Love that Keeps

Old woman, though bent and blind

Sees the past where hope you find

Strength in softness you're designed

It's love that keeps you intertwined

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Faded blue in a face that's lined

Releasing light that flickers kind

Casts no shadows cross your mind

It's love that keeps you intertwined

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With passing time, you look behind

Defying a contract never signed

Resist the rust of the disinclined

It's love that keeps you intertwined

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Childlike faith in prayers that defined

Beauty with innocence stands aligned

A golden speck amongst mankind

It's love that keeps you intertwined

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Stayed the path you were assigned

A rebellious rose rendered refined

Pressed in yellow pages to remind

It's love that keeps you intertwined

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

"Faded blue in a face that's lined

Releasing light that flickers kind

Casts no shadows cross your mind"

There are no apologies, no excuses....there is acceptance, understanding and acquiescence.

"With passing time, you look behind

Defying a contract never signed

Resist the rust of the disinclined"

There is no being mired in regret or in decisions not made...she is not "stuck" or stymied by ruing the past...she moves forward with wisdom.

"Childlike faith in prayers that defined

Beauty with innocence stands aligned

A golden speck amongst mankind"

She lived with dignity and direction; she did not sway, nor did she waver from her inner "goodness," "purity," and is steadfast (though not in a contrived way; but a natural, innate truth of deep character) and confident while maintaining her innocence...she stands apart as a good and true woman.

"Stayed the path you were assigned

A rebellious rose rendered refined

Pressed in yellow pages to remind"

this one speaks so beautifully of a willful yet gracious, respectable older woman, now...

I don't know if this is what you meant but, dear Amy, this is how I read it. So much respect for an elegant soul.

Again, exceptionally beautiful metaphor with such deep content. All ups but funny.


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

You've just painted the perfect picture, Kathy, exactly as I intended, of Irene, my 89-year old, ex mother-in-law, with absolute clarity. I help her with her housekeeping in the little, 1-bedroom, gov't subsidized apartment, where she lives across the bridge in Granite City, IL. She amazes me with her strong attitude, despite the fact she is blind, and suffering from an age related muscle syndrome from the after effects of polio as a child. She is sharp as a tack and funny as hell. We both have a lot of fun during my visits at her place. She rarely gets out anymore, as navigating outside her familiar space is too difficult. Yet, despite the many obstacles in her life, she remains a positive force. I love her to pieces. Today was my first visit in about 2 months due to MacGregor's illness and helping my mother. The time away made me realize how much I missed her.

Thank you so much, Kathy, for giving my piece your undivided attention, which is evident in your impressively perceptive synopsis. I love you, my sweet, sensitive, caring friend for all the kindness you show me and especially for the love you bring to the lives of once unwanted, neglected animals. In the end, through you, those critters become the luckiest in the world.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Among the 'luckiest in the world,' Amy, are your mother and ex mother-in-law who are the beneficiaries of your love and caring. God bless!


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

Awww, dear drbj, that is the sweetest thing you could have said. Both of these incredibly, beautiful, important women in my life have expressed sincere appreciation for my efforts. Me mum often says "What would I do without you". Today, Irene told me at least a dozen times how much she missed me during my absense while I cared for MacGregor during his illness.

I gain so much for having them in my life. I am the "lucky" one. Love you, my friend.


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epigramman 4 years ago

....another fine dimension to your writing Amy is you are a great narrative poet and storyteller - a lot of poets paint with imagery and pretty words but you are very much like the epi-man in that regard where you tell a grand story with the economy of well chosen words to create a mood or in order to make your point - it's a style you have which is all of your own - and your vocabulary is second to none (I have even have to look up some of these words - lol)

lake erie time 12:33am


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

You've left me with a very interesting comment to ponder, Colin. I hadn't really analyzed my work in that way, but now that you mention it, I've given it some thought. My inspiration always comes from something that's happened, either personally or a newsworthy event. I wonder about the methodology other poets use to arrive at the conception of a piece. I've wondered if my writing is too "tight" as opposed to a freer form. But, I think there is no right or wrong. Like my paintings, my style is kind of "creative precision", for lack of a real term. I like your words better in "it's a style you have which is all your own". I consider that a supreme compliment from a man with enough imagination to rock the world, and does everyday at the hub. Thank you, Mr. C.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well as you know dear Amy - all stories come from .....real life - or - imagined. And whether you choose to tell a story based on real life - or an imaginary one (as I often do) you are still are a world class storyteller because you take your words and turn them into poetic magic - and your readers take this amazing journey with you.

lake erie time 2:21am


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

Magnificently stated, Colin, as only you can do, in your own magically poetic way. I appreciate your totally awesome comment.


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

I'm catching up on HP since I've been away and found this beautiful hub. Thanks for a good read.


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

I'm so glad you landed here. Thank you for your kind words.


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

Beauty is where we find it in our lives. Wonderful write and never were words truer than those you have written here.


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

I want to hit the "like" button on BobbiRant's comment....always an astute and honest, no BS commentor


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

Bobbi, my friend, I cannot image fewer words with more truth than your words, "Beauty is where we find it in our lives." Thank you, Bobbi


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

I second that emotion, Kathy!!!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up .This is so wonderful. Sorta all tangled up in love.


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

A lifetime of love along with all the trials and tribulations we all experience...and then some. Thanks, Gypsy!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Faded blue in a face that's lined, how very beautiful Amy. I love your poetry...


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

Your comments always touch me, Ruby. Thank you feels so lame, but I do thank you for your kindness.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

So true and so beautiful are your words here. Loved how you wove your words on this piece. I hit many buttons.


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

Dear Minnetonka Twin, Love your awesome comment. Thank you for reading my piece. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

Awww, so romantic Amy... awesome, awe inspiring, amazing, Amy!! Good job! :)


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

Dear Aubrey, awww, you are too sweet. Thank you so much for your awesome words that continue to encourage me.

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