Complexity on the Canvas

Complexity sits tense on the canvas where I erase a sketch askew

Failing to capture the strength you stand as subtle shades unglue

Truncated linear lines of a gentleman with an angry point of view

While the colors collapse on my canvas, surrendering to you

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Enlist old photos that grace your honor uniformed in World War II

Saw sweet irony in a good man who could not abide a church pew

Calloused hands sculpted the poetry of the stone love we knew

While the colors collapse on my canvas, surrendering to you

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A soft stalwart moon bathes the fabric in the light of your hue

While the flamboyant sun shied behind clouds to blush in lieu

And Narcissus lost face as you looked away from false to true

While the colors collapse on my canvas, surrendering to you

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Quietly a rare facet catches a glint from deep eyes I pass through

Guardian angel on winged winds whisper love beyond mortal rue

Earthbound no longer, surreal holds the picture now absent a clue

While the colors collapse on my canvas, surrendering to you

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Steadfast memories live timeless beyond the years faded tattoo

Diamonds lay on the ground you nurtured where I once grew

Precious spirit of inconceivable beauty holds the hands that drew

As the colors collapse on my canvas, surrendering to you

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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Good golly Miss Molly - "while the colors collapse on my canvas, surrendering to you". Seriously? What a line. Amy, I swear, I read your poems and they leave me speechless. I feel like an absolute idiot trying to make a comment in my simplistic language. Voted up, awesome, beautiful! And,sharing! Email coming soon too.


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

Oh, I'm loving the "Good golly Miss Molly!" There is nothing simplistic about you, Linda. I think, maybe I need to cultivate a new hobby, as my references to painting are beginning to wear thin in color choices. I suppose we write from what we know, so I'm the simplistic one, my friend. Thank you for your delicious comment, Linda, and esp your support and friendship.


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Amy, at the age of 50, my brother started painting after visiting an art gallery in North Carolina. The artist (I don't remember his name) called himself an interactive painter. He has a studio that allows him to "sling" paint anywhere. He sets up a canvas, puts on some music and throws paint at the canvas as the music moves him. His work (although abstract) is amazing. My brother was impressed that he came home and set up a studio where he could do the same. He is now doing some beautiful mixed media pieces that result in amazing textures and colors. I am so proud of him. He is also starting to do some landscapes. Proper dimensions are his challenge at the moment but still, I am so proud. If you are bored, maybe try a new approach outside your box. Just a thought.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Let me join Linda in saying that any comment my feeble mind can come up with just does not do this work justice! I read one stanza from you and I'm left wondering how that is possible? How does this woman manage to capture so much with so few words? How does she create images that are so vivid with mere words?

That's enough. I'll only embarrass myself if I try harder to tell you how beautiful your work is.

love from Oly,

bill


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krillco 4 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

what a powerful piece; thank you


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

That's an amazing story, Linda, and thank you for sharing it with me. I actually love painting, as each painting teaches me something new. I doubt I will ever be bored. I just don't want to become so predictable that I bore my readers! You're brother must have his own space to be able to "fling" paint! I think my landlord might object. LOL


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

An emotional rendering of the past and present in conjunction, as one and the same.You have painted an expressive and emotionally charged poem of life.

This is a very excellent work that you have presented and well received, Amy. Thanks for sharing it, whonu.


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

Hey, don't you call my friend, Bill, feeble-minded...ever! Only a feeble mind would be unable to see his brilliance.

I am so honored, Bill, that you read my poetry and support me with so much loyalty. Your generous comments make me feel on top of the world. Sending you my love from St. Lou


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

Krillco, Thank you for reading my piece and leaving an awesome, confidence-inspiring comment.


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

Dear whonu, I always appreciate seeing you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your very beautiful words. You made my day, my friend.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

For me, Amy, this may have been one of the most beautiful but also complicated examples of your peerless poetic skill to decipher. But it is also one of the most interesting because it's much like a mystery with clues for the reader to unravel. Here are the clues I'm referring to:

' ... a gentleman with an angry point of view

uniformed in World War II

good man who could not abide a church pew

the stone love we knew

a glint from deep eyes I pass through

Guardian angel on winged winds whisper love beyond mortal rue

Steadfast memories live timeless ...'

My conclusion: a tribute to your dad ('World War II') who may not have been overt in expressing his emotions ('stone love') but still remains your ('Guardian angel') who loves you.

Was I close? Two Bravas for this one, m'luv.


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

Close, drbj? You hit the bulls-eye dead center, on the mark, to the letter! Do you know what a gift you just gave me, dear drbj? You just told me that I described what I knew about my father, not just a hint, mind you, but you caught every nuance. And, for me, reading it as you see it, lets me know that I expressed what I knew, as I saw and still see my father. And, as you see, that the most important thing is that I know he loved and still loves me. You've made me as happy as the kid I once was at Christmas time. Merry Christmas to you, my friend, and thank you.


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epigramman 4 years ago

....okay everybody hold your breath it's epi time and they just let loose this wild thing out of his cage early at work because I was making obsence gestures with my bananas and chanting AMY AMY AMY AMY AMY .

So the boss came out of his office, unlocked my cage and said Scram you big hairy ape like Charlton Heston in Plant of the Apes.

Here me is now to give Amy a brand new top ten for probably writing his best piece yet - high aclaim I would say since I said that about her piece from two days ago.

Ten Artists/Writers who have been made very nervous/intimidated by Amy B's poetic prowess:

1. Hunter S. Thompson just took more drugs

2. Dylan Thomas certainly drank more

3. Michelangelo ended up painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Amy's bathroom

4. Slyvia Path lived to see another day - another week - another year - and another poem by Amy

5. Leonardo da Vinci included Amy in his Last Supper -and she wasn't one of the boys she was her own woman

6. Andy Warhol replaced his superstar Edie Sedgwick with a newcomer: Miss Amy

7. J.K. Rowling thought she knew about magic with Harry Potter - but she didn't realize how really magical it could be until she read Amy

8. William Buckley Jr. has been known to use big words in his time during tv debates and discussions but after reading Amy he went back to day care and started all over again with the alphabet building blocks

9. Early man and early woman saw the writing on the wall millions of years ago when they first grasped a new language in order to communicate their artistic thoughts and tell stories around the fire at night. It was later analyzed by scholars and given the proper literary name of - Bechererism.

10. NASA in one last attempt to have a close encounter with a higher form of intelligence and grace sent a time capsule into space containing the works of Amy and it was intercepted by a highly enlightened plant known as Bacharach of Burt - and the entire galaxy all joined in to save earth from war and hunger with a group galaxy hug and a rendition of "What the world needs now is love sweet love"

lake erie time 2:30am

In the United Nations of Words, Amy, they are your best friends and behave like excited little children screaming "Pick me Amy, pick me " and the words of this world are very lucky indeed to be in your awesome company.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I can see you looking at your dad in his uniform and remembering how much you loved him and how much he loved you. You gave us a perfect picture of a man who didn't care much for a church pew, faded tattoo, strong/ stone calloused hands and would only speak truth. I loved this Amy. You have such a beautiful gift. Hugs from Il.


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

Oh, Colin, If I had half your imagination, I would respond to your exuberant, vivacious, "of cinematic proportion", epic words with equally witty repartee. Though I am no shrinking violet, alas, I know I am no match, so at the risk of being boring, I will say in all sincerity, that your list blows me away, incorporating your vast expanse of interests; music, cinema, and all the arts and lighting up my space with your special brand of magic. That magic out trumps my poetry by a landslide, Mister C. It is no wonder you are Poet Laureate two years running! You are an inspiration to me, my brilliant friend. Thank you for your encouragement. You make me brave, you crazy diamond!


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

Dearest Ruby, I just realized you live in Illinois!!! Someday I hope we can meet. I would love that.

Thank you for your deep understanding of this piece, my friend. My dad was my mentor and my hero. There will never be another like him. My mom misses him each and every day. He was a quiet man whose actions spoke volumes. Sending love from me to you, sweet Ruby.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. Your poetry paints images like upon a canvas. I agree with Ruby a great tribute to your dad and your love for him. Loved this and the video. Passing this on.


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

Thank you so much, Gypsy. I love your beautiful comment and I appreciate your generous support in passing this on. Bless you, my friend.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Magnificent, Amy. This is my favorite:

“Steadfast memories live timeless beyond the years faded tattoo

Diamonds lay on the ground you nurtured where I once grew

Precious spirit of inconceivable beauty holds the hands that drew

As the colors collapse on my canvas, surrendering to you.”

This goes beyond fertile imagination; it is art with a life, breath and energy all its own…it reclaims that which was unknown, and gives us a glimpse into new realities and possibilities. This is art! Hugs, dear friend. :-)


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

Your words, Genna, fuel my fire to keep thinking, keep visualizing and keep writing. It's uncanny how seeing the words written out by you gives me a different perspective on how they read, as if I'd not seen them before. Though I still have the advantage of knowing what inspired my words, seeing them in your comment offers me a gift with the element of surprise, giving the words a whole new angle! Calling my work art is the star on top of the tree. Thank you so much, Genna. You've enlightened me and broadened my horizons. Merry Christmas, my friend.


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

Wonderful words - the artist in me gravitated toward the idea of the "canvas" - what a great way to capture the meaning of your poem. :)


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

Thank you, cclitgirl. I am a painter, too, so I think along those lines. Your visit and comment made my day!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

A wonderful tribute to your dad, Amy, and to the idea that if we surrender our lives to the one above and our Guardian Angels, all will be well. Thanks for sharing!! I share as well.


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

Thank you, Midge. Actually, when I wrote this it was after trying to capture my dad's face on canvas. I found it impossible to do. As I thought about him, in retrospect, the fine qualities of his personhood, made painting him just a superficial exercise that didn't really capture the man, my father. So, metaphorically, it was the colors on the canvas that failed to express what I knew about my dad...that the canvas couldn't ever show the depth and beauty of his complexity and surrendered, only meaning any canvas I tried to paint with my dad as the subject would be lacking his greatest quality...the complexity and richness of his character. I appreciate your visit and support of this tribute to my dad, Midge. Thank you, my friend.


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swati17 3 years ago from India

Love the way this poem of yours has painted it's hues on the canvas of hubpages!!!! beauty !!! voted up!


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

Thank you so much, dear Swati! I love your poetic comment. Bless you, my friend.

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