If it's not one thing, it's another

Dedicated to izettl

Step on the gas, stop on a dime

Another day that challenges time

Bearing a load enough to smother

If it's not one thing, it's another

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Clock alarms its partner in crime

Out of bed refutes the sublime

Destiny challenges the earth mother

If it's not one thing, it's another

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Phone sings with the doorbell chime

Bliss slips a rate of less than subprime

Minutes tick off that you can't recover

If it's not one thing, it's another

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Clean a skinned knee of playground grime

Settling down with a nursery rhyme

Girl interrupted by her baby brother

If it's not one thing, it's another

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Days meld to years in a steady climb

Banking the love you gather in prime

In a life you'd trade for no other

Though, if it's not one thing, it's another

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Love this and it is so, so true!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I was going to read this last night but was too tired. I do not read Amy's work when I'm tired, but rather wide-awake so the full force of the words will hit me right between the eyes....and then travel down to my heart.

Rather than comment on the poem's message I'd rather comment on the poet if you don't mind. The truly good writers and poets have the unique ability to capture feelings....the full spectrum of feelings....and to translate those feelings into words. Think about that for a second....something that cannot be measured or quantified is still beautifully described using only words.

You have that gift, and you give away that gift each and every time you write, only to somehow grow new gifts inside of you so that you can give those away as well.

It is an honor to count you as a friend.


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

Dear breakfastpop, I figured, with your busy, involved life, you'd relate. I'm so glad you find this to be true.


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

Dear Bill, Despite the fact that a lot of my words are spent bemoaning what life has dealt me the past couple of years, I believe there is a reason for everything that happens. I can say, without a doubt, had I still been employed where I was working, living in an apartment with my beloved MacGregor, on my own, I would not have taken what little time remaining, and participated here at the hub. I know from past experience, I would have been overwhelmed and exhausted, burning the candle at both ends just to keep my head above water. Although, I've always loved writing and the power of words, the most I managed while on the job, were published letters to the editor at the Post-Dispatch. Here, with the encouragement and support of my friends, I explored the new territory of poetry. Now, I'm looking forward to trying fiction and pursuing publishing a book of my poetry. I feel I have discovered my voice and have something to say. It feels like meaningful fun, discovery and brings me satisfaction and joy. Personally, I don't think it gets any better than that.

Your opinion matters a lot to me, Bill. Thank you for letting me know that I matter.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Oh Amy, you definitely matter! Now go kick out some more beauty please!


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

Bill, Thanks for leaving me with a big smile!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

So true. I like what BillyBuc said about the ability to capture feelings with your words. That is the mark of a true writer, poet.


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

Dear Peg, Thank you for making my day. I still don't claim the title "writer", much less poet. I'm practicing, though. I appreciate your words of encouragement.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

If it's not one thing it's another, You've discovered you're a poet, and oh brother! You're one-of-a-kind- and that 'ain't no lie, you can make me laugh or make me cry. Your words have meaning and that 'ain't no jive. Come hell or high water, Amy is 'gonna survive. Hugs my friend


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

Oh, Ruby, your words are jewels. "Come hell or high water" is one of my favorite sayings, one me mum always likes to say. I'm working on another piece right now that, I hope, relays that I am a survivor. I like to think so! Hugs to you, Ruby


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Poetry comes easily when your life is pushed to extremes. I know exactly how you feel. I never in a million years would I had believed that I could create anything worth reading. I wrote some poetry in high school, to some girlfriends, but that was it.

I do beleive things happen for a reason. I had a minor breakdown in 2005, and all of a sudden all this emotion pured out of me. It was like I possessed a Pandoras box inside of me, and the lid got cracked open. It was a dark time when I folded in on myself, but I emerged from the ordeal with my emotional senses enhanced. I could feel everything, which was painful at first. Then I found a way to overcome the pain through writing. I see you've done the same. Another brilliant piece.


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

Dear Augustine, Obviously, you have always been compassionate, introspective and understanding. Otherwise, you would have merely become angry, bitter and withholding instead of generous and sharing following the dark time. It seems to me that the good and bad times enhance who we are. No judgement intended, simply an observation.

The kindness of your words right now, right here, makes me feel very connected to you and grateful that our paths crossed. Thank you for your gift of openness and willingness to share, revealing a heart as big as Texas. I appreciate your understanding that my feelings are the result of situational life events and does not reflect all of who I am. I appreciate the fact that you don't judge or lecture or preach, which only serves to make me feel worse. I am a survivor, but it comes as a process, with time and effort. Guilt over not being "Pollyanna" only adds to the load. I refuse to be apologetic for being authentic. Thank you, A.A., for understanding, which is said sincerely from the depths of my heart.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You have discovered the essence of LIVING, Amy - if it's not one thing it's another. Regardless, it's still better than the alternative!


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

You got that right, drbj! Staying busy is the best therapy I know. I prefer having my mind on the task at hand rather than mulling over what is already done.


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

Amy I love your rhyme schemes. Everything just flows so well. :) You have a way with words. I love the one about the girl bothered by her baby brother. It's just so mundane and natural. No one would ever stumble over the idea of that happening. You're a natural Amy. :)


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

Awww, CrazedNovelist, You've made my day. I love hearing that you find relevance in this piece and that the flow is natural. Sometimes, that natural flow is the trickiest part! Your comment is so fresh, and I love your specificity, as I learn so much from that kind of feedback. Thank you so much, my friend.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Loved this. You're so right. If it's not one thing it's another.


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

Thank you, Gypsy. I think that's life for most of us!


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izettl 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

Well you know I can relate! I am amazed at how you can use anythign to inspire and rhyme and rythm the things you do! Well done, no exceptional. I'm going to link it to a couple of my hubs. Let me go fiugre out which but I know I have a few that it pertains to! Thanks this is great Amy!


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

Thank you, izettl. I am so pleased that you relate to this, as I composed it with you in mind. You rock!


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