Cracked Up to Be

An outsider in the world, I live deep inside of me

Too quiet, an anomaly, profess those who cannot see

Unblinking glow of cats-eyes perceive pretending is key

Fairy tales ain't always what they're cracked up to be


Painted pastel princess a pretty pink pleasing potpourri

Cocoon wraps a butterfly caught in a web she can't free

Comes down her hair a postured pose grants desires plea

Fairy tales ain't always what they're cracked up to be


Little prince arrives snow white with malice a stillborn absentee

By the king's cruel ruler, lessons bequeathed of the family tree

Teased puppy dogs turned misogynistic eyes that desire she

Because fairy tales ain't always what they're cracked up to be


While Mother Nature's gentle hands guide each seed to destiny

Fulfilled promises flown on wind's wings in a whispered decree

Trust forged, no need of words to break a branch into trail's debris

Knowing fairy tales ain't always what they're cracked up to be


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well you are everything that a truly great writer 'is cracked up to be'...... you make words come alive with zest and vitality - and you are the foremost practitioner of a new poetic language.

The first line -"An outsider in the world, I live deep inside of me"

is one of the most personal lines you have ever written.

And your intimate wordplay always combines the right balance of intellect and emotion - you make your readers think but you also make them feel .... so for this poetic gem I will rename you - Amy Joni Mitchell - you belong in the same pedigree as 'she' - I found this piece to be one of your most personal so far - but it's the uncanny brilliant way you put those words together which always blows the Epi-man's mind ......

lake erie time 3:22am

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epigramman 4 years ago

.....and just to add to this Amy at lake erie time 9:47am upon waking up and having my first cup of Nabob coffee on a wild and windy day here by the lake .......

"your writing dazzles like Jeff Beck's guitar playing ....."

and any music lover will tell you that Jeff Beck is the consummate guitar; an absolute god at his craft and all you have to do is go to You Tube and watch/listen to this man play - hence your new name -

Amy Dazzle -

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

...well, you've totally dazzled me, Mister C. I had to have my first cup of Starbucks and re-read your words to revel in their full impact. And, as if to reiterate my feeling of awe in reading your comments, my DSL red light goes on in order to gather it's composure and restart. This has now become a predictable phenomena with each comment you leave.

To be compared or even be mentioned on the same line with the talent of musical genius, Jeff Beck, is incomprehensible to me. Thank you and today I will revisit his music on YouTube for a refresher course on an otherworldly guitar artist.

And, yes, Mister C, the first stanza is very personal. Me mum tells the

story that even as a baby, I never cried. The visiting relatives insisted there was something wrong with me; that perhaps I was mentally handicapped. The pediatrician told my mother I was perfectly normal and he would continue to be my doctor only under the condition that my mother ignore the relatives and listen to him. My natural tendency remains more introspective than extroverted. I observe more than I talk. It takes awhile for me to really trust. I am selective with whom I share, yet I am friendly. I give the benefit of a doubt, but back off when I doubt. I call that normal.

Thank you, Colin, for making me feel more than normal. I am over the moon, where I'll stay awhile to mull over your sublime words to me. You've given me the gift of the start of a beautiful day. Shine on, you crazy diamond, my friend, the one and only, Mister C.

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Kindred Spirits for sure Amy, The world lived in, the reality experienced comes from spirit and that my friend is what you have.

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

Dear Mark, Thank you for leaving me such a beautiful comment that I say is exactly how I see you.

I have to tell you, Mark, I got some excellent welcome news from Shire Pharmaceuticals regarding my Pentasa prescription medication. I got a letter from them, after I called the doctors office AGAIN to have them send the necessary info to acquire my meds at a reduced cost. Two days later, I got a letter stating I had been approved to received my meds for FREE for a year, with the ability to renew next year with a signature from the doctor, if my financial circumstances remain the same. Two-days later, FedEx delivered my first 90-day supply at no cost to me. Honesty and perserverence (it took me a year) paid off with the medication that not only helps my autoimmune disease but my peace of mind. I just wanted to share my good news with you, my kindred spirit.

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

It seems to be the case that writers are a "outsiders in the world." But good wrting brings the world to life and you prove that here again.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

And here I have always believed Clapton to be the ultimate guitar players....I will have to compare you to Eric rather than Jeff, but the compliment is the same.

I no longer rush to read your poems; I would rather they age before I dive into them headfirst....and when I am done I am gasping for breath as I break the surface.

The beauty continues!


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

Aside from your magnificent poetry, xstatic, I see the soul of a poet in your understanding vision. You are, beyond a shadow of a doubt, correct in your assessment regarding writers. An eccentric view makes for an interesting picture in any artistic venue. Thank you for saying that so beautifully, my poetic friend.

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

Dear Bill, I went to YouTube and then a website where I read some history on Jeff Beck. One of the notable facts is that he played along side Eric Clapton on occasion. Obviously, they are both extraordinary guitar artists and musical geniuses. To be compared to either in my poetry endeavors is far more than I deserve, yet I must be honest and tell you that it motivates me to keep creating, to strive for the outer limits, which have no limits. I am a work in progress and will be until the day I die. At that point, I hope eternity brings me half the happiness that writing does, because that truly would be heaven without earthbound constraints.

Have you ever tried poetry, Bill? You write so well and I can see from your beautiful comments that you have a poet's soul. Maybe in your spare time, eh? LOL Thank you for your kind words, my friend.

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Fairy tales can sometimes blossom into something you have never imagined possible. The trick is to step out on that limb and take a risk. Risk and reward are often intertwined.

The Frog Prince

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

Food for thought, Frog Prince. Everything good comes with some risk, as you so perfectly state. Thank you for reading this, Prince, and thank you for your thoughts.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

When we are very young, many of us believe in fairy tales.

With a handsome prince who will ride up on his white horse.

As we get older our view of those early stories often pales,

As we realize fairy tales ain't really for real, of course!

Your remarkable poetry, dear Amy, inspired me to verse.

But don't be upset, my rhyming could have been much worse. :)

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

Your off the cuff poetry, drbj, amazes me just like your brilliant mind never ceases to amaze me. The truth is that I am in awe of you. A visit from you with words that encourage and motivate me, whether they rhyme or not, are an honor. Thank you, my friend, because you make me feel courageous and daring and give me the sense that nothing is impossible!

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

I really like this one, Amy. I can really relate to this one. "Fairy tales aren't what they are cracked up to be." How true! I have had some fairy tales turn sour. Again, your images are so great. "Unblinking glow of cats-eyes perceive pretending is key," Wow! Your poetry just gets me in the heart and soul, Amy. I wish I could emote poetically as you do - I tend to hold hurtful things inside, but I guess they come out differently in me - usually through short stories. That is more my genre than poetry. I also love the choice of song, "Over the Rainbow" How fitting!

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

Thank you, Suzette. It's funny, because I never considered poetry as my kind of artform. In fact, I wasn't a fan at all until I started reading some selections here. Now, when I think about a moment or someone that changed me in some way, it runs through my mind like poetry. I feel confused a lot in life, actually, but when I put my feelings and thoughts into poetry, it somehow clarifies things for me. I am so extremely happy to hear that my words might have meaning to another. To hear you say that my poetry "just gets you in the heart and soul", Suzette, makes me feel I reached heaven. Thank you so much, my dear friend. Your are a lifeline.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Made me think too bad real life isn't all it's cracked up to be and I wish there could be a fairy tale word we could retreat to . Loved the video.

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

Right on, Gypsy girl. I'm sure your thinking is why fairytales have been and will always be so popular. Thank you for your visit and awesome comment, my friend.

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kathryn1000 4 years ago from London

A really beautiful poem.I enjoyed reading it.

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

Thank you so much, Kathryn, for stopping by and leaving me a wonderful comment. I appreciate the support of such a fantastic fellow poet as yourself.

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kathryn1000 4 years ago from London

You are a very good writer and an interesting person,Amy.

Best wishes for a good weekend,Kathryn.

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

Thank you so much, Kathryn, and word for word, the same to you!

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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

Always awesome Amy. Thanks a lot for sharing this piece and it's very unique and understandable theme. You know I always love reading your work. I hope you're doing well and I'm so glad we're friends. :)

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

Your visit and awesome words just brightened up a gloomy, overcast, sleeting/rainy day here in St. Louis. I feel the same way about you, my friend, Aubrey, and hope you are doing well, too. Thank you for making my day warmer.

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