Castaway the Past

Crisscrossed cobwebs in the closet convene

Choking acuity obscured in a smoky screen

Black dress danced dirty to steal the scene

Castaway the past on a canvas that's clean

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Mischievous beret caps a sway of artistic lean

Mixed metaphors that masqued meanings unseen

Throw caution to the wind blowing past citrine

Castaway the past on a canvas that's clean

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Conformity felt easy though defiance fit the gene

Muddied colors coalesced to darken truth's sheen

New dimensions evolved on a pure palette's preen

Castaway the past on a canvas that's clean

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Full frontal fearless stands to face the unforeseen

Stark beauty in the naked truth borders on obscene

Where nothing is impossible when all is clearly seen

Castaway the past on a canvas that's clean

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

It always seems easier to conform to a situation or relationship even though we have the desire to be different. This action causes a confusion in our mind and makes it hard to know the truth. Eventually though, when we exit this place, the truth shows us a new path.


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

Dear sweet Mark, Thank you so much for letting me know that you, without a doubt, understand exactly, "precisely", what I was trying to say. Do you like it?


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Where is the light Amy? Does it shine from the situation or does it shine from your heart? I have always believed that I have to follow the light because for me, the light is truth. The light does not change in any way; there has always been truth and no matter how hard people try to change it, it still is!

So, where is the light?

I mentioned you (not by name) in my heroes hub two days ago. I wonder if you saw yourself in it.

love always,

bill


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Like all of your works Amy, I love it, enjoy it and look forward to every new work of yours!

Particularly this:

Mischievous beret caps a sway of artistic lean

Mixed metaphors that masqued meanings unseen

Throw caution to the wind blowing past citrine

Castaway the past on a canvas that's clean


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

I initially missed your "Heroes" hub, but found it and left a comment for you, Bill. Yes, I recognized my story and I thank you for including me in one of your most uplifting and inspirational pieces.

It's funny you ask about the light, Bill. Yes, truth is the light. When I stopped being who I thought everyone wanted me to be, just these last 2 years quite honestly, I found myself and see the light in the truth. I think that part of my journey was for that purpose. It took bringing me down to a level I'd never seen before, with little left to lose, for me to just get real. I'll never go back. I spent all my time trying to satisfy everyone but me. Hell, I had no idea who I was other than confused. Because I was born willful and stubborn, there was nothing or no one who would ever be able to change my mind. This is a fact I freely admit, Bill. Seriously. I thought I had to be a chameleon in order to succeed, because success for me meant pleasing everyone. It can be done, but at an enormous cost in personal awareness, self-esteem and both mental and physical health. I now understand that I have value. It is not arbituary or a fluke. It is real and it is fact, irrespective of someone else's opinion. The truth has truly, set me free. Thank you, my friend, for listening and caring.


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

Thank you for indulging me, Mark. I'm bolder than I use to be. I asked you, because it matters to me. I appreciate your kindness in leaving me a message that helps me enormously. When I'm writing, I'm in the zone. I worry that, although I know what I'm trying to say, I've gone off the deep end and frantically treading water by myself. In knowing what a gifted writer finds interesting, poetic or relatable, I gain insight. Thank you for the gift of your time and care, Mark. Love sent to you, my Cali friend.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Your talent for this is increasing with each Hub, from a high standard, to a higher. Impressive.


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

Your words of encouragement and support, Perspycacious, are a source of inspiration and motivation that keeps me trying for better. Thank you


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well basically Amy no one writes quite like this - you have a style all of your own which is the ultimate compliment from the epi-man as he also has a style all of his own. Maria and I were comparing/sharing notes this morning on your writing style as well and we both agreed that it takes at least 2 or 3 re-reads of each work in order to decipher the message properly and because Maria (believe me I am not kidding) is the foremost Bob Dylan freak in the entire world she is giving you well deserved accolades in terms of the master songwriter himself.

Yes Amy you are a master poetic priestess who conjures up a magical spell in each of your soulful profound concoctions - and from the look of your hub menu I want to 'order' one of each of your hub poems , sit back , relax and read them all over again ......searching for new clues and hidden meanings .... and it's the great writers who always serve that unbeatable combination on our plates for us to digest and savor.

lake erie time 3:43pm


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

I am incredulously honored, Mister C, that you and Maria would get your fine minds together over my poetry! You and Maria have given me the ultimate compliment. I remember that Maria and I share a mutual admiration society for Bob Dylan. He is one of the finest poet I had the pleasure of enjoying. I've always contended I would like to meet him before I die, and as long as he and I are still breathing, there's always a possibility, although I won't hold my breath. I have to admit I love your poetic, visually stunning "master poetic priestess" title. Undeserved, but nevertheless, I am only human and that, Mister C, is too hard to resist. Thank you for the beautiful gifts of inspiration and caring that you bring me, Mister C. You make me so happy to be here.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Well let me come in here and tell you that this is another piece that rocks the truth to the frontal lobe in a way that you see the deceit all around, you could conform but you are you and nobody can change your need for a clean canvas. The video was exactly what made this so daring and the need to fight the many who seek to change you, thus, the cobwebs in the closet, tempations that seek to darken truth's sheen. I hope i am not out on cloud nine. I reread three times and each time i came to a different conclusion. I love to try to decipher your poetry. I love it..Thank you Amy..


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

Ruby, You got it, girl, especially the part about how I "could conform, but you are you"...well, you got it all right on...the cobwebs in the closet...damn, Ruby, you're too good at unraveling the pieces of the puzzle. I'm going to have to raise the bar up a few notches...but, truth is, I'm so glad you find it fun to decipher my work, 'cause I have a blast creating it! Love you, Ruby Tuesday


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Just wonderful. We should never dwell in what has been but always look forward to a better tomorrow. Just leave the most precious memories in our minds and hearts. Loved this.


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

Exactly, Gypsy! There are lessons to be learned from our mistakes, and revisiting is sometimes part of the journey, but I've gotten stuck in the mud, when it's time to move forward. Our memories are part of us, the good and bad, but playing the same film over and over leaves no surprises, nothing to anticipate and no new lessons to learn. It's stagnating, boring and depressing. Life is constantly moving and sometimes it's time to take stock, start a fresh canvas and paint a picture from a different viewpoint. Thank you, Gypsy, for your thought-provoking words. You are an inspiration.

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