Nothing More Necessary

Born this way, a visionary with the power to see

Draws pleasure as the changing light envelops thee

Bespoken gifts in kaleidoscopic colors to share

Nothing more necessary in an artist's prayer

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Born this way, a visionary with the power to hear

Waves sound to celestial that fills the atmosphere

Beat of your own drummer your solo doctrinaire

Nothing more necessary in an artist's prayer

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Born this way, a visionary with the power of taste

Languid feast sets the table as family is embraced

Concocted by giving hands mixed with loving care

Nothing more necessary in an artist's prayer

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Born this way, a visionary with the power of smell

Enchanted garden of floral and frond cast a magic spell

Weaves a potent love affair in bottled bouquet to wear

Nothing more necessary in an artist's prayer

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Born this way, a visionary with the power of touch

Little black bag of remedies and cures in his clutch

Skilled hands that bring hope and comforts despair

Nothing more necessary in an artist's prayer

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Lovely piece Amy! Great sense of form and flow---


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

Thank you so much, Audrey!


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

The gifts we have are the result of Universal Love :)

Beautiful Amy!


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

Thank you, Mark. I'm glad you like it.


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....love the change-up, Amy, in the last line of each stanza

artist

maestro

gourmet

perfumer

physician

.....just to see if your readers are paying attention ..... what then about

'hubber' lol lol

.....and I always see a little surreal power struggle with all of the words in the good book (the dictionary) fighting over each other, for your affection and attention, to be chosen by the poetic priestess herself - and they jumping up and down over each other like jumping beans or the poppin' of popcorn screaming out in their tiny little voices ' "pick me, pick me' ......and yes, lucky are the words who are picked by someone like you who has the gift of communication and artistry to move and touch your readers as well ....... lake erie time 12:41pm

p.s. - and there are many colours in your writer's rainbow and some 'hues' I have never ever seen/read before .......


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

The "popcorn" effect is exactly what happens, Mister C!!! How did you see that so clearly? Sometimes I get so bombarded, I have to walk away for a break in the action!

I ran out of sensory gifts before I ran out of ideas to illlustate each! I was inspired by a quote by Gloria Naylor, "You can live without anything you weren't born with, and you can make it through on even half of that."

Most of cry about what we don't have. Advertising inundates us with what we have to have in order to be happy. All we really need, we already own.

Thank you, Colin, for an entertaining, thought-provoking message. Your comments are not only fodder for my imagination, but are just what the doctor ordered...fun.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Again, yesterday, walking the mountain trails that I love, I was reminded of what is important in life. Love, baby, love! Put me in the middle of a forest and everything becomes crystal clear. Put me in the middle of a cit and suddenly the waters of life are murky.

Well done my delectable and enchanting poet! You continue to improve and we are all the better for it.

bill


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

You speak the truth, Bill, when you talk about being outdoors in nature and its positive affect. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is real and causes depression due to lack of light in the winter months. And, more importantly, is how attitude spreads. Here in the city, the "sardine" effect jamming everyone in too closely, and the traffic leaves people frustrated and angry. Everyone is in a hurry to go nowhere. Like dominoes, bad attitude starts a chain reaction and takes everyone down to the same level. It's bad for both physical and mental health. Aside from daily reports of shootings, I just heard that an upscale shopping area in Brentwood had an incident at a high-class mall parking lot, where a woman waiting in her car was abducted in broad daylight, driven to an ATM to withdraw money and then taken back to the mall lot. She wasn't physically harmed, but is, of course, shook up by an incident not normally seen in Brentwood and never in the daylight. Makes me wish I was back in rural Missouri.

Thank you, Bill. I'll bet catching up will be more exhausting than miles and miles and miles of hiking in the forest! Welcome home!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Just wonderful. Well done Amy. A great tribute to these professions. Enjoyed this lots. Passing this on.


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scrittobene 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

A great piece of writing Amy - In all reality, there's nothing I can say that can beat Epi's comment because as we all know, he is the Master Commenter here at Hubpages and often speaks for us all. You have certainly honored various professions well here and I love the way you pack a punch in every carefully chosen word. Great value in this write. Cheers.


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

Dear Gypsy, You gave me some valuable insight with this piece. I missed my mark in the message, which was not to highlight the professions, but the artistry involved with the gifts we are given in the five senses. My lightbulb lit with the idea to change it up and instead of naming different professions, simply use the word "artist" in each. Although I lose the interest of different verbiage in the final line, I gain the purpose of my intent...that we are all artists in our own right with our God given sensory gifts. Thank you so much, Gypsy.


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

Hey, Maria, thank you for your comment. You and Gypsy inspired me to take another look at this piece. I could see by the comments here that I didn't put forth the meaning I intended, which I had doubts about when I published this. My wonderful, kind readers never let me down. Originally, I liked the idea of changing the script slightly in the final line, but in doing so, I lost the punch of my piece. The profession wasn't the intent of my message, rather the artistry each person has within themselves with our senses. An artist doesn't need all the senses as the world has seen masterpieces without, too. So, I changed the "professions" to simply "artists", which helps to solidify my meaning. Thank you so much, Marie, for helping me see the light!


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

Heads up to Mister C! See, Colin, you're right. The kernels are still popping! Thanks for your support.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

A true artist, Amy, changes her favored poetic syntax whenever necessary to fit the message and her mood. You have become the mistress of 'kernel massage' (thanks to Mr. C's description). Brava.


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

I love the way your mind works, drbj, firing off brilliant thoughts along side comedic relief, like some beautiful, unexpected surprise. Your comment, as always, is a case in point. What in the world is better than hearing a profoundly interesting idea and the gift of laughter all rolled into one? The mistress of 'kernel massage' is indelibly etched in my brain now. I'll wait forever and never find anything better than that. Thank you, my friend.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Your poem is so evocative and a reminder to use all our senses and enjoy the world around us instead of going around almost unaware of our surroundings.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I feel the same as drbj about not being able to comment as brilliantly as Epi, but you awakened my senses with each poetic line. You have a gift and so does Epi. I loved the video too. The word kernel to me was a grain until i just looked it up and found it to be the (GIST) The best part. I learn so much from your poetry and comments..Cheers My Friend


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

Oh, Blossom, thank you for the happiness your comment brings me. I learn so much with a little help from my friends.


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

My dear Ruby Tuesday, Each friend that takes the time and effort to read and leave me a message gives me the best gift possible...a little bit of them. Whether the words are clever, witty, kind or straight up sincere, I take them all to heart. How many people look up the word "kernel" and tell me it means "the best part?" That would be Ruby because she's "always exploring". That is awesome! One thing I know is that I love your beautiful heart, Ruby.


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epigramman 4 years ago

....well the wonderous aspect about your writing Amy is that I loved both versions equally well - although by tradition this 2nd version seems to be the one I would have normally 'expected' from you - and that is the very essence of any great writer - your readers have the privilege and honor of joining you on this creative journey and 'your works which are always mastered in progress' - lake erie time 8:29pm


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

I'm so glad to hear you liked both versions, Colin. It's amazing how one word can change the direction of a piece. Although, I'd rather not be seen as indecisive, my secret is out now. But, sometimes this writer can get so wrapped up in what's inside my head, trying to put my intent on paper, I lose sight of the forest for the trees. The readers help me so much by telling me what they see. I will forever be indebted to their kindness. Thank you, Mister C, for standing by me.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I see that the great poet epigramman has some competition here Amy. You spin your words with such a flair and make the reader stop and think. I like the cadence and the repetition, almost like the refrain of a song. Quite nicely done.


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

I'm tickled pink to see you here, Peg. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a great writer's comment. I appreciate your encouraging message of support.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

You have done justice to the senses, Amy. Very colorfully and beautifully. ^


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

Thank you, Jackie, for your beautiful, poetic message.


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

Amy, this was a pretty awesome piece. I love the imagery in this poem. I feel like I'm watching the artist craft these things. Very good work. This particular poem popped out to me and I think you were really feeling this one. :)


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

Thank you, my friend. Yes, I was feeling this one. I changed it after I published it, though, as my message didn't quite hit the mark. Live and learn. My readers are a great source of inspiration. I learn so much from their comments....like alliteration!!!


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

This is lovely, Amy. So many senses touched and alluded to here - and the artist uses them all. Your words are beautiful. And I love the Beatles song "All you need is Love," One of my favorites of all time!


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

And some artists, Suzette, like Beethoven, managed brilliantly, probably on a deeper level, with a sensory deficit. Some of my recent pieces were inspired by a quote I found by Gloria Naylor "You can live without anything you weren't born with, and you can make it through on even half of that." People take so much for granted, including me, in the gifts we bring into the world, if and how we appreciate and develop them.

Since I started writing poetry, I have developed a different kind of music appreciation, less stilted, more open to the art in the music and the lyrics. The Beatles are far more than what I used to think; not just youngsters with a catchy tune and appeal, but as complicated, profoundly gifted artists. Thank you for visiting me, Suzette. You know how much I value your feedback. You keep me going!

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