Don't Ask Why

He said, she said, that's a lie

The insanely jealous need not apply

And logic can't figure how to comply

Life is a mystery, don't ask why

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Saying yes to what you now deny

Blaming the other, once an ally

who loves to hate playing the bad guy

Life is a mystery, don't ask why

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Trust is lost with what you imply

Missing in action and gone awry

Rendering one in a need to fly

Life is a mystery, don't ask why

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More than a friend on whom you rely

Miles away though standing nearby

Silence is broken by despair in a sigh

Life is a mystery, don't ask why

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Seeing the absence through a glass eye

Hearing the emptiness in your reply

Feeling the grief of a final goodbye

Life is a mystery, don't ask why

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Don't ask why, dear Amy, just follow your dreams,

Life is a mystery and seldom what it seems.

In your one final poetic line, m'dear, you have summed up the philosophy of existentialism. Brava!


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Koshaugh 4 years ago from Indianapolis

Good poem! I especially like the last verse!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Just keep on going forward and the answers come. You are amazing and I voted that way.


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

Dear drbj, My brother is a PhD microbiologist at UC, Davis, and his philosophy, as a scientist is, if you can't prove it, it ain't real. I'll take your well educated statement regarding existentialism as the truth and nothing but. The study of philosophy is interesting for the sake of learning about the differences, but all the science in the universe can't definitively explain the mysteries of life when it comes to personal interactions and relationships. We are all so much more than simple matter. And, that matters in a monumental way in the way we are and act with each other. You, my friend, are a genius and I am so extremely happy whenever I hear from you. You never cease to motivate my mind.


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

Thank you Koshaugh. I love specificity in comments and I'm glad you especially liked the final verse.


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

Dear Pop, I can't tell you how many times I've wracked my brain looking for an answer to a perplexing conundrum. I turn it every way but loose, to no avail. There are some things, especially when it revolves around someone else's ideas or actions, I will never understand. Sometimes, down the line, I can see a pattern in an individual that points to the way they see things and operate. Sometimes, not. With maturity, I don't really need to know everything and I'm smart enough now to know I never will. So be it. Sometimes, I really don't want to know more than I already do! Thanks for giving me your time and support, my friend.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy, for so many years, I struggled with the nature and mysteries of the human species. I would look at it one way, then the other; I would minimize it, maximize it, try to ignore it and then let it nearly drown me. I have finally reached a point where I no longer ask why my fellow human beings do the things that they do. My tasks are two-fold: I need to accept things that I have no power over and I need to love. When I do those two things I am at peace; when I don't, then my head is filled with razor blades.

Great hub but then, this is Amy, so what else is new? :)


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

Dear Bill, Thank you for your profound observations, which are so right on the mark, but what else is new? You have it together, Bill, and like most of us, it is born of pain, struggles and the guts to hang in there, that brought you to the joyful place you are now.

As always, Bill, I so enjoy your visits and support by way of encouraging, kind and uplifting comments. Hugs to you


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Why? Annie's words have cast their spell on me from the first time I heard her put it into a song. Splendid Hub.

The Frog


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

Thanks, Prince! Splendid is a great word I don't hear too often. Yep, Annie is mesmerizing. I think she looks extraordinarily beautiful in "Why".


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

"Seeing the absence through a glass eye

Hearing the emptiness in your reply

Feeling the grief of a final goodbye

Life is a mystery, don't ask why"

This is absolutely stunning. The last few stanzas are profound, succinct; like getting hit in the forehead with a sledge. Seeing the absence through the glass eye; I love this. I wish I wrote it. I can hear the silence, so very deafening, like white noise. Brilliant!


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

Augustine, I had to read your magnificent words about five times, thinking "are you talkin' to me?" I am going to begin the process of publishing a book of my poetry soon. Your comment cements one of my choices for a place in my book. Creating poetry begins for me with a whirlwind of emotions and throughts, often a chaotic, conglomerated mess in my brain. Only when I sit down in front of this screen, do I feel capable of assembling the puzzle pieces, dropping them into their place and arriving at the satisfaction of telling my story. With readers like you, that see it, relate to it and understand it, I feel heard, no longer alone and understood. You, Augustine, have given me the greatest gift. Your eyes, heart and mind make me a writer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Hi Amy,

As always your writing captivates me and keeps me thinking long after I have read the last word of your poem. Life is a mystery, but your talent is not, and I am very grateful you share it with those of us on hub pages.


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

Hi toknowinfo, What a great comment you have left me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

People are so hard to predict and you never know what they're going going to do. I stopped trying long ago lol. Keep up the good writing, Amy. See you around the hubs!!


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

Thank you, CrazedNovelist. I used to over analyze everything. Finally figured it's a waste of time. What will be, will be and driving myself crazy trying to figure out why is futile!

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