like footprints in the sand and the way in which you sway

Can't hide in the patterns, your secrets they betray

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Like a photograph that catches a moment of your day

Geometrics that confuse the eye on the fabric you display

Colors of design focus on the face you give away

Can't hide in the patterns, your secrets they betray

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Contrived choices reflect a mood in subtle shades of gray

A blurred picture that glimpses the image you convey

Hidden in a coat with tales is the nature of your cache

Can't hide in the patterns, your secrets they betray

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Like the perfume of an impression you wish to portray

Conceal the scent of reality with a mixed up bouquet

Hidden in the pocket of your sweet, deceptive sachet

Can't hide in the patterns, your secrets they betray

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Evidence in the design of a cloak meant to defray

The cost of lies is heavy with damages to repay

Set in stone, still alone, you fill empty jars of clay

Can't hide in the patterns, your secrets they betray

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Very well done...tightly coordinated with perfect themes all centered on the message of how our actions betray our words. Why do I get the feeling that you have lived this scenario...maybe because it speaks such truth. WB


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy, when I want to cut through the bullshit of the day, when I want a dose of reality and truth, I know I can always count on you. I run out of words to describe how beautiful your work is. You are a joy to know and it is an honor to have you as a friend.


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

Wayne, we've all lived through some degree of deceptive persuasions and eventually, maybe not right away, we realize we were conned. In the past, I was too ready to apply the benefit of a doubt. Now, I've been impacted enough, I choose to error on the side of caution and follow my gut. It usually doesn't deceive me. Thank you for giving me some of your time. I am glad you found it worthwhile.


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

Bill, I think I'm like my dad, I listen and watch more than I talk. Observing quietly teaches me far more than running my mouth. It seems the "fast talkers" spend a lot of time saying nothing. The first time I heard the phrase "Run silent, run deep", it was from the orthodontist that hired me. At first, I thought he was implying I was hiding something. But, I came to understand, he was reiterating exactly how I navigate through the world. If I was a fast-talker, I'd be exhausted!

Thank you for your fantastic words to be. I feel the same way about you, my kind friend.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow I agree with Bill this is an awesome piece of art.. and the video.. You are great poet.

sharing

Debbie


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

Thank you, Debbie, from one poet to another.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well Amy you are on fire these days - like your buddy Epi- lol - a true blue writing machine and force of nature you are - and as always your poetic gems are layered with density and profound thoughts - perfect for your readers who enjoy a 'cerebral' read - sending my thoughts out to Mac as I think of him 'everyday' and of course the only lady in the world who can still OUT-STAHL the STAHL - lake erie time 12:19am


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Your poetry is amazingly moving and truthful. Up and always so awesome.


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

And, I say the same about you, Pop, amazing, moving, truthful and beyond awesome.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Thank you, Amy.....


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

Colin, I thought about our mutual "Stahl" admiration society when I put together "Put the Clock on Stall"!!! Of course, the piece was not related to Ms. Stahl, but I thought about that. Thank you, Mr. C. I'll take cerebral over just about any other complement, esp when "Stahl" is mentioned in the same sentence.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

When I read your beautiful poetry, Amy, layered with emotion and tempered with reality, I can't help but think of that once popular slogan, 'You've come a long way, baby."

I am honored to be a loyal follower and friend.


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

I'm like a kid at Christmas when my email pops up notifying me of something from drbj! You have inspired me to always keep trying, reach further, and never give up. Thank you my dear friend.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Great and creative. You never know what lies around the next bend and what deceptive "truths" you might uncover.


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

True, Gypsy. In the beginning, when you don't, everything is a puzzle. But, eventually, there is predictability in patterns of behavior that surface in people after you get to know them. It doesn't take long, despite efforts to camouflage, to see the truth.


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Amy, firstly, there was no choice but to vote up- beautiful and interesting! So am done. The theme is so close to my heart, and the treatment of the theme has been done so wonderfully, the lyricism and the mood all synchronized, I find this a perfect specimen of craftsmanship. I find poetry a very difficult craft, and a lot to learn from such seemingly effortless work like yours or Epis. Sharing it too...others must find it.


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

Dear sen.sush, Your message means the world to me. Thank you for giving me the gift of your touching words.


klarawieck 4 years ago

Amy, Epigramman brought you to my attention and... boy, am I glad he did! What an amazing and powerful poem! You paint an intense image with your words, which sound like lyrics of a great song. I'm a songwriter and musician, so I feel confident in telling you this. It is music! Absolutely beautiful music. Great job!


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

klarawieck, Your words are music to my ears. I wish I had musical talent and I would try to put some of my poetry to song. I am grateful for your visit and I'm so happy you feel the beat! Thank you


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Like epi says you truly are on fire these days. The theme of betrayal, falsehood and lies and your fiery tirade against them continues. Your poetry has the power to strip away pretentious b*s* and get to the raw reality of the truth. As usual, Bravo!


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

Thank you, Docmo. I suppose I'm on an "honesty" kick these days. Facing my MacGregor's terminal illness kind of boils things down to the basics for me. I've reached an age where bullshit is intolerable, meaningless drivel that is too time-consuming to entertain. I know you must see this in your medical practice on a daily basis. Pain and loss gets down to the marrow of life. Thank you for a beautiful statement that tells me you understand perfectly.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I hate to say this but i hope you don't calm down too soon. I love your truthfulness. I love the way you can end each line with the same words and the inpact is clear. I hope MacGregor is better, please don't give up hope, as a nurse i've seen miracles..Hugs my friend


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

Dear Ruby, I worry that you might think I'm a crazy person with anger management issues! Actually, its great therapy to be able to say what I really think. Otherwise, I'd implode, or more likely, explode. So, thank you, my friend, for letting me know it's o.k.

I had a stressful day today. As I was leaving my mom's yesterday after helping her with grocery shopping, she showed me her leg. She managed to get a tick bite and the "bulls-eye rash" didn't look good. She thought it was just a reaction to the bite, but I know personally about Lyme disease, since my daughter had it years ago, was inadequately treated by her doctor, and still suffers from residual effects. I asked my mother to please call her doctor, make an appt and I would take her. I was gone from MacGregor from 3 to 7 p.m. But, the trip proved to be the right thing to do as she does have Lyme. We stopped to pick up her Rx in the midst of rush-hour traffic. I added the 10-day, twice a day antibiotic to the daily med sheets I make up for her to keep track of what she must take. It is discouraging to see her struggle to simply add another short-term medication to her list of daily doses. I wish she could see that she is lucky to have no financial difficulties and can afford her doctor visits and medications. OCD makes her a difficult patient. During the doctor visit, she asked if she could take pepto bismol with the doxycycline and the doctor advised "no" as it would negatively affect the absorption of the drug. When we were going home, she said "shoot, I forgot to ask the doctor if I could take Pepto with the medication. I reminded her that she had and what he advised. She had no recollection of the conversation. I believe sooner rather than later, she will no longer be able to live on her own. I am struggling to let go of the animosity I feel over her refusal to allow Mac into her home. My 40-minute trip just to her home, especially with the anxiety I feel at leaving him alone now, is very difficult for me. As a nurse, Ruby, I'm sure you have heard these dilemmas many times. I am hoping I can hang in there. It's 10 p.m. and I am going to leave to pick up Mac's medications that I wasn't able to earlier. Luckily, the clinic is open 24/7. Thank God for small favors. Hugs to you, Ruby. And, thank you for listening.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh Amy, What can i say to help you feel better? My Mother suffered a stroke. I brought her into my home. My home was so disrupted, My son couldn' t even listen to the TV. She wouls scream, " Shut that thing off " I finally had to put her in a home, which broke my heart. Getting old is hell, but if i had it to do over i would have kept her in my home. She passed away in a few short months. Just pray for patience. The time passes so fast. Cheers my friend. I have you in my prayers. I still believe in prayer..


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

Thank you, Ruby. I feel very sorry for my mom, although I do still get surprised, as this situation, still relatively new, keeps changing. It seems to be considerably rapidly progressive and my mom is afraid of the changes that she is aware of. The combination of OCD and dementia is maddening for her, as she can't leave anything alone and is unable to adapt to change. Even though we are now in the midst of record breaking hot temperatures, I don't think she will stay inside. In fact, she only turns the a/c on at night and cost is not the issue. She doesn't want me and my dog staying with her, she doesn't like living in her home anymore, but she doesn't want to accept any alternatives. I feel at a loss to help her. The tick bite she got was due to her obsession with the yard. Although, she pays some well trusted, reliable workers to take care of the yardwork, she went down to the now dried up pond where there is a woodpile with snakes, ticks, fleas and who knows what. She used to "keep it neat" by picking up branches, etc. She is no longer physically able to do the work and there is really no need. It looks natural and beautiful and is of no consequence to anyone. Before her heart surgery a year ago, she insisted on dragging a big branch down to the woodpile during a triple digit day and passed out, coming to but unable to catch her breath, and had to crawl on her hands and knees up the hill to the house. She remembers the incident, yet continues to take chances. I absolutely don't believe she would live long in a nursing home as her level of confusion would be so so frightening and stressful. So, I do my best without being intrusive, but there will be a time when mom won't be able to live alone. One day at a time. Dementia is hideous, in it leaves victims confused, hopeless and unable to enjoy what life is left. Thank you for your prayers, Ruby. You help me to feel less alone.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

"Like the perfume of an impression you wish to portray

Conceal the scent of reality with a mixed up bouquet

Hidden in the pocket of your sweet, deceptive sachet

Can't hide in the patterns, your secrets they betray"

A very very... excellent poem.... brilliant on the craft.. flawless on the technique... vivid imagery ...

On a personal note... If something stresses you my friend... we can talk.. :)

Epic Poem


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shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

this was a really beautiful poem

i must say i have not read such an awesome poem since days

thank you for sharing it


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This hits close to home Amy, I lived with a woman that lives her life in denial and betrayal. I absolutely love your way of saying these things!


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

Dear sweet Rahul, I am soaring above the clouds after reading your words to me. I consider you one of the most creatively profound of the modern day poets. I would love to enlist your help as I compile the choices I need to make for self-publishing my book of poetry. Thank you for sharing this piece and for the courage you give me with your words.


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

Thank you so much, Shalini, for your awesome words. Your message brings joy to the meaning of my purpose in writing.


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

I am glad that you found this piece relatable, Mark, although, unfortunately, experiencing those patterns is a self-defeating, destructive pathway to unhappiness. Thank you for the confidence and happiness your words give me.


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creativeone59 4 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

That was an awesome poem, Amy, you did a wondserful job on your wording. I'm also a member of hubpages. You can find me at www.hubpages.com/creativeone59 Godspeed. Faye


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

Thank you, Faye, for leaving me an awesome, inspiring comment. I'll look you up here at the hub. Glad to meet you.

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