In Need of A Rescue

Bloom's off the rose beat from the heat

Rendering the visual in a hot, sticky treat

Without the ambition to put feet to fleet

In need of a rescue off the mean city street

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Just silent pretty candy posed in defeat

Seen as less than zero on the downbeat

Posted at the door with grace you greet

In need of a rescue off the mean city street

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July in St. Louie buckles the concrete

Stripping in a way less than discreet

Survival of the fittest becomes a cheat

In need of a rescue off the mean city street

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Neediness begs for a hand in retreat

Out of the sun with a place at love's seat

Gentle care brings life back in replete

Supplying a rescue off the mean city street

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A castaway rises from the ashes of obsolete

Changing destiny to a landscape of complete

A place in the world now scented sweet

Brought by a rescue off the mean city street

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I think it''s about time you get the heck out of St. Louis! That city is way too dangerous to live in. Head out west and we'll show you a slower lifestyle, a safer lifestyle....and I'll buy you a mocha for your troubles.

Lovely poem but then this is Amy; she only does lovely, even when describing the underbelly of St. Louis.

Let me know when you're heading out; I'll leave the light on for ya!


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

Two days ago, there was a double fatal shooting at an apartment complex about a mile from mine. Yesterday, there was a shooting in a policecar that is under investigation now. Today, an unoccupied home in Fenton exploded, leaving me to wonder if it was another meth lab. The neighbors reported being blown back 3-feet within their own homes due to the violence of the explosion. Yes, Bill, my poem was intended to send the message that you got. But, you know what inspired this one? A beautiful, neglected, forgotten plant that sat in the blistering sun, outside my door, during our extended 108 degree days. I've been watering it and trying to move it to shade, yet keep it in the vicinity of the landlord's intent. Yesterday, I couldn't stand by and watch it die. I brought it in, put it under a cool shower, pruned the dead blooms from it and it looks amazing today. I'm leaving it in my apt until the worst of the intense heat allows it to soak up some sun without being fried. Yeah, I'm nuts, Bill, and although the poem is about St. Louis, I used the vagabond plant to tell the tale. Thank you, friend, for your very caring comment.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Nice work Amy. I'm still reading.

The Frog


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

Awww, I'm still reading your's, too. Can't help myself...you are good.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Amy - Lately we have had days at 105 plus here in Texas. It becomes an endurance contest sometimes in the summer. I am glad to be back in Texas because this is a great place to live and work.

Be sweet,

TFP


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Very vivid picture ..... Heat, the street, St. Louis ...... And what an offer from a friend ;)

Great poem and great fellow Hubbers, hugs to both :)

Voting up and awesome!


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

Here in St. Louis, we are in our 9th day of temps that hover around 106 degrees. The drought cancelled most of the fireworks. I heard it stated on the news that the intensity of the sun combined with the dry grass can spontaneously start a fire!!! One woman baked chocolate chip cookies on the dash of her car. Everyone here is hanging on the hopes of the forecast for rain soon and relief in temperatures in the 90's! Everything is relative. I'm glad to hear that you are happy in Texas. I hope you haven't put away your dream of Costa Rica though...


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

LaThing, Thank you kindly. Although my poem was about the summer misery and conditions of life in the city, this piece was inspired by the "plant" I saved from the brutal heat. With a little relief in the form of some loving care, I saved a life...so to speak. Crazy, I know. Still, I can see I made a difference.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Saving that plant, dear Amy, was just one of the kind things you do. Your beautiful poetic line: 'Gentle care brings life back in replete' reminded me of your loving and tender care of Mac.

Please be careful when you venture out on those mean streets. Intense prolonged extreme temperatures can send people 'over the edge.'


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I can relate Amy. It's 103 today. I baby my plants too. I live in a very small town with no crime reported but Evansville, In. Is close and the crime there is unbelievable. It is the times, people out of work, uncertainty about the economy brings out the bad vibes. Stay safe..Hugs


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

Dear drbj, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is where I live now. Two weeks ago, the credit union I do business with, directly across the street, was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight for the 4th time in a year. I just heard the news that a crazed, angry man here in South St. Louis just shot at and hit one pre-teen in a group lighting firecrackers. The police went into the shooter's home and brought out an arsenal of guns and ammo. The youngster is going to be fine, but all the children are scared out of their wits. The heat, the economy and joblessness are driving people to desperate acts. Our jails are full, with prisoners now being warehoused on the floor of the prison library or wherever there is empty space. I'm stayin' inside with my plants!!!! Thank you, my friend, for your powers of observation, especially relating to my sweet MacGregor. Love you


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

Dear Ruby, I feel like we are kindred spirits, with a shared belief that all life is valueable.

The temperature got to 106 degrees again today, now in the 10th day of this heatwave. It definitely fuels an already angry population. I just heard the job numbers for the month, which is what I knew to be the case, with few new jobs. The national news put a more realistic spin on the numbers with the statement that many have given up and the numbers of unemployed are, in actuality, in the double digits. Obama can no longer spin the numbers in away that will allow me to trust him, like I once did. I know the truth because I am living it.

I am glad to hear that live in a relatively crime-free area, Ruby. It makes resting at night much more peaceful, even though you need no beauty sleep.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow Amy.. I love this poem.. so awesome.. I can feel the heat from this poem..

voted way way up and awesome

Debbie


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

Awwww, thank you, Debbie. I am hoping, like everyone else in St. Louis, that the meterologists are correct in saying that after tomorrow the triple digit temps should end and we should enjoy the blessing of some much needed rain. Relatively speaking, 90 sounds like a cool spell!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I think it's time for a change. Up and awesome.


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

I gotta believe, change is coming! Thank you, Pop!


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myownlife 4 years ago from london

another come back, beautifully delivered.

awesome.


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

Thank you so much for your kind, supportive comment, myownlife! It is greatly appreciated.


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epigramman 4 years ago

....you are still and far away one of the best 'lyrical' poets here at the Hub Amy and although the subject matter here is grim and dismal - you always manage to tell a story through your poetic narrative and leave food for thought - no wonder your readers are the smartest ones around .... lake erie time 7:19pm


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

Well, Colin, here you are! One of the smartest ones around. At least my grim tale has a happy ending, as the plant I rescued has a host of new blooms and a spring in its foliage now. It's lookin' good, which brings me enormous satisfaction. Of course, you caught the analogy in the story I am stating. Unfortunately, many of those stories do not end happily ever after. Thank you, my friend, for your caring and support.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Amy it's time for a new location. Wow and here I keep romanticizing St. Louis with Judy Garland's musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Right during the good ole' days. Hope all is well and be careful. Maybe now's the time to get an ever faithful dobberman???


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

Dear Gypsy, Too soon for another pup, but the city is not what I'd thought it would be. I miss the open spaces and privacy. I am living in a secure apartment building, and I like the ease of nearby conveniences, but it is dangerous. During this heatwave, even the temperature was highest in the city. It's really a dirty, hot, stinking mess. The movies romanticize everything beyond the realm of reality! Even Judy Garland couldn't put this Humpty Dumpty back together again! I enjoyed your comment, Gypsy. Thank you


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Amy, I think our society; our world is in a state of cusp....where we could easily be pushed either way....to failure, anger, aggression, psychic canibalism, devastation.....or the other way; to forgiveness, kindness, awareness, compassion and healing. right now, to me; it appears as if the entire world is going a little crazy....no! A LOT crazy! Across this planet there is destruction, chaos, riots in the street and cruelty beyond belief. When our actual physical environment is exploding; we respond in kind...or so it appears...all nerves stretched to the limit; defensive mode, distrust and mayhem....mean streets. It's getting a little scary out there...most big cities are rife with increasing violence; law breaking; it's almost as if we've fallen into a nihilistic attitude and outlook. Survival of the fittest. Very negative observations but...turn on the news; open the morning papers, listen carefully....what do we see, read and hear? There still is beauty but, right now; chaos seems to reign...or so it seems.


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

Kathy, I think there is always good and bad at any given point in time. Sometimes, I think where an individual is personally at any given time can also color the scope of impressions about the world in general. The onslaught began for me 2 years ago, when the economy took my job. I am still struggling and no matter how strong I try to be, the hits keep coming. This, I am certain, affects my view of the world. Still, there is no denying the ugly political climate, the devastation we see due to global climate changes, increasing homelessness, hunger and crime. I see daily news about the relentless slaughtering of innocents in Syria, young people dying or coming home to America from the war without limbs, jobs or homes. Fighting seems to be everywhere, from our government in Washington, D.C., the streets of St. Louis to across the globe.

There is still good in the world, in people like you, Lucky Cats and others I have met at the hub, but the prevailing sentiment that I see is a reflection of the devastating global economic crisis. Fear about the future has cast a shadow on good people. Unemployment has created desperation and crime is rampant when there is hopelessness. The fact that the situation is so far-reaching, difficult to turn around, and affects so many on a global scale, is hard to ignore. It's not my nature to be a pessimist, but I am a realist now. Until I can see real change, since I am unwilling to pretend, it is difficult to be upbeat. I also believe nothing is impossible. Things can change. Hope springs eternal.


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

What poetry. Do you ever put it to music yourself? You seem like a born songwriter from everything I've read.


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

Letitia, I have no musical talent. I would welcome a collaborative effort with someone who does. Maybe someday that might happen, as even the possibility makes me happy. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful thought with me.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Again, just beautiful, Amy. I love how your poem can start off down in the dumps, but then in the end it is so uplifting. This is truly inspirational. Keep up the good work!


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

Thank you, Suzette. My basic premise is that no matter where life lands me, hope springs eternal. Although no one is in control of all the chinks thrown at our armor, each of us has the power to achieve our dreams as long as we are alive. Thank you for your motivating support and encouragement, Suzette.

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