Going Nowhere Holdin' Out For Hope

There's a creepy woman, stalking me these days

She needs to be pitied, walks around in a haze

Get up, stupid bitch, and crawl out of this maze

Holdin' out for hope ain't the way the world plays

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Once upon a time you never ceased to amaze

Hot then cold, your passion left concrete ablaze

Turn around, get it right, shake clear the malaise

Holdin' out for hope ain't the way the world plays

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You scare me, you remind me, wearing that glaze

Stone cold eyes, impervious to reach much less faze

Love ain't round no corner for those with sinning ways

Holdin' out for hope ain't the way the world plays

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Move away, don't stand too close, I still have todays

The reaper comes too soon, no promises, no stays

Turn and walk the other way, I'll not meet your gaze

Holdin' out for hope ain't the way the world plays

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, I see my face displays

Stone cold eyes, stupid bitch, the truth it portrays

No fairytales, no handsome prince, no bright cliches

Holdin' out for hope ain't the way the world plays

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Waking up to turn the page, new story to appraise

Destiny directs a map with the unknown to blaze

Cowboy hat disguises lost thoughts of castaways

Holdin' out for hope ain't the way the world plays

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No_Clue 5 years ago

This struck me today for it describes me well...but, Amy, hope is all I got, and I'm holding out no matter how the world plays...


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

I know. It's all anyone really has. I'm just in a mood, No_Clue. Sometimes I just get fed up. Trampled in the dust. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I appreciate you.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Sometimes it seems like all that's left is a little bit of hope. So don't be so hard on yourself...up, down, good , bad is all of what adds the spice to life. About the best we can do sometimes is remember the good times, focus on our strength and keep on pushin'. Chin up, my friend. My bet's on you.


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

Thanks Fay. I think I need a vacation from thinking. Better to go with the flow sometimes. I'm going to stop trying to control what is not mine to control. That's a losing proposition. Sometimes, it just feels like the sky is falling. Feast or famine. It's not one event, it's everything. I appreciate the vote of confidence, Fay.


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

My father in law always comment,"I living on hopes." I know what he meant and with each day that passes our hopes and dreams push us forward. No doubt the obstacles that come our way, some of our own making and others by Providence, can make them harder to attain.


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

So true, Fiddleman. Sometimes, it is a cascading stream of events that makes me just stop. Because it is too overwhelming to even be angry or sad or anything. Honestly, I think my life has been too easy by some standards. I've never felt defeated, never. I'm stepping back to be still for awhile...meditation, I'd say. Thank you for your kind visit.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Dig in! Find your brave face. Keep alert! It’s early in this game of life.


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

Thanks for the visit and the pep talk, mckbirdbks!


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

The heck with a hope and emotion malaise, there ain't no way that's the extent of your days. I beg for your hand for this dance I do stand, for together we dance a dance of heaven sent praise. So full of much life you, my friends, such a sight, there is no way clear of this man's help with life's plight...

My life is a gift and now a voice in my head says "be no longer adrift" so I now take a stand, and whisper to you, "... I find it kind of funny, I find it kind of sad. The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had. I find it hard to tell you. I find it hard to take. When people run in circles its a very, very...Mad world, mad world", ... and I then send a wish of much to construe, to you my friend Amy, as well my dear Tender', and yes you too, Fay, "for you'll never, ever be alone, a promise this day..."


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

bbnix, what a treasure you are. You must understand to be able to offer the best cure. Thank you, sweet friend. The world is a better place for the likes of you. You rock, bbnix!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Look at the tags you placed on this hub, Amy. Perhaps the answer you may be looking for is there: life ... love ... faith ... help ... hope! Love and faith are necessary components of life and sometimes we need someone's help to regain hope. Just a thought for a strong woman.


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

I thought about that, sweet drbj, when I chose them. You must have a psychology background. I need to re-read your profile. I've just hit a sketchy patch, my friend. Do you ever just get tired of bullshit? That's where I'm at. But, it's all good, because now I'm much quicker at recognizing what I need to step over instead of into. Love ya, drbj. I've been writing for AMS and they pay me for general articles. It takes all my feeble brain power to get it right, but so far, they have accepted and paid for every article I've submitted! If I'd given up, I wouldn't care, much less be writing another one right now. I want to catch up on your brilliant pieces and I may give myself a vacation day tomorrow to do just that. Thank you, my sweet, brilliant friend.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Once you been knocked on your back, the only way you can look is up. I've been on the same desolate plain as you are, there isn't quick quip or saying that can make things better. In the military, they told us to "suck it up and drive on," which is much easier said than done. But you must... I have faith you can.


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

Awwww, thanks Augustine. I will and I am "sucking it up and movin on". No one thing, just everything put me in a temporary funk. The job thing is just demoralizing, but as bad as it sounds, at least I'm not alone. That has been the most difficult for me to get beyond. Everything else...small spuds. Thanks for your faith!


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nomoretrucks 5 years ago from scotland

Hiya Amy- Tough times never last but tough people do! I reckon there are people around the world who may be in worse situations maybe. Girl, i thought i was badly off with no shoes, until i met a fella with no feet!

Only kidding with you on that one Amy. You seem to be in the winter of your life in your mind judging by this hub girl. But this won't be forever and that psychological sunshine will come around again soon. Then it will reflect in what you write. You need to be somewhere else geographically for a while i reckon, i have found that makes a massive difference. Use that eloquence you have to express where you want to be maybe.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Yes and along with hope comes action. That same woman stalked me too for a short time because I was scared and afraid, at first. But once the true me came out, that woman left me alone and a better woman emerged, with some scars but I consider those to be battle scars. Great poem, says it so well.


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

nomoretrucks, so good to hear from you, the handsome Welchman. Your commentary is much appreciated and exactly on the money. Today, I had a bone density appt. As I sat in the waiting room, maybe as you wrote this beautiful comment, I saw several people that looked like they were battling cancer. One woman, skin and bones, in a wheelchair, she could barely sit up in. Another skinny "chemo" patient sat down with a book and when her name was called, she jumped up with more enthusiasm than I have been mustering. I am ashamed, nomoretrucks. I realized how damn lucky I am and started smiling. It was unbelievable the "happy" responses I got. The bone and mineral specialist came in and said, "wow, you look cute". Even my bone density shows a 3.7% increase in bone!!! You are a smart man. I saw the light today. Thank you so much for your kindness and sincerity. I hope life is treating you well.


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

Thank you, BobbiRant, for sharing the fact that you, strong and beautiful as you are, felt some of these same emotions during a difficult time. As I told nomoretrucks above, I am feeling much more positive after this morning. Sometimes it just takes putting things in perspective or just one person smiling. I stopped to treat myself on the way home with some Starbucks coffee, my fav. The gentleman that helped me with the purchase was so friendly and even wrote his name on my receipt with a "smiley" face and said to call him. I got so use to not smiling, uncharacteristic for me, that I was getting the same response from everyone. It's so elementary, but I wasn't seeing things straight from down in the pit! Thank you, BobbiRant, for being so kind, patient and understanding. Love you, my friend.


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) ... whoops ...:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Much love,

Will ;)


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

See, Will, you're proof...it's still happening! Much love to you, sweet Will!


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

Hey, nomoretrucks, everytime you use "I reckon" it reminds me of my daughter and Bob Dylan. Not bad company, I reckon!


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

Amy, I could be saying these words, sometimes. Disappointment, disillusionment, disgust, dislike, anger...the beat goes on. Sometimes, being a woman in a crazy, cruel world is a bit hard to handle. I think, I suspect, that you and I deal with the difficult stuff in very similar ways. Sometimes, I see stone cold eyes staring back at me and, sometimes, I know I look at the world with these eyes; knowing I am turning others away; maybe even turning a good, kind soul away. If you have any sensitivity at all, this is a hard row to hoe, sometimes...oftentimes, in fact. Glass half full, glass half empty...it's a toss up, sometimes. Great expectations and great feelings of loss/disenchantment..such is the life of a sensitive, intelligent and intuitive woman...and you and I are such women..along, I bet, w/strong Bobbirant..Bless you, Amy. Do believe it and please know that in my deepest self, I empathize with your ups and downs, your incredibly amazing spectrum of feeling and life experiences. You speak for so many of us. The UPS and downs! Thank you, Amy.


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

Kathy, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your absolutely excellent synopsis of my piece. We do share alot of the same feeling. I can see that you fully understand. I am so touched by your commentary. It is far more beautifully stated than my piece. I was angry when I wrote it. I know you see that. Somehow, though, it feels better to be angry than sad. I'm sick of sad. Again, Kathy, you feel like a sister. Love you...


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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

Amy, it will be nice to look back on this as you head towards happier times!!


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

They are already happier with new, delightful, brilliant friends that see me in a way I want to be perceived. I am growing stronger everyday and looking forward to each and every day. Thank you, gguy!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Thank you Amy. I need a change of mind. The video is spectacular as always.


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

I am so glad to hear from you. I was worried about the tornados in your neck of the woods. Coincidentally, the sirens are going off here and huge hail is knocking at my windows. The power just came back on, but we are not out of the woods according to the weatherman. I'm glad you and your bike escaped unscathed, my friend.


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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

I see you the way you really are!! And thats a good thing!!


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

Well, that's about the nicest thing you could ever say, gguy!


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Sometimes the winds hit too hard and you have to hang onto your hat! Play some Dylan loudly so the rattling of the windows is drowned out while you enjoy a cup of joe or a glass of wine!

All the best to you, dear Amy.

Love and peace

Tony


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well Miss Amy of the Almighty - don't you see - you are so well loved and respected by so many people here at the Hub - and the last time I saw this much outpouring of devotion - the Beatles were singing ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE 'live' at the BBC - and you are a special person to us because of two very good reasons:

1. You speak for the rest of us and because of someone like you who is brave, noble and courageous - hope is a beautiful place to be when you give us these righteous words and naturally #2. you're one helluva writer and have been a damn good friend to me - and the inspiration is not just in the profound words you write but also in the flesh and blood of a first class lady!!!!!!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...and #3. - it's really good to see you back where you belong - writing at the Hub - Hello Dolly!!!!!!!!!!


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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

epigramman, yes Amy is amazing!!


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

Dear Tony, Well, you said Dylan and epi mentioned the Beatles...in the same space of time as my name...I am overcome by emotion from the outpouring of more affection, and genuine caring than I can remember. I took your advice, Tony, and am having a cup of joe on a morning after the storms (literally) that is a cool, fresh, clear, new beginning...and right before Easter! Love and peace, Tony, and my sincere thanks.


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

Dear sweet epigramman, I am far more blessed than I deserve to be with your words and care, that glitter more dazzling than any diamond. You and every person here has completely disproven the hopelessness that inspired this piece...literally, shot it to hell where it belongs. You have inspired me to start today on a an idea for a new painting dedicated to all the beauty and love I experience here and now. Thank you for giving me your hand that yanked me out of despair back into the sunshine of love.


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

Dear gguy, what is truly amazing is you and each generous, loving person here. I stand humbled in the light of so much beauty.


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

I, for one, would love to see that painting...

You'll have to present it with a Dylan and Beatle video, though..

Much love and strength, our dearest friend...


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

Dearest bbnix, I can't wait to get photos of my paintings so I can create poetry to tell a story about each one. Did you see my poems "Don't like Goodbyes" and "Tell Me Your Secrets"? Those were my paintings that I gave a story. And, I am very "hyped" about starting a new project. Of course, being the extraordinary artist you are, I don't need to tell you the excitement in that! Thank you for your encouragement and willingness to share in my ups and downs.


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

I don't know about "extraordinary" (he says as he smiles at the prospect), but I cherish my art expressions, as well as my writing.

They truly are like my children (as you undoubtedly know ;)..).

My training is in design, mostly markers, airbrush, pen and ink, and lots of quick pencil sketches, as well as years of Photoshop work (you know the business world - all hurry up stuff).

I went to pastels because I love the freedom, but I'm determined to try painting soon. I love the control your pieces exhibit, and I've got to tell you, I soooo love your work, both your amazing art and your incredible writing.

Your "Don't like Goodbyes" made me cry, especially with the John Lennon video - I so love and miss that man. But the old man on the bike, to me, is like a Rembrandt, timeless, it, to me, represents a thousand messages of life and love. I adore it.

I liked you art in "Tell me your secrets" very much as well. I love the fantastic and whimsical. You and I can write a thousand poems and stories with such beautiful prompts, and I for one, am determined to do so.

Stay tuned, as I'm determined to do more and more of the beautiful combination of my art and my writing. I'm throwing in some animation as well, to add to the mix.

You, my dear friend, are truly an inspiration - together with our incredible friends here, there is nothing we cannot accomplish...


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

Right on, my friend. I love your enthusiasm. And, I have to say, the fun in combining two art forms is the outer limits!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Amy - I love you! What? (you say to yourself - how can that be - vocalcoach does not know me). Ah, but she does. She knows exactly how courageous, truthful, loving and giving Amy is. She knows, because she has just read your poem about hope. She understands because when her son died, she lost all hope for a very long time. She joined you in your feelings and in your pain. By writing your truth, you have given freedom to your feelings and love to your soul. How proud I am of you, dearest Amy.

I repeat - I love you, I love you, I love you. I also second the great Epigramman on his comments. He is a treasure to hold on to. Peace and light to you lovely one. vocalcoach


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

Dearest voicecoach, your message to me is one of such loving beauty and hope...I am steeling myself before I can read about the devastating loss of your precious son. I purposely waited when I read your profile page, because, as a parent of one daughter, that is the most difficult experience to live through. My BFF, who lost her home in FL to foreclosure, then suffered the loss of her 24 year old daughter and she will never be the same. Thank you, sweet, beautiful voicecoach, for your lovely presence here on my page. Like a butterfly, wherever you land, you bless with your exquisitely beautiful spirit and heart.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Without reading the other comments, this verse seems to imply a part of yourself that does not want to get up and move forward with the rest of you...wanting to hang on to the past and yesterday hoping that the world will improve if you just wait for it. Great analysis in verse...super job! WB


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

Yeah, Wayne, I was at a low point when I wrote this. But, anger and hopelessness are self-defeating if you just lay down and allow it to rule. Anger, eventually, motivates me to get off my ass and turn a pity party into a learning experience. For me, tomorrow is always a new day. I've moved on. Thank you for your brilliant understanding.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Amy my gifted soul, I to have my artistic moods that bring me into my cave and lock myself up for a spell. Until I am over myself and able to take deep breaths, I am lost.

Low points bring all of us down, your no exception, so don't ever beat up on yourself for to long, although I feel it necessary to become reclusive for awhile, the bright light brings me out of my cave and once again I am refreshed and brought back to the living.

Your right, tomorrow is another day and unless we are willing to fight the good fight and press on, we will go back to hiding. I am so happy to come back and read my fellow scribes and you are always one that soothes my soul with your kind words and keen observations.

I offer you joy and peace in your heart and I pray you are feeling much better now. Hugs from me to you.


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

Dear Saddlerider, I suppose it is the endless cycle of life. It moves quickly. One day is wonderful, the next the pits. And, sometimes I am more resilient, other times that moment is all that is real for me. Since the layoff, which I thought was the end of the world for some time, I have led a solitary existence for the most part, and I find I like it. I'm writing online for AMS, content articles and making a little sustenance. It's a good thing I don't eat too much or spend anything on recreational activities! But, this time has given me the time to be creative...for the first time in my life, and I love the freedom. Quite frankly, I would love to never set foot in another office job in my life. So, if I can find a way, I will. I do agree with you, Ken, that seclusion is sometimes necessary. I find it more and more so. We are alike in that. My mom use to tell me (when I was still office-bound), that she worried if I didn't work, I'd be a hermit. That doesn't sound so bad to me. I'd rather be painting or writing anyday than in a bar or anywhere else for that matter. Thank you for letting me drone on..and on...and on. Thank you also, Ken, for your understanding and kind spirit. You are one in a million, and I'm glad I can call you friend.


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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

This is a poem that I can relate very well.

"Holdin' out for hope ain't the way the world plays"

but how sad if we can't holding out for hope. I still believe there is always hope for us. Just need to be more reasonable. Saddlerider is right, Amy; don't be too hard on yourself. Big hug!


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

I have so many friends here, Freya, kind, loving people like yourself. I do have hope, I will always hold out for hope. I was at a lowpoint, as there are moments when people can be unkind. I see it happen to others when I'm out in the world...eye-rolling and a "hurry up" attitude to the elderly or those that just don't move fast enough to suit someone nearby. I had an older woman behind me at Walgreen's that was in so much pain she couldn't stand up straight. She was leaning on the counter. I had her go in front of me and she told me about her accident. The woman checking everyone out, kind of laughed and gave her a "look", and looked at me as if to validate her opinion. I won't do that. I always try to treat others with the respect I would want for my mom and dad(before he died). I can't tell anyone else how to behave, but I won't endorse behavior that is mean or condenscending. I try to live by example, for what it's worth. Sorry, Freya, I went off on a tangent here. I guess I'm trying to say that what waylays my hope is the inhumanity I see on a regular basis. Yet, somedays hope is all we have.


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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

Amy, good points, I used to get angry if someone cut me off or something also, but now I jusy think to myself that maybe they just got some bad news and they are not all there, so I just give them some extra room and let it go. I just think about racing to the hospital and cutting in line at the visitors desk when my mother was dying,and try to give others the same understanding.


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

Exactly, gguy. We never know what the other guy is going through. I have to tell myself to slow down sometimes, because I'm rushing somewhere on a mission. But, how important is that mission is I get in a wreck and possibly hurt someone else or myself? Life can change in an instant, for good or bad. I have to remind myself that there are consequences for every act. Thank you for your personal input. I am so sorry about your mother.


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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

Hey no problem, it's 3 years now It's all good, I just use it to reflect now. I have caught myself driving with bad brakes to something stupid and said to myself,"what are you doing?" and turned back!!


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

I am glad you are o.k. However, I could feel the anxiety as you described rushing to the hospital. I know what that ride feels like. Yes, I wonder how many "accidents" could be prevented by a little more caution and responsibility as you illustrated. It reminds me of an ad I see on TV, usually late at night, by a group of lawyers who use a phrase that "accidents are sometimes poor decisions". There is some truth to that.


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

You got a lot of supporters in the comment section so Im sure that must say something- a lot of people have faith in you. I really loved your writing here. Reading this, it reminds me of something I would write if I could write poetry worth a damn. In other words; been there, done that, been in that funk too. The irony is that when you get older, you know better but that's why it still stings because you wonder how the hell did I end up here when I know better? Anyway, I enjoyed reading this, but don't be so hard on yourself. THe good times are great because they aren't bad times- don't now if that makes sense, but just take stock of what you got. Most of the time my funks have to do with unrealistic expectations of myself. Although if you didn't get in a funk then you may not have churned out this wonderful poem. Voted up!


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

izettl, I can see your education in your thorough assessment of the ups and downs in all lives. One thing I am most grateful for are the friends you see here. They have encouraged my creativity, as before now, I never wrote a poem. The people here and poetry are addictive, izettl. It's win/win. My hub family has helped me to begin the growing up process, which, I believe, doesn't end until the day we die. Despite my natural tendency toward self-inflicted angst (which makes me feel alive), I'm having a blast. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving me profound words to ponder.


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

What!! Before now you never wrote a poem? Get out!! All us writers are a at least a little tortured. When I'm at my worst, my writing is at it's best. The tortured artist's irony.


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

There's a lot of truth is your statement, izettl. Emotion, good and bad, both are an impetus for movtivation for me. Poetry, I thought while growing up, was dry, boring, cryptic, and obtuse. I use to have a theory that poets worked at creating high-brow, pretentious, impossible to understand junk. In trying my hand at it, after reading poetry here, I became addicted to the fun and challenge of taking an idea, a thought or experience and spinning the tale in a whole new way of expression. I still prefer Bob Dylan to Shakespeare, though! Thanks for listening, izettl. You are a magnificent, inspiring writer.


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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

Laura, I am glad that you and Amy connected. Not only is she a very talented writer and poet, but a really cool person. Since I know her quite well at this point, I can also say that I consider her a great friend and have the utmost respect for her thoughts and opinions on various subjects. I do consider myself her biggest fan although I am sure others feel the same way!! LOL

Amy, hope you enjoy the weekend!!


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

Thank you, Gary, for your very sweet and kind words. You have a great weekend, too!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Hello Dear Amy,

I have been a stranger and wanted to check in and say a fond HELLO. I continue to read your insightful comments on many of our shared friends' beautiful works, especially LUCKY CATS! I was recently introduced to someone brand new, Richard83, and I think you would love him, if you had a moment to check him out...!

You know my big thing is our universality and I am struck (hard) at how much we have in common. I came to a point in life, much like you, where my world was totally turned around. I believe whatever the trauma/ the incident-- we look at things, forevermore, with such a clarity and focus. I totally relate to your empathy with the elderly and how callous many seem at treating anyone who is just a little different/ slower/ etc...

I also don't sugar coat things anymore. It's perfectly OK to have good and bad days. Life is an ebb and flow. For me, it's very important to start off each day breathing and smiling!

Anyway, I loved this and I love you!

Happy Memorial Day, Maria.


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

Dear Maria, I am so happy to see you here today. I feel like we are kindred spirits. The ebb and flow, good and bad, each opposite force is the yin and yang that makes up every life. Without the bad, how would we measure and appreciate the good? Without strife, where would be the motivation for better? Each life is what it is and it's what each person does with the good and the bad that strengthens or destroys. The bad is the great equalizer...no one escapes untouched and in that, it can unify. It has inspired great things in the arts, and every area of life where pain exists. So, there is good in bad.

I love your photo, Maria. I relate to the joy and love of my adorable, canine companion. I think those that are open to the experience find true, unconditional love. I'd be lost without MacGregor. Thank you for telling me about Richard83 and I will look him up today.

Enjoy your Memorial Day, too, Maria!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Amy,

I agree so very much with you that I know we must have been sisters in a past life!! Aunt Baby feels that she is a distant cousin to MacGregor as well?

Hope you have a good week ahead and TTYS, Maria!


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

Yes, Maria, I feel the same. Love you, sis! MacGregor sends you a big affectionate "woof" to you and Aunt Baby.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California

Wow Amy...As I read this, it is so like the homeless here. I could see some of their faces. They have pretty much lost hope. I have started now to sit and talk to them. We have to start taking care of each other and encouraging each other, because if we lose hope, we're doomed.


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

I agree, Sonia. Its not a pretty picture. I watched 60-Minute's tonight and cried through the piece on the number of homeless children today. They talked about going to bed hungry and having to study by flashlight as the electricity was turned off. Some of the "lucky" ones live with their family in 2-rooms. One family moved from their van to a motel room. When they lived in their vehicle, parked on the Wal-mart lot, they used the restrooms to clean up for school in the morning. The piece said that in 2-years the number of children living like this added 2-million to the total, which is the largest increase in 2-years ever. Hard to convince me the economy is turning around. Bullshit.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California

Um...my name IS Sylvia. Sonia is my daughter. LOL Moving right along...Oh God, I've done the Wal-Mart thing. They will let people living in their vehicles (not always RV's) park in their lots without bothering them. It will soon be time to start collecting stuff for backpacks for kids with no money. School starts here in August. The journalists who tell the truth say just the opposite.


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

Oh, I'm sorry, Sylvia. I was worried when I read the last hub I visited and saw "sonia", that I initially made a mistake. Thanks for correcting my confusion. I can't imagine living in an RV with a family. Do RV's have bathrooms? I honestly don't know and I wondered about that. With my health issue, that would be a major concern. One of the points that the 60-minutes piece hit on is the new bus routes stopping at motels to pick up students of displaced families. The one boy dropped out of his senior year to try to find work to help the family. I can tell you this, Sylvia, I'm a lot better off than some of the families struggling to survive. Their stories are humbling.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California

Yes they are.

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