Don't Like Goodbye

Old Man in the Park

Oil Painting By Amy Becherer
Oil Painting By Amy Becherer

Sunday afternoon of many years gone by

Dressed in his best beneath overcast sky

Alone in the world he seeks an ally

Because even the old don't like goodbye

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Three wheels to the world will comply

Give him wings to his feet on to fly

Freedom from loneliness in supply

Because even the old don't like goodbye

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Dapper, his hat on, does not misapply

Intention of heart as he waves the nearby

Dandy old salt seasoned a little bit shy

Yeah, even the old don't like goodbye

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His time in the park less by a far cry

He tires quickly yet refuses a standby

Hours pass without effort, the years sly

And even the old don't like goodbye

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I paint him a picture I give with a sigh

The memory of him, his will to defy

Time immemorial where he will not die

Because even the old don't like goodbye

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64 comments

Fay Paxton 5 years ago

That's what I'm talkin 'bout! :)

That is perfect; an excellent interpretation of the picture. Some people don't know how to give meaning to the pictures they look at...you give them and entre' that allows them to veer in many directions. Well done, Ms. Amy.

voted Up and awesome.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you my friend for the inspiration and encouragement to do this piece. You are a gem.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Ah, the many talents of girls who wear cowgirl hats.

(BTW, I was born in St Charles.)

Excellent art and a great poem to accompany. Not many who can do both!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Will, that's interesting about St. Charles being your birth place. Don't blame you for movin' on to cowboy territory. Although, the gunfire downtown STL could out rival even the Old West. We need a new sheriff in town. You might consider applying???


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Great read Amy, soo good. thanks for sharing


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, kindly, fiddleman!


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Amy, I am really impressed. Art and poetry all rolled into one, and I am terrible at both. This is a great piece of work and shows your extreme talent. I really envy people with talent because I was not given my fair share. Good job kiddo, keep 'em coming.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

That old man in the park looks dapper but sad.

His love has left him and he's feeling so bad.

But wait, see that woman approaching from behind?

Perhaps he will stop, turn and a new love he'll find.

Lovely poem, Amy, with the possibility of a positive outcome. At least I like to think so.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Mike, thank you my friend. I just need a digital camera to photograph my collection of paintings and then I'm off to the races! I appreciate your support, Mike.

drbj, always the optimist! But, I think it's someone around the bend, not the woman behind him. It will happen, I'm sure of it. Thank you, friend, for your continued support and encouragement.


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Beautiful poem to accompany your lovely oil painting, Amy. I love the poignancy of those lines' Because even the old don't like goodbye'..and how it resonates in the art.

Your versatile talents are impressive. Could we see more of your art, please :-)


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Docmo, for your beautiful compliments. And, yes, I will be happy to oblige with showing you my etchings and thank you for your interest. In the process, I will learn how to properly take photos of artwork, a task I've been wanting to take on. I'm very excited about this new endeavor!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Amy, that is a beautiful picture you’ve painted – I really like your style. This beautiful poem of yours says so much – saying goodbye indeed hurts. And I love the video. This one truly touched my heart. Take care, dear friend! You are so special.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Martie, for your kind encouragement and support. I value you.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Very nice and a great ode to growing older. Once he was young and riding his bike, and then relying on the kindness of people in old age. I can imagine all sorts of messages in this one. That is a great painting, I have to agree with others here because the painting says so much. I especially like the reference to loneliness, as we age and our friends all die off and then loneliness sometimes. Very stirring words here.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Bobbi. I am fired up now to finish a painting I've neglected for some time. I completely immerse myself in painting, losing all sense of time, resent interruption, and when I step back to gain perspective, it is so satisfying to see life on what was once a blank canvas. I've found, everytime I start a new piece, it's 100% in or don't even begin. I'm glad you like it!


wendy87 5 years ago

beautifully written


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

What a perfect duo. Art is poetry and certainly poetry, if done right, is art. Bravo. Up and beautiful.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

wendy87, thank you for your visit and comment.

breakfastpop, quite a profound commentary. Love the "perfect duo". Always enjoy your visit and got coffee brewin, Starbucks, to share!


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

And the painting is the words and the words are the painting. :) I immediately thought of the “64” song before I reached your link. So well done, and a delight and a pleasure.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Genna, coming from a high caliber, excellent writer such as you, I feel supremely complimented. Thank you.


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Baby! baby, baby, baby!

You knocked this one completely out of the park kid! You are one giant ball of talent wrapped up in a small package. I love the painting. I knew your work was good, but this is the first time I've seen it. Let's go steady.

jim


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh, baby, baby, baby! I'm so happy you really like this one! Your enthusiasm has got me goin'! Hope you like the next one, too! Love ya, dude


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Love the poem! In your painting, I see the dapper old man peddling. In his background is darkness. I wonder, if the man is peddling away from his own impending darkness? The darkness of his final rest? Thanks again for sharing.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I hadn't considered that point of view, Augustine, but, you know, it sounds highly possible...very creative, my friend. Thanks for the insight and commentary.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well I am so proud of you Amy - we have talked about your paintings over time and it was well worth the wait - and to be accompanied by your majestic words is literally the poetic icing on the proverbial cake!

I was laughing at your comment on ' ..and everything else' - speechless, you say - and hawt too! Not just hot but hawt - lol lol - well if I can leave someone who has such a brilliant mind like yours - speechless - let alone - also being a brilliant writer, that you are, then my humble words of poetic anarchy are not being lost in vain ......


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Well, epigramman, speechless again, but crying at the sweetness of your words. Thank you.


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

your Poem goes great with this painting. I never knew you were such a good painter. Rated UP

God Bless Amy


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear vietnamvet, I have quite a few more here with me that I need to photograph so that I can concoct a story about them. Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you like the paintings!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

There I am on that bike Amy and you never knew me! I like this a lot. I remember an old man (yes, like me) would ride his crude bike up hard mountains, not just hills. He wore a suit you could teach school in. He plodded through all kinds of weather. And- I've wondered what happened with him. I didn't see him again. Every picture I tried to take was bad. But I'm 61 and a half. Will anyone love me at 64? God bless Amy!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

You're a young man in better shape than many 30 year olds. You will be lovable at any age, Micky Dee.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Very compelling. How many of us stop to consider those elders among us? You've written a beautiful tribute to the humanity of the elderly...remembering that we are all valuable, valid, vital and in need of recognition. I once overheard a conversation in which one person offered: "my dear, the body grows weak and weary but the mind is always that of a youthful person." Dreams do not age or die with age. I love the painting, too. Captures so much about the gentile subject. Thank you! Amy.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear sweet Lucky Cats, how great to hear from you. That is such a beautiful statement about the feelings of the elderly. Yes, youth is part of who everyone once was. My ex so loved my painting I left it with him. I was grateful he sent me a photo. I miss it. Thanks for your gentle, kind comments, Kathy.


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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

Really nice, makes you think a lot.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Gary. What a cute gecko you are!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Amy~~ I love this poem... the picture and the songs are a perfect fit and it is so alive & powerful~~ I will certainly look forward to reading much more of your work...

Voted UP, AWESOME & BEAUTIFUL...~~ thank you!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you for you sweet comment, my friend, marcoujor, which sounds very beautifully French! I am so glad to have made your acquaintance and everytime I see that adorable pup face, I have to say "Awwwwww". Now, that is a beautiful, expressive face!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

The painting and the poem are so rich in poignancy and caring. I'm wondering who inspired them. Again, you've demonstrated an amazing artistic talent, Amy!!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Ah the beauty and the words combine to make this ageless. A man of age, yet wise I'm sure. I am super impressed with your talent, not only as an artist of paint and canvass, but words to encompass your art. Very well done, thank you Amy, I felt a presence looking at your painting, touched by age fast approaching. peace and hugs


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Nellieanna, very interesting idea of your ever inquisitive mind. Actually, aging inspired it. Not any one person, my friend. In casual observation, I realize and appreciate what age brings. History, sometimes "the old ways", a gentleness that is so endearing. But, few take the time to be kind. I see a lot of eye-rolling, a hurry-up attitude and general invisibility that some of the older population is treated with...like they don't matter. Some young people forget that everyone alive was once their age. This painting was born from that concept...old does not mean "just waiting to die". We all have dreams and desires everyday of our lives. Simple truth. Thank you, Nellieanna.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, saddlerider, we all hope to get there, but I wonder... I just got word from my beautiful mother, who is in her early 80's, that she has a serious heart condition. She is concerned with another diagnostic procedure that sounds like the balloon angio test. It is invasive and mom has talked with several acquaintances that ended up with serious staph infections, one has suffered now for a year. When she spoke to the cardiologist, he simply said, "well, at your age you don't have to do anything. One night you will wake up with your heart racing and you'll just die". If an educated doctor treats the elderly with that kind of cavalier, dismissive attitude, I'm not sure old age is worth striving for. My mother and all of the elderly matter. Their lives, like everyone, is important to them. That's what I aimed for in my painting and words. Thank you, Ken, for your sweet, extremely kind support. It matters to me a lot...from one in my prime to another in his prime, you handsome devil! Hugs to you.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Yes, I know! :-)


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Thank God for age and the wisdom which often accompanies it. Splendid job, Amy, in three contexts. Oils were always to difficult to please my own critical eye so I abandoned them lately. Your artwork is wonderful in its theme and execution. The poetry has evolved so much since your first poem and your artist's eye creates great verbal imagery. And thirdly, Lady Lancelot, you remain chivalrous in your compassion for others, here the elderly. Bravo!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Nellieanna and sligobay, together here. That's cause for a celebration. Nellieanna, you will never be old. You radiate beauty, intellect, passion and life.

I must say, we all need compassion, but the elderly, such as my gorgeous mother, and I say gorgeous because she truly is (not just because she's my mom), she is a showstopper, is a dynamically intelligent, alive woman, that can still make me laugh more than anyone else. When my dad died 8 years ago, she got lost. They'd been together over 50-years and the grief and overwhelming tasks of too many responsibities in owning a home have made her sick. Many people that she paid to fix the roof or take down trees or clean the gutters tried to take advantage and she's worn out from fighting...a woman alone. I detest that these younger men see a woman alone, in her 80's, and they assume she's an easy mark. Although her brainpower far outweighs their's, the battles caused her blood-pressure to become a problem that now has affected her heart. I realize everyone must die, but it is heartbreaking to see someone's life being negatively impacted by these dishonest thieves. My mom is not to be pitied, but human compassion is something we all deserve and need. It's what separates us from animals. In fact, I've seen more examples of animal compassion and caring than I do among humans. I think everyone today is fighting for the basics, just trying to keep their head above water, and it has become "dog eat dog". Thank you for gracing my page here today. You just turned a good day great!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Marvelous work. You're a talent. But the question begs itself, "Why say goodbye, when we've just said hello?"

The Frog Prince


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

No goodbyes, gallant Frog Prince. I'm sending you kisses instead!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Touching ode to growing old and the need to still be "seen" and "addressed" by others. He may be old, he may be lonely, he may no longer be able to ride a 2 wheel bike, but he's still out and about and thus there's hope for others to reach out with a kindly, heartfelt smile and hello, adding: "It's good to see you."


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Exactly, Happyboomernurse! He is not invisible, but very much alive. So often, I see the elderly treated like non-entities. Though physical activity gets more difficult for some, they still feel. Thank you!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Amy - Listen ladies, please stop talking about me. I'm listening.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Frog Prince, You are hilarious, but not old! ribbit, ribbit


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Wow this is truly wonderful. Your words and pictures are totally awesome.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

acaetnna, Thank you! Its so much fun to paint a picture and then create a story. I appreciate your support.


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Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

I liked this one too. Wow, you really have a gift for art! and words too =) It's really very lifelike, I have so much admiration for you!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Charlotte, Thank you so much! One of these days I'm going to find a way to have all of my art photographed (there is an art to that, too) so I can accompany it with a story. I had so much fun interpreting my paintings with my words. I think it would be a blast to put the art out there and invite others to put words to what they see. Thank you for taking the time to visit my paintings and leave your beautiful comments.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Nice work and art Amy. Thanks for sharing your talents and the wisdom of well sculptured words.. take care.


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

Thank you for your kind encouragement, Pearldiver. My modem went down for a week, while I tried to use my limited talents for IT work to get back online. During that time, I've spend many nights up until 3 a.m. painting. It is the one activity where I completely lose track of time. Bliss at it's best.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Amy, you are correct - nobody likes goodby. Beautiful poem and again the painting is to me breathtaking. You are truly gifted and talented. Again, I like the colors you have chosen for this painting. Grays, browns, black and white - so appropriate for the subject and the lighting is beautiful. Two thumbs up! Keep painting!


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

Dear Suzette, Your words mean the world to me. Your synopsis of the Spanish masterpiece tells me you appreciate art and have a gift for putting it into words. I was blown away by your analysis of color and the profound influence of light. Thank you for taking the time to stop here, read and look. I am so glad to have found you at hubpages.


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HaleyMCruz 4 years ago from California

Aw man, I always wanted to do a dedication poem to a painting by Monet that I adore! I shall now do it since you inspired me with your own hub! I really loved how you wrote this, like you really were taking great care while writing it :)


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

Thank you so much, Haley. I painted the picture in this piece, too, which gave me so much pleasure while taking care in writing the poetry for it. I did another hub in this same vein called "Tell Me Your Secrets". Thank you for visiting me and leaving such a touching, warm comment.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

oh my gosh! where to start? The essense of getting old and still have the need to be young, feel young! I love the way you had the darker colors behind the man. As if he was leaving "the dark days behind". Maybe is it difficult to say good bye to those things that become who we are? Love the Beatles song! it is one of our household favorites! Awesome & Beautiful Amy! Voted up, tweeted & shared. :)


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

Oh, Jo, you're beautiful words make me cry. You see nuances even in the shadows and understand that, even in old age, he is very much alive, riding away from the dark and into the light.

Thank you so much, my friend. You have brought your own special light to my painting. Shalom


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

Amy!

I just now noticed your second video with Bob Dylan singing? Please check to make sure the link is good. "Hello in there".

I didn't see it the first time I was here. wow!


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

Hey, Jo. It's been awhile since I did this one and as I look at it, I don't see Bob Dylan at all! I'll click out and come back and see if I see it.


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

Well, Jo, it's not showing up on mine. If I remember correctly, the Dylan video was a bad link that I deleted, so why it would show up for you now is stranger than fiction!

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