Just Hangin' Out

The world, at large, is smaller today

Boundaries blurred, nowhere too far away

No holds barred with nothin' to weigh

Just hangin out with it all on display

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Thinkin' you're clever with a fantasy to convey

Just another stalker in anonymity you sway

Monkey on a twisted branch gonna give way

Just hangin out with it all on display

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Chosen words plucked gather a rosy bouquet

Leaving a stench on your coat like dumpster decay

Underestimating the guile who holds you at bay

Just hangin' out with it all on display

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Flattering fool engorging on a feast day

Singin' the blues while missin' match play

Nary a victim as they stroll away

Just hangin' out with it all on display

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So, on to the next, you hit replay

Spin an old record with nothin' new to say

Only tears fallin' leave the bird of prey

Just hangin' out with it all on display

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a great indictment on modern living and consumerism...and vanity...and ego...so much packed into so few words. Well done my friend!

I hope this finds you happy today; have a great Sunday!


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

Thanks, Bill. I really appreciate your encouragement and support.

I hope your Sunday is a great one, too! It's a little warmer today, more seasonable, actually. A couple of days ago it got down to the high 40's at night, after a week of 90's! It's never boring.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Wow, wonderful poem, so deep! This is the first time I came accross your poetry..... This is great "just hangin' out with it all on display", great line!

Voting up.....


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Oh, well done, Amy! Whoo!


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

LaThing, Thank you for "takin' a chance' and stopping by. I am grateful for your time and your words.


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

Will, I love the "Whoo"! Merci beaucoup!


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Jlava73 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

Awesome and Inspired piece Amy!


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

Jlava, thank you so much!


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

Hi Amy: Dumpster decay is a great image and says it all for me. Great poem for the disenchanted. Hugs.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow what a great poem.. I love it.. voted up

Debbie


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

Hi Gerry, I'm looking at things differently now. The only certainty in life is there are no certainties. I have a natural tendency to be reserved, standing back, observing before I act. It serves me well. I see our elected leaders, entrusted to act in the best interest of the people, or those that think they are meant for leadership, such as John Edwards, and I figure that if the "cream of the crop" are often discovered to be lowlifes, first impressions aren't to be trusted. All in good time. Trust is earned. Disenchantment is about right. Thank you, Gerry, for your astute comment.


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Very well done Amy! love the meanings invoked in each line and your choise of rhythm. Very nice!

-KD


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

Dear KD, thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate you taking the time to come by and leave your encouraging words of support.


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

Dear Debbie, Thank you so much. Your support keeps me inspired!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is the first poem of your I have come across and I am pleased I did. I love it, great rhythm and well woven words.


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

Oh, Rosemary, thank you, your words warm my heart.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Quite a way with words Amy! Well done. You're a poet and you know it. Well, I know it. Actually we all know it now:)


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

Your words just made you the "Sunshine" of my literary life! You made my day! Thank you.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Your words made my night! We're even!:)


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

Sunshine, you are adorable.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 4 years ago from Southern California

Your imagery is wonderful and your poem is a spot on indictment of what our society has become. Well said, my dear!!!


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

Thank you, Sylvia. Hope you and yours are doing well. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving words that inspire me to keep on keepin' on.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

In my mind I got the image of a gentleman caller, bouncing from one love to another. A silver tongue devil, leaving broken hearts in his wake. My vivid imagination...


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

No, Augustine, give credit to your brilliant brain. However, no broken heart here. I've learned and always stand back and take stock before jumping in. It's more a ditty about the perils of life on the 'net today. And, it doesn't take a P.I. to figure things out. It's spelled out, waiting, in front of your nose, if you open your eyes. Yet, how often do we see savvy, sophisticated, mature women see only what they want to see. Dateline is full of stories where women are duped and devastated by online relationships. Just like in real life, virtual reality leaves a trail. Wake up and smell the coffee or suffer the consequences. It's no different than the mantra my parents instilled when I was growing up "back in the day". Not much has changed at core. Thank you, my friend.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. So many different emotions and feelings come shining through. The Internet certainly has left little to the imagination.


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

Dear Gypsy, Thank you so much. I think one of the problems with internet love is that it is all about imagination, misrepresentation and misinterpretation. Absent are body language and the nuances of face to face communications. Anyone can say anything online. With the desire for love on most Top 10 lists, it's risky business, at the least. If I must error, I'd rather be on the side of caution.

I appreciate your words, Gypsy, as they keep me inspired and motivated. Thank you


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

You've said A LOT in this poem of yours, Amy. To be pondered...

Voted up and thought-provoking :)


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

Thanks, Martie, for your vote of confidence!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Wow. When you write like this, it has the power of a whole narrative condensed in a pithy verse. The message clear, there's no hiding place for misrepresented and misbehavers. Your gaze is a powerful piercing poetry focused on falsehood and 'dumpster decay' . Voted up/ awesome as always.


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

I have found there are those that see the "big picture, Docmo, from the outset. Scientists, doctors like yourself, the "Einsteins", the innovators that invent new technology, that change lives, in ways that bring the good with the bad. For mere mortals, like myself, the learning curve takes hands on and experience with time. The big picture is there, in living color today, with eyes wide open. At first, the internet felt like magic. But, the beauty is...there is no magic. Sometimes, for me, reminding myself that what's got me puzzled, mystified or confused doesn't happen with a swirl of a wand. I do have control. For some, "magical thinking", much like when we are children, can produce a feeling that some things are beyond control...they just happen because they are magically supposed to. But, that kind of thinking leaves one powerless to do what is necessary to be happy, fulfilled by achieving goals. My experiences online have relayed a high degree of those that hide behind anonymity. But, with eyes that "want" to see, it doesn't take long to find that their "magic" is a power trip behind a facade. The only power they transmit is in the hands of those that want to believe in boogie woogie. I get exasperated when I watch "Dateline" and repeatedly hear the stories of women who were duped by online predators, after ignoring their gut. It works the other way, too, where women have lied to men. That's not to say that online communications can't be fun. But, it's not magic and we are still responsible for our own caution and care. And, a creep in still a creep, no matter where.

Just like in a real life, Mohan, all things are not what they may seem, or we'd like to believe. Sadly, some experiences don't give the victim a second chance. Thank you, my most gorgeous and sincere friend, for your inspiring and encouraging words.


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epigramman 4 years ago

such depth - always loved your last 'repeat' - you are an amazing woman Miss B - Mac is a lucky dog to have someone like you - and my memories (our memories) shall never go forgotten - you gave me grace in living, confidence to be me and always a good listener in the true friend that you are - and I have been proud to watch you grow and mature as a world class writer - lake erie time 1:29pm


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

Writing is sublime. Some say they would write even without an audience. I am not so noble. Without eyes that see the words inside each writer, minds that grasp the meaning, hearts that feel the message, what is the point? Like a painting, its inspiration and creation is meant to be seen.

I credit my new found passion for poetry in you, Colin. You inspired by example, encouraged with your words and set me on a path I would never have taken, had I not met you. Thank you


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

You are so talented!! Up and awesome.


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

Oh, breakfastpop, you make my heart sing!

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