I Sing Alone

Undertow that pulls me down

Fight to be free so I won't drown

Hands that hold me I unclasp

I sing alone out of your grasp

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One-way sign lays facedown

Up you say as I head downtown

Leash around my neck I unhasp

I sing alone out of your grasp

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Just a shoe you've kick around

Angry cause the nose ain't brown

Swim to the surface, pull in a gasp

I sing alone out of your grasp

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Words that say shield your crown

Trash that stains my wedding gown

Stifled thoughts choked in a rasp

I sing alone out of your grasp

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Change is foreign makes you renown

Hold on tight you stand your ground

Out of deep water, untouched by the asp

I sing alone now, out of your grasp

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Very good, I like it. Sounds like final freedom.


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

Well, Jackie, it was a first step and every step gets easier. I think I'll find something else to write about. My readers are going to throw up their hands in exasperation with a chorus of "Enough, all ready!" I've gotten this out of my system now! Thank you, my friend, for supporting me, even though I'm starting to sound like a broken record!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Been there. Real friends bear with you. Also meant to say I love Tom Petty.


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

Well said, Jackie, and very true. Thank you for that. I think Tom Petty is the bomb. In fact, I love each artist in the Traveling Wilburys, separately and as a group. They are perfect together.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy, it takes what it takes to exorcise demons. Been there, done that, and the growth was remarkable once I came out the other side.

You write about what makes you feel and I'll follow along faithfully.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Man, Could i ever relate to this. I love the words you used to free yourself from his grasp. ' End of the line' is perfect for this piece. Bravo...


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

Thank you, Bill. I still am surprised at the degree of understanding and tolerance I am given by my friends here. From past experiences, unlike the hub, my feelings have been met with eye-rolling, disinterest and dismissed. And, I don't mean the subject of this poem. Instead of listening like you do, many of the people I worked with would make me feel defensive with words like weak, not tough enough or enabling. At that point, I'd want to give up before I started. I started looking at my dilemmas as self-inflicted, or a congenital defect, making it very difficult to effectively change what needed changing. I'm much healthier since I started writing. It is cathartic and has the ability to help organize my thoughts and prioritize what is really important. Again, thank you for listening and supporting my efforts, Bill. You are a great friend to me.


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

Dear always exploring, Although I detest the idea of anyone suffering under any circumstances, it is, nonetheless, satisfying to write something that is relatable to another's experiences. I know for me, personally, reading about subject that is either of little interest or something I cannot relate to puts me to sleep. So, thank you for your very special comments. I love the Traveling Wilburys!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You do not sing alone, Amy. We who cherish you on Hubpages are happy to provide the chorus. Promise!


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

Dear drbj, Leave it to you to put a whole new concept in front of my eyes. What a magnificent image you have conjured in my mind...a chorus of angels, with you 1st chair.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Powerful words, great poem. That's the idea never back down and fly free. You always have backup here on HubPages.


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

I think the starring feature of hubpages are the people. I have never been among so many fine friends or as much talent as here. I feel like I am with family. I appreciate your words especially regarding having backup. That gives me courage, Gypsy. Thank you


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Awesome powerful poem. voting up


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

Rosemay, Thank you for taking the time to visit and to leave a totally awesome comment.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

This poem is awesome in every way. I love the strength I hear in your words. Up and awesome.


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

I love that you say you hear strength in this poem, because that's exactly how I felt when I wrote it. You are awesome, Pop!


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

Free at last! What more can I say? I certainly can relate when a relationship is smothering and just too hard to bear anymore. Very inspiring. Love it!


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

Thank you, Bobbi! I spent almost 20-years and by that time, I was almost a Stepford wife. But, I've lived and learned and come along way. Free at last!

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