No Doubt Love

Linked we stand locked in free will

Polarized you run as I stand still

Battle of the wits runs up the hill

No doubt that love will survive the chill

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Antagonizing discourse sounds a fire drill

You stand your ground as I roll downhill

Genetic obstinance tenders a bittersweet pill

No doubt that love will survive the chill

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Symbiotic concoction mixes a neurotic distill

Addiction to chaos needs another refill

Resolution escaping into the abyss of the nil

No doubt that love will survive the chill

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Beautiful dreamer with no need for frill

Quiet I watch the destiny you try to fullfill

I see that you've watched what I tried to instill

No doubt that love will survive the chill

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Strength's compassion the score you spill

Underdog receives your hand of goodwill

Wearing lack of malice is dressed to kill

No doubt that love will survive the chill

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All Grown Up

Megan, my daughter
Megan, my daughter

Lovely Little One

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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

I had no doubt there is a lot of love behind this Hub of yours. Love goes where it is sent. Sending it your way.


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

Astoundingly beautiful poem from mother to daughter...so much here that reflects the truth...and there is also a deep respect for the woman she is becoming...remember! she is YOUR daughter...what is that we say about the acorn not falling far from the tree? Well, dear friend Amy, take a bow and receive your well deserved accolades...a job (still unfolding) well done. Much warm wishes coming to you, your lovely daughter and your sweet companion in spirit. Another fabulously beautiful work of art, Amy! All ups but funny!!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

This is adorable! Mother, daughter relationship - unconditional love! I have three daughters, and I know how it feels. Precious!

Loved reading it, voting up and awesome!


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

Awww, perspycacious, what a lovely thing to say. Back at ya!


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

Dear sweet Kathy, Yes, I adore her, yet we lock horns, which is ironically, part of why I love her so. She is no one's pawn and I learn from her, too. She is never wishy-washy including her devotion to me...and all animals, Lucky Cats. She reminds me of you. The abominable trailer where she lives has mice...which she not only recognizes but has named. She is like St. Francis in the animals have no fear of Megan. They gravitate to her. She once stopped on a dark road (which still gives me chills) to rescue the babies from a dead opossum. She transported them to a local wildlife rescue and refuge, where each and every one of the five babies survived! Megan, despite the obstacles, will never look away from anyone in need, be it a critter or human, plant or life in any form.

A special thank you to you, Kathy, for mentioning my MacGregor. Not a day will ever go by where I don't think of him. I have a painting that I did of his beautiful face, and I swear, his eyes follow me. He is in my soul and part of me forever. Love sent your way, my friend.


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

Dear LaThing, Wow, my hat goes off to you raising three daughters. It takes enormous energy and limitless love, which is returned ten-fold. I am so glad you relate to my piece. Thank you for your time and beautiful comment.


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odnesor 4 years ago from Hilongos, Leyte, Philippines

Wow, very nice poem. I enjoy reading it 5 times.


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

Oh, odnesor, I can't think of any nicer compliment. Thank you so much.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Such a beautiful daughter with a beautiful mom. They say that father son relationships are strong, but I have never found that to be the case. Mother and daughter bonds are as strong as cemented steel. I have always been envious of that.

Your daughter's giving nature is the link between the both of you. I sincerely hope she isn't bogged down by the human parasites that gravitate towards that. Another poem that could never be mistaken for anyone elses.


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

Thank you, my friend, Augustine. I gained strength only as I got older. Megan already has it. I am glad she is a quicker study than I, because you honed in on the very issue I worry about in human parasites taking advantage of a giving nature. Megan, through experience, puts more faith in the critters she loves. Their purity and innate basic goodness feels more deserving of love than the ulterior motives of so many ego-centric human beings.

Love your comments, A.A. and I especially love your compassionate heart.


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pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand

This is so very beautiful and I relate well to it. I remember the battle of wits scenes, the obstinate nature of an independent thinking daughter that is naturally loving and kind. My daughter was akin to the pied piper when it comes to underdogs, her compassion, kindness and love means she does not see any hidden agendas one might have.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

A really beautiful poem for a beautiful daughter! I read your profile too.

I am so happy we finally met on here. You are a daily inspiration for me! I voted this up..beautiful & Awesome...shared too. :) hugs! Have a blessed day Amy!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Terrific poem and yes clearly you will survive the chill. What a beautiful family.


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Matthew Weese 4 years ago from Auburn

Great expression of your feelings for your child.


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

Dear Penny, My Megan spots the cons, but still feels sympathy and compassion. She and I are of the same mindset that the majority of the downtrodden would not chose that path. Many suffer mental illness, inflicted by trauma, abuse or circumstances beyond their control. The economy now has created a "dog eat dog" society and seeing the homeless or stray animals is viewed as bad for business for the local leaders here. So, not only are they suffering untold misery, they have become the hidden society, left with no help and little compassion. When I worked downtown STL, where there is heavy homeless foot traffic, I was chastised by co-workers for enabling the "bums" if I gave them a dollar or a cigarette. It sounds like our daughters are kindred spirits, Penny. Thank you


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

Dear Jo, There are no words for how much your comment means to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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

Dear Pop, Megan is very conscious of others. She notices everything and sometimes has difficulty sleeping after seeing the sadness and pitiful circumstances that both people and animals endure...and still smile or in the case of abandoned animals, wag their tail. I remember my dad telling me when I was a young adult, as he worried "Amy, you have to develop a tougher skin. You cannot help everyone." Yet, I watched my dad, champion of the underdog, time and again, go out of his way to help a stranger in need. Genetics? Maybe a degree of that, but, for good or bad, we learn by example. I am glad Megan has a heart of gold, but I worry about her in the same way my dad did about me. Thank you, Pop


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

Thank you, Matthew. I appreciate your time and your kind message to me.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Hi Amy, what a lovely poem! I LOVE the way you portray reality with your poems.... You use the best words; every word is a 'story'. I am so behind in reading and in fact in such a rebellious mood because I/we just don't have enough time on our hands to do everything we must AND would like to do.

I've heart about MacGregor via Augustine's poem and will come back to see if you've written a poem about him besides the one I've read about the fatal diagnosis. I was hoping that he would survive for another year or more for you to enjoy; I really did not expect him to go so quickly.... So, I am crying with you...

Take care! You are one of those special people who crawls so easily into the hearts of all who have the privilege to meet you.

Your daughter is beautiful and yes, of course, she must know that love will survive all chills.....


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

Oh, Martie, thank you so much. I did write two other poems about MacGregor called "Under the Spell" and "Dreams that Matter". I think I wrote another that I dedicated to him...something with "Candle" in the title, I can't even remember now... Too many thoughts going through my head these days.

Mac's cancer, called TCC, and described in detail on websites about Scottish Terriers, although rare, is a common death sentence for the breed. It is extremely aggressive, and as is often the case, spread quickly from Mac's bladder out into his ureters in a week. He was having great difficulty walking his last day and I carried him back from his last walk-about. Many times, TCC spreads to the bones, which I believe happened with my pup. I keep thinking about, despite his obvious discomfort at the end, how he sat in the passenger seat on his last car ride, with his beautiful, regal head held high, like the stoic magnificent Scottie man he was. I will always remember how brave he bore up, waiting to feel better, not yet knowing his fate. Oh, Martie...its unbearable. But, MacGregor died with dignity and I must go on. He would want that.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Your daughter, Megan, is beautiful and special, Amy. Like her mother of course. I can see her giving heart in her eyes in the grown-up photo, and an independent streak in her young face where she wears the temporary tattoo. May you always be as close as I am fortunate to be with my daughter.

Your poetry, as you already know, has your creative, imaginative stamp.


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pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand

Kindred spirits indeed Amy. It is sad that society has allowed them to become hidden. You and your daughter are what make this a more beautiful world. Thank you.


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

Dear beautiful drbj, Wow, you nailed Megan in your synopsis. Can you see the oppositional defiance in her lovely face-painted expression? At 3 years old, when every conversation was a test of wills, I saw a psychologist with Megan. He told me about oppositional defiant personality disorder, which he suspected. His advise to me was to pick my battles carefully, meaning life and death was where I put my foot down. Otherwise, he believed I would spend all my time arguing. With or without his advise, I would have come to that conclusion, as I was getting worn out already! Megan has a generous, giant heart, but there are issues. As an adult, she will have to arrive at her own decisions as to how to deal with them. I remain at her beck and call...in limbo, really. I suppose we all are, in one way or another. Life is not perfect. We love the best we can and in some respects, I have had to adopt some semblance of "let the chips fall where they may". Otherwise, I will go mad. Thank you for listening, drbj. I value your comments more than you will ever know.


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

Dear Penny, We all have strengths and weaknesses. From the saints to the sinners, not one is perfect. The corporate world has a well earned reputation for intolerance to everyone but the up and comers, the big producers. Needless to say, they have little tolerance for the down and out and see them merely as an eyesore, with the sight of them a curse to their profit margin. But, today, no one is exempt from the surprise of a pink slip. Unfortunately, the corrupt bankers are not only still in business, but still getting bonuses! I find that far more offensive than any of the homeless I've encountered. Thank for listening to my diatribe, Penny. You and your daughter are making the world a better place, each and everyday, with your kindness.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Such a wonderful and touching tribute. Like mother and daughter both beautiful inside and out. Loved this and the pics.


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

Awwww, thank you, my friend, Gypsy. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos, too.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love this. It must be wonderful to have a daughter. She is beautiful. Happy for you my friend..Cheers


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

Dear Ruby, I still can remember how happy I was when I found out she was coming. It was beyond bliss. I adore Megan. But, I am glad she was my one and only, Ruby. With all the love comes indescribable worry, fears, trials and tribulations. And it doesn't end at adulthood. I couldn't survive raising more than one and I am in awe of those who do. Parenthood truly is the hardest job you'll ever love. It is also the strongest bond for me and Megan. As with my own mother, I adore her, yet with that deep bond comes a special set of trials. My mom would agree. Thank you, my dear friend.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Very beautiful and something i envy very much. What girl doesn't grow up dreaming of having a little girl one day she will always be so close to. It just doesn't happen for everyone, but I am very happy for you, my friend, at the same time! ^


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

Thank you, Jackie. Having a daughter is a gift. I was amazed at the incredulous experience of giving birth to her and I will always remain grateful. She is a miracle to me.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful daughter, Amy. You are so blessed! Another winner with this poem. What a beautiful way to express the mother/daughter bond. I just love this!


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epigramman 4 years ago

.........well it's been an exciting journey Amy watching you grow as a writer/poet and here is another deep powerful piece where compassion and intelligence comes with every line that you write - often the pleasure of reading any great writer is to read it again because with this much density, depth and soul your words are just begging to be explored again

You have the true DNA of a writer's writer and your songwriting style and approach to your poetry makes you unique and like no other. (and they often remind me of another great songwriter:Joni Mitchell)

lake erie time 9:19am


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

Dear Suzette, You couldn't have said anything more meaningful to me than your kind, encouraging message. Thank you for giving me the generosity of your time and words.


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

Dear Colin, I open the gift of your thoughts like a kid at Christmas. Greedy, with abandon, I rip through the wrapping and then settle down to take it in, usually reading it again and again. Today, I read a comparison with Joni Mitchell, and your gift is at the top of my list of all time greats. Then, my imagination goes into high gear and I consider the fact that she collaborated with my all time favorite, Bob Dylan. Nothing seems impossible as I read the masterpieces you leave, like beacons of hope for dreamers. As I begin the process of creating a book, I will come back here to remind myself that you believe in me, and you will give me the courage to make my dream come true. Thank you, Mr. C.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Beautiful Megan is blessed to have a mother as loving and as talented as you. I know your battles and your heartbreaks. I know how much your love transcends all and pours over in your bitter sweet poetry. You soldier on past diversity and distress wielding your words and holding your heart. You are a true gift to poetry and No Doubt that your love will survive the chill. I just hope the chill thaws sooner as you need that now.... hugs.


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

Great tone, Amy. I definitely got the message. :)

-Aubrey


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

The thing I love most and fear most about life is it's unpredictability. One never knows what is in store. Love can be just around the corner. It is a mistake to hide, because so much can be lost and time is a commodity best not wasted. And, the more I venture out into the world, the more certain I am of that fact.

Thank you for your kind words. I second your hope. Hugs


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

Thank you, Aubrey. I'm glad you like it. I appreciate your time and encouragement.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wonderful lovely poem of love.. It is obvious that you love your love ones.. as it should be.. I love it.

Blessings and hugs and sharing

Debbie


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

Dear Debbie, First and foremost, the message I want to convey is my undeniable love for my daughter. Thank you for letting me know that you see that. Hugs to you, my friend.


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tnvrstar 4 years ago from doha, qatar

Your daughter is beautiful!!


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

Oh, thank you so much, tnvstar. I hope you are feeling better these days.


Gizem 24 months ago

I'm lovin this series. If i had seen this a year ago, my life would've been SOOO much eaeisr. I really need to catch up on all the Wong Fu videos. Make more series like these. Funemployed is awesome- but I somehow like these better. Idk, just my preference

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