It Heals Me

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Unsuspecting, safe within their nest

I share goblets of smiles

And the happenings on our block


You have haunted me all day

But contrived and clement diversions

Keep your memory at bay


Now boldly you materialize in conversation

Caught and cornered I concede

Once again washed in the need to grieve


Tripping out the back door apologetically

Down the street to beat the tears, I race

So I might sob in solitude


Eventually I slump into a hard wooden chair

The heaviness weighing on me like a lead blanket

I ease my laptop open absentmindedly


The music pours over me like warm honey

And I feel the sadness slide down my thighs

Like last night's dress just a puddle on the floor


A chill scrambles the length of my neck

Dances up my cheeks on prickly toes

I close my eyes and cannot restrain a smile


The beat a potent seed, takes root in my pelvis

And there a liquid gyroscope untethered

Paints syrupy circles looping through the air


Within my ribs a wild bird of prey

Pounds against its confinement

Knocking its cage to the rhythm of his song


My lips mouth the words, the delicious words

And I am lost, my body a supple blade of grass

Stroked by a burgeoning melodic breeze


Atop a private mountain, bending in fertile sway

I have surrendered to the dictates of the music

Mercifully, it leaves no room for pain



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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

Now that's what I'm talking about. Music!!! For me, it's part of everything I do..: dancing, writing, sculpting, listening, my muses, my loves, my friends - it's in everything, like an exquisite movie soundtrack.

I hear it constantly. Don't you see? It's life...the life we choose that leaves no room for pain...an incredible brace of melodies for both you and me.

Right this minute, for me, it's Amy Lee singing

"Good enough

I feel good enough

It's been such a long time coming

But I feel good"

Much love and happiness, my good friend.. =)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Lovely, lovely, lovely, Randy. You have captured feeling and emotion as physical sensations. Very cleverly done:

"The music pours over me like warm honey

And I feel the sadness slide down my thighs

Like last night's dress just a puddle on the floor

A chill scrambles the length of my neck

Dances up my cheeks on prickly toes

I close my eyes and cannot restrain a smile"

Marked up and beautiful, my talented friend.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

Beautiful testament to the power of music.


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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

Cool stuff!!


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

Beautiful and full of emotions.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

A naturalistic treat Randy.;)


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I love this...so many interesting and beautiful images. Thanks RB.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Morning BB! I often forget to seek out music and then realize all that time I could have ben listening to it. Luckily I have friends who keep it paramount in their lives and I get swept up in their festival going and concert plans. Thanks for the great comment BB.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Greetings TL. You picked my favorite part and the part I wrote first. As the experience was happening I stopped and wrote that section down. Later I went back and tried to explain the rest of the experience. I tend to write in two ways. Either it pours from me and I just try to stay out of its way, like those two stanzas or I create, manipulate, tweak and fuss over it. Thank you for the praise :)


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Absolutely lovely. Voted up and beautiful.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi Tom. For those of us that can't play or sing on key their is often dance. Its funny that I have no musical talent and yet it has such a strong effect on me.

Hello gguy. Thanks for coming by.

PMP I'm glad you liked this one.

Hi MA. I guess I am kinda earthy.

Morning alekhouse. Thank you for your kind words. I can always count on you.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Awesome Randy - I love poetry and music. I'm in a great area with tons of concert venues and I go to lots of them. I even had to see J - Beebs (that took guts:)!

Your poetry is amazing!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks for the votes Fay. I appreciate you coming by for a read.

Your so sweet RHW. We have a lot of talent around here too. I have no idea who J-Beebs is. I will have to Youtube them now.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ha! Justin Beiber! Lol! Terrible!


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damian0000 5 years ago from Belfast

Beautiful poem --- it has a musical quality and rhythm itself, you can't say much better than this :-)


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

You mention not having musical talent in the comments -- perhaps that is why it has such an affect on you. The mystical qualities adds to its power over you. Enjoyed this...


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flying_fish 5 years ago from GTA

Wonderfully evocative, as usual Randy! I always get a delightful montage in mind when I read you. Beautiful imagery in an awesome poem!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

RHW too funny :) Yea that went right over my head. My nine year old says he sings like a girl, so I think I will be spared from this one teen idol.

Hey Damian. Thanks for the comment. I can feel the rhythm I just can't carry a tune. My father had a natural ear and when I'd sing while doing the dishes he would beg me to stop.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

If that is true Doug, do you think non writers enjoy or are effected by poetry more than poets?

Hi flying fish. I think in pictures so it stands to reason :) Thank you for the compliment.


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Scarlett My Dear 5 years ago from Missouri

Dear Randy,

Your poem is lovely, wild, and titillates body and soul! So glad I stopped in to be healed. Your honest voice is refreshing! Thank you.

~Scarlett


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

My dearest Scarlett, it is lovely to meet you. Thanks for finding me.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

And I could not restrain a smile reading this hub. Thanks for sharing!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks for stopping in Sally. The swapping of smiles continues on.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

"I am worth a million in prizes," sings Iggy Pop...and so is Randy Behavior. Don't ever stop--because you're worth a million.

Thanks for the poem, Randy.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks for popping in Randslam, I've missed you.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

I've missed you too...been busy writing and editing. I'm editing a huge novel, and time is money...so I haven't been able to spend any time on HP. Thanks for the welcoming words, Randy.

Later we will speak again...I'm sure.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

How come i've studied English for fifty nine years and can't come up with such a syrupy,

emotion packed cobwebb of words? Probably because i use cobwebb, when you would find fifty thousand better choices. Great poem though Randy. Cheers.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

I like "cobwebb of words" and I really like this comment! Thanks attemptedhumour :)


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W. B. Isley 5 years ago from Monett, MO

Nailed it once again. I love reading your poems. They always hit home, wherever that happens to be at the time. Great work once again!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Glad we are in sync WB :)


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

To express oneself is genius, to have the talent and gift you have to expose yourself in so many ways is artistic. I felt the heat, I heard the music and listened to the beat.

Life without music is no life at all. Don't ever stop the beat and dance into tomorrows, never ceasing to enjoy the breathlessness of it all. A wonderful scribe, Bravo.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Funny I never thought myself an exhibitionist, but I suppose in my quite little way I am. Thanks Saddle ;)


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W. B. Isley 5 years ago from Monett, MO

It would seem we are all exhibitionists, whether anyone else is watching or not. In your case, it is your mind that people see, after that it is the pictures that you conjure with your words. Your mind is always on exhibition with each of these creations.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

That's true WB. In true life I work really hard to "dance like nobody is watching." I'm forever worried what others will think of me.


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W. B. Isley 5 years ago from Monett, MO

Miss Randy,

I heard an old alcoholic who'd been sober for 20 years once say in a mixed meeting, "I know what everyone of you is thinking about right now." That caught everyone's attention, and he finished with, "You're thinking about yourself."

This stuck with me. That meeting was over 18 years ago. I took from this revelation about human nature that it really doesn't matter what my actions are. Virtually everyone is preoccupied with themselves in one way or another. So, keep dancing like no one is watching. They aren't. (Granted, with a figure like that, all you'll get is appreciation.)

The biggest gift I can leave with you for this comment is, try not worry about how others think of you "in true life." Typically others are worried about the same thing, and thus thinking about themselves.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks WB :)


Claudia Schönfeld 5 years ago

oh i love to surrender to music...there's power in this..beautiful images..music pouring like warm honey and sadness sliding down thighs like last night's dress..i can feel this..


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi Claudia! I'm glad you could feel this one, that makes me grin.

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