Dive in the Deep End

Wore a uniform to parochial school

Walked a straight line of majority rule

I watched human nature battle a dual

Dive in the deep end of the pool

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Abandon fancies the dance in tulle

It's only the baby allowed to drool

Time tips lightness in a shade cruel

Dive in the deep end of the pool

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Worked up a sweat to turn on cool

Steely muscle manufactures a tool

Engineered construction cut to fool

Dive in the deep end of the pool

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Counterfeit love in two-faced ghoul

Spin a web wove on a revolving spool

Too much too soon puts deceit to fuel

Dive in the deep end of the pool

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A vintage watch that works like a jewel

Old cowboy boots just need a retool

One man's vision is another's misrule

Dive in the deep end of the pool

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Sometimes life is but a dream, which is the reality then or now?


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

Reality is the present, the moment we are in. When I was a kid in catholic school, that uniform was my reality, like it or not. Life is always evolving. Even as an adult, I continue to change. If I get so old that I find change impossible, just shoot me, because, at that point, I will only be existing. If we are alive, we make choices and therefore, make mistakes and, hopefully learn from them. Good or bad, life is exciting and always new. Thanks, Mark. You make me think.


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epigramman 4 years ago

stop the presses!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You mean I am actually ahead of Billy the Buc - I don't fookin' believe it - lol lol - time to run out and buy a lottery ticket - giving Mister Billy a raspberry here - lol lol lol - so he is not the only one who sleeps outside Miss Becherer's hub door - for is it the epi-man too - lol lol - well Mister Buc of Billy let me just tell you that you have exquisite good taste dear kind Sir - and yes I would dive into Amy's deep end anyday and I can't swim - but with her fine fine poetry readings and her absolutely brilliant mind she always keeps my pointed head above the water with her souful words and her beautiful thoughts - Yes Amy I would wade into your waters just to be baptized by someone who always shows me the poetic light - lake erie timeless for you


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

Your last line, Colin, is one for the book of all-stars of stunning poetic expression. So, in an effort to not sully its beauty by saying something that might make you wished you'd not left it for me, I simply, sincerely state I am honored. Thank you, Mister C.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

"Old man's vision is another's misrule"....classic line....classic Amy!

Epi Man, you won this one, but I'll be back. Amy my dear, I will be the one preparing to shoot you if you decide that you cannot change.....life is incredible...the good and the bad...it is all part of a never-ending process of growth. I run no more...I stand up and face it all, and in the facing I have discovered who I truly am.

Thank you for your beauty!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Once again you amaze me. You are definitely the gift that keeps on giving. Voted up, beautiful and oh so awesome!


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

I remember my mom while I was growing up, at her happiest when she was involved in righting something she felt was wrong. Her life had purpose and she made a difference. Now, dementia controls her and she know no longer looks forward to the day. She spends most of her time now, frustrated by the difficulty in accomplishing what use to be incidental. Ironically sad, that she remembers. On her birthday yesterday, as we talked, I passionately told her about how much I love writing and painting. She said "I don't know where you get your creative talent." I was incredulous when I told her "from you, mom." We talked about the letters she'd written and the changes she accomplished as a result. She went to a folder she keeps with all of her correspondence and read one to me. Just remembering reignited the passion she once felt. It was beautiful. It's a moment I'll never forget.

Thank you, Bill.


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

Dearest Poppy, Once again, you give me a beautiful start to another day. Your words are the gift that keeps on giving me the motivation to keep on keepin' on. You give me the inspiration to keep reaching to be the best I can be. Thank you for being my friend.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...ah ha ..... my dear friend Mr. Buc of Billy and esteemed colleague that you are .....I know another way into Amy's heart, typo..... sorrry , tee hee, I meant I know another way into Amy's mancave, whoops, lol, sorry, that didn't sound right, well let's see I know another way into Amy's comment space here - I have found a back door entrance and let's see who is clever enough to make it here first the next time and hey don't forget to visit the epi-man too because I also write from the point of view of the feminine perspective if you are interested in that kind of thing ...... oh Amy I don't look at the lake anymore I just think of your poetry .


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

This poem, Amy, is not only exceptionally profound but perhaps prophetic as well. I am referring to your line: "One man's vision is another's misrule." I am thinking of the way our leader's almost four years in office are viewed by what appears to be a majority of the voters at present.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

drbj, that is an excellent point on the "leader's" and the misrule!


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....you are a poetic prophet who can out-Stahl the Stahl and out-Hilary the Clinton - your Canadian comrade in arms ......


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

My dearest drbj, I thought I was biting off more than I could chew, but, you understand and see the scope of what I was trying to pull off with this piece. I felt it was too jumbled and I am ecstatic that you see it. I adore your brilliant mind, my friend.


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epigramman 4 years ago

lets continue a brand new Epi- top ten ....

3. you can out - Cleo the 'patra'

4. you can out Oprah the Winfrey

5. you can 'mother' with the best of them - just ask Teresa

6. you can out Scarlett the Ohara

7. you saw the iceberg before the Titanic captain did

8. you were the plane that carried Amelia Earhart to safety

9. you can out savvy and out dance Madonna

10. you can out Mona the Lisa


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

Mark, the beautiful mind of drbj never ceases to amaze me. There is no end to her depth.


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

I'm just one miniscule speck in the universe and the realm of my prophetic prowess is that I would fall to pieces in the presence of any member of your eloquent, poetic Top Ten, Mister C! If I could out-stahl the Stahl (lol), I'd be raking in her financial status, although I admit, I love your enthusiasm, which outranks any mountain of money, and for that, Mister C, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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epigramman 4 years ago

... it's true what you say Amy but money still can't buy what you have: class, intelligence and lots of heart.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I can just never think of anything better than fantastic or I'd say it. If your mom is still able to read, there may be hope. Early on my mom stopped reading before the bad things, but maybe it is different for different ones. Just remember to not trust her with anyone supposed to rehabilitate her, that is the best advice I can give you. Always be there to see and don't believe what you are told. Sorry but been there and want to save anyone I can.


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

Dear Mister C, Thank you so much. I take your kind words to heart.


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

Dear Jackie, My mom is still living in her home with help from me. She has lived in her home for 50+ years and only under the most dire circumstances that made it impossible for her to stay there, would I consent to anything else. Her onset of memory problems and confusion began after bypass surgery one-year ago. I've found that keeping her stress level down, which isn't easy with OCD and dementia, improves her clarity. I do everything I can to try to buffer her stress. Thank you for sharing what you have personally learned through experience, Jackie. I will remember what you have told me.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Amy,' It takes a Village ' One of Hilary's most beautiful thoughts. If we, as a nation would work together and live together in peace, it could be like a little Village, everyone helping those in need. You are not alone in your thinking, many need to dive into the deep-end and come up with an enlightened attitude. Like your school uniforms, who wants to look like everyone else? We want to try something new. Who wants to live and die without swimming in both the shallow and deep-end? We need change..Loved your poetry..


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

Ruby, What a beautiful synopsis of how life could be! You summed it up perfectly. Peace is attainable, but it requires a sincere effort to work together. History tells us human nature has great difficulty doing that. Each person's will to survive seems to be at odds with compromise. We cut our noses off to spite our face. You'd think we'd find a way, but it's a vicious cycle that keeps spinning, each generation repeating the mistakes of the past. Sometimes I wonder if we don't overestimate our intellect. I'm beginning to see truth in the adage "money is the root of all evil." Thank you so much, my compassionate, intelligent friend.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Fantastic. Can't always tell reality from fantasy but I'm for fantasy all the time makes life more interesting. Liked you poem lots.


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

How true for all of us, Gypsy. I have a hard time somedays separating fact from fantasy on the news!!!! Especially the political news (lol). I appreciate your steadfast support and encouragement.

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