Safe in my Soul

Absence now resonates in the aria your eyes sang only for me

Rumbles in the distance waiting to rise in dreams I wish to be

Built a sand fortress to guard memories that sleep dares set free

So, I can feel you safe in my soul, love, a soldier never to flee

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Cruel the wings that took you beyond as I struggled in a roiling sea

Malignant murmurs manhandled a maniacal monster's master key

Dangling innocence over an abyss that rendered me too angry to see

That I feel you safe in my soul, love, a soldier never to flee

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Demonic defiance be damned though deafness fell on mercy's plea

Slapping the stunned face of hope to a place awashed in my naivete

Grief pauses as you relinguish your pain beneath the umbrella tree

While I feel you safe in my soul, love, a soldier never to flee

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Beautiful stalwart, you gave me courage to forge on sans a guarantee

Catch a glimpse of light that lingers from your spirited diehard esprit

As you run through my mind, I touch Heaven through the earth's debris

And, I feel you safe in my soul, love, a soldier never to flee

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Amy I am so glad I saw this go by my door step:) you are an amazing poet...truly.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

This is very good stuff, Amy!


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

I am so glad you stopped by, RealHousewife. I miss you. Thank you for your kind words, my friend.


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

Will, coming from an esteemed writer like you, I am flattered. You made my day.


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epigramman 4 years ago

Okay RealAwesomeHousewife and WillBiggestStarThereIs - I am quitting as a wannabe 'riter - because how can anyone possibly compete with an opening line like "Absence now resonates in the aria that your eyes only sang for me" ...... well let Epi tell you it ain't humanly possible - even the dour Moore would have to put his diapers on after reading this. Yes sir I am going back to my former job as male stripper for the blind (my prop being an empty pop can with marbles in it when I do the bump and grind) ..........yes how in the heck can I compete with this force of literary nature? Gimme a break Amy - lol - thank god I can still rely on my physical attributes of my buff young hot bod in an older man's body 'cos my mind just came unraveled while reading that first line - I feel like a kid playing with crayons - let me regain my composure and come back after I do and then I will review the rest of your newest poetic miracle.

At the bottom of lake erie time wearing stone shoes - 7:30pm


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

I am laughing my buff, young, hot bod with a mature woman's brain, off over your wildly, deliciously outrageous comment, epigramman. Once again, you have earned my title for you as a "crazy diamond!" Wild thing, you make my heart sing.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

Any poem that can inspire a response like, "a male stripper for the blind" is truly a work for the ages. Namaste Amy and Epi!


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epigramman 4 years ago

....okay me is back. I managed to escape from my stone shoes which are still on the bottom of the lake - and now Colin Houdini speaks:

Amy you are the consummate wordsmith. I've never seen/read any writer who has the uncanny ability to put words together like this.

So then you must a magician with words . I come here now just to attend 'writing class' because you capture lightning in a bottle over and over - and everytime you compose. It's all a bit intimidating to me and I feel like that caveman scrawling on a wall - compared to you.

I bow to thee (that's a poetry word that Maria uses alot, I believe -'thee') and Google has added a new search engine to accomodate all of these beautiful words you share with us called 'Google II'

So in conclusion Amy you are what I call a 'Marquee writer' because each line here is a 'wow' line and as a whole they light up your entire hubpage with enough stars and sparks to fill several galaxies in any writer's universe.

lake erie time 7:47pm


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

Yes, Suburban Poet, and Epi says I capture lightning in a bottle??!!!!! He makes publishing here at the hub more fun than any party I've ever gone to...although I've never been in attendance with "a male stripper for the blind ." Thank you for your awesome comment, Suburban!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

There is no way for me to compete with Epi's comments. I do agree with him, though, that there is none better on HP....you are the cream of the crop, Amy. If there is a better poet out there let them come forward now; I will bow in their direction....it ain't going to happen, but let them try.

Beautiful beyond words....the poem....the poet.

love,

bill


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

Colin, If there are any stars that light up the hub, they are yours, including this page. I am humbled and motivated by your exuberance. I won't lie, though. I love every word. In the beginning, you work taught me a new way of seeing poetry and I am now addicted. I will be forever grateful that a writer of your prowess gives credence to my work. Shine on, you crazy diamond.


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

Oh, Bill, in reference to your "Sweet Melancholy" piece, I feel it in the sweetest way with your comment. Thank you for your continuing support and encouragement, Bill. It touches me and means the world to me.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

All words pale in comparison to your written words here. I believe we are all in agreement . . . there is none better on Hp. There are many great poets . . . yet-----

Stunning and beautifully written and beyond . . . You are brilliant!

In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

Love Annie Lennox too.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Yes, that "aria' line is a killer opening! Great poem Amy. Epi, Billy and the others are right. You are great!


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

Sweet Faith, I see you as a gentle stalwart, an angel, in the storm. You always make me feel so happy.

I hope your mom is continuing to improve, Faith. I took me mum to the eye doctor yesterday and her vision is worse than I realized. She will have cataract surgery in her left eye on Jan 10th. She also has macular degeneration, which is worse in her right eye. She has been undergoing treatments for that, which haven't really helped yet, but we remain hopeful.

Thank you, Faith, for your awesome comment. You just lit me up like a Christmas tree! Love from me to you


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

I value your opinion, xstatic. Your comment sends me over the moon, but I'll be back! I have too much fun here to ever spend much time in space. LOL Thank you, my friend.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Sorry to bump in here, I was laughing a little with Epi's comments and Suburban poet. I like that opening line though! I really love this poetry Amy; don't mind me... just dropping by! Great inspiration though!;)


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

Thank you so much, Lord De Cross! I am honored to see you here. I am still laughing and enjoying the fun from both Epi and Suburban's imaginations. It's been a long time since I had this much fun! Thank you for dropping by and leaving an awesome comment.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Well all the "big boys" have chimed in. Let me simply add... Exquisite work. Thank you for the experience.


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

You, Mhatter, are definitely a big boy amongst any group of writers. And, your awesome comment thrills me to the bone. Thank you!


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Amy, what the heck can I say that would wow you? lol Epigramman said it all. You are a force to be reckoned with. I thank God I've never pretended to be a poet because I wouldn't even have the nerve to leave you a comment. Wordsmith...that's a wonderful description for you but I think I might add "gifted" because this type of writing doesn't just happen. I'm not sure I even understand some of it and still think it's the most incredible use of words I've ever read. Wow!


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Amy...I agree with what everyone already commented (except I have never been a male stripper for the blind!) This was an amazing and beautiful poem! You are so talented, I am honored to know you! Thank you!


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

Linda, You do wow me, my friend. Your own writing wow's me everytime I read your work, esp the recent piece about loving a tree, which I relate to at my core. Poetry is never clearcut, and by its creative nature is often somewhat obscure and always open for interpretation, but you left a profound statement regarding the composition of poetry when you say it "doesn't just happen." You understand far more than you give yourself credit for, Linda. After all, you are a magnificent writer yourself. And because I know that to be true, your awesome comment leaves me breathless...truly. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, dear Linda.


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

Dear Randi, I have to say seeing a male stripper for the blind would be a new adventure for me, too. That Epi has an imagination that never quits! LOL I am so elated to hear that you like this piece, Randi. I went deep into "the zone" as I wrote each line. I "felt" it at my core. When I stepped back to read the piece in its entirety, I wasn't sure if it was good or not, but it said what I intended. Until I get feedback from readers, I can't say myself if a piece is just o.k. or if it hits a chord that readers tap into and feel. I am very grateful to you Randi, and everyone who generously takes the time to read my work and leave a comment. Feedback is invaluable in learning and I learn something from every comment on every piece I write. Thank you so much, my friend.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Love your poetry, the images it evokes, even the alliteration is amazing. Voted it up.


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

Thank you kindly, Blossom. Your lovely name suits you to a "tee". I appreciate your awesome words, my friend.


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bellawritter23 4 years ago from California

I felt this in my bones fantastic write thanks for sharing Amy!!


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

Oh, bella, thank you so much for stopping to read this piece and leaving such awesome feedback. I appreciate your encouragement.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Beloved One Amy, I will pray for your dear mum. Love from me to you too. Faith Reaper


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

So many amazing astounding awesome alliteration examples herein, Amy, but this is my very favorite creation of yours ... so far:

'Malignant murmurs manhandled a maniacal monster's master key ...'

Simply stunning and spectacular, m'dear. Like you!


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

Simply stunning and spectacular is exactly how I describe you, dear drbj!

Thank you, my friend for, once again, helping me become a better poet than I was before I read your awesome comment. You teach me something everytime I read one of your amazing interviews, fascinating psychological facts or comments. I appreciate your support more than you will ever know.


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

I'm coming back to this one. Thanks.


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

Thank you for answering my wish with an "all I want for Christmas" kind of comment, Perspycacious!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome! Fantastic and totally agree with everyone else applause and passing this on.


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

Awwww, thank you so much, Gypsy, for being such a great friend and constant source of encouragement and support. Hugs to you from St. Lou


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful Amy. Am i reading more in this piece than i should? I have reread it and each time i see a connection to God being reclaimed. Whatever, they say that a poem is in the eye of the beholder. That's what makes your poetry so special. Beautiful!! and i might add, Epi cracks me up. lol


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

You, my dearest friend, Ruby are brilliant and intuitive in a way that never ceases to amaze me. I was angry, Ruby, at God, but I came to realize that without God I would not have been so blessed to know the deep love I lost through death. Knowing that death is inevitable and even bracing for its inevitability still left me unprepared for the reality of an experience that rendered me beyond consolation. Watching an innocent loved one suffer is unbearable beyond words. Somehow, I naively thought begging, through prayer, could change the inevitable. Dying is brutal enough; but the abject brutality of cancer still leaves me sleepless or jolts me from dreams where I wake in tears. I never stopped believing in God, Ruby, but, sometimes I fear him more now. As beautiful as his creations are, bringing so much love and beauty into our lives, so can his destruction be. I understand that there are mysteries, a reason, not for me to know, other than, they are. I know that the love I felt and still feel is real and I wouldn't have missed one moment of it. But, if I could have one wish, it would be that no one suffer in dying.

On a lighter note, Epi is a wildman that can always make me laugh! And, the truth is, there is nothing light about that either. Humor is a gift that makes the heavy bearable.

Thank you, Ruby, for making me think and, mostly, for caring. I love you, my friend.


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pearlmacb 4 years ago from Switzerland

Greetings from Switzerland Amy! WOW- your poetry stimulates my mind :) "...as you run through my mind, I touch heaven through the earths debris" Love it!

I was unable to send you an email, I will have to post message here if you dont mind:

Thanks for getting back to me regarding the poems I requested for my funraising ebook project. I like your writing style. I would love to weave through all your poetry, however time does not permit me too as Im working overtime to meet deadlines by Dec. 2012 re projects.

Whatever is easiest for you, forward peoms in doc. or links. I will choose the ones are most fitting, if they are uplifting/powerful peoms Im happy to use a few! :)

And also please add the name/pen name you would like to be credited by including link/website. NOTE: you retain all rights to your work.

Blessings*


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

Dear Meg, I did get your email after all, too. Thank you for your kind words about this piece.

I will peruse my poetry and choose some that I think would work for you. I will send to you via links, as you asked. I sincerely hope you find what I send to you suitable. I would be honored to help any organization promoting the empowerment of women. Blessings to you, pearlmacb


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pearlmacb 4 years ago from Switzerland

Thankyou for your prompt response, appreciate it. Will look out for your message/email. Thankyou for your interest in this project, and offering your gift of writing to empower women. Tomorrow we have the shooting for the book-cover image! :)


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

I would be proud to be part of any book that seeks to encourage and commend the empowerment of women. Thank you so much, Meg, for extending this opportunity to me.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Precious Amy ~ You are a poet from another dimension. "As you run through my mind, I touch Heaven through the earth's debris," makes me think of my beautiful son Todd when he lost his life to cancer. I was so angry at God. I was equally angry at myself. Could I have missed an action that I should have taken?

Todd didn't want chemo - I talked him into it hoping his life would be spared. I hold so much inside.

Getting on to a lighter note - Epi's comments had me on the floor and laughing so hard I could barely contain myself. What a master of the English language combined with humor.

Voted up and across (not funny) and shared on twitter and more.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Just a great opening to grab the reader! Beautiful write Amy!


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ALUR 3 years ago from USA

Magical. Voted up and really had me thinking as well as in awe, esp as I use similar analogies in my own writing like: 'Built a sand fortress to guard memories that sleep dares set free"


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh, vocalcoach, I feel your pain. Cancer is so horrific and the treatment so brutal, but when so young as your son was, it is unthinkable to stand by and not pursue every possible option. My grandfather, who was only 60, (when I was a wee one), developed melanoma on his nose. In those days, the oncologist removed his nose and used cobalt treatments that left him charred. He was brutally ill, as much from the treatments as the cancer. Before he died, he went totally blind. It still chills me to the bone, as he hesitated in allowing me and my sister to see him, as he was afraid his appearance would frighten us. Can you imagine, vocalcoach? That fact makes me cry when I think he thought he had to hide himself away... He didn't, as I wanted to see him. But, still, the thought that he felt that way...

You amaze me, my braveheart, that you can still laugh, enjoying Colin's most entertaining words and even the beauty of Hawaii. My sweet, innocent companion Scottie, MacGregor, died this July 2012, from bladder cancer. I will miss him forever. We live on because we must, but one never forgets. I still have Mac's bed with his toys out where he used to lay while I wrote. I tried to put it away once, but cried all the more. I need to see evidence of his short life with me. He was like a baby to me.

Thank you, vocalcoach, for sharing your heartbreak with me. I am honored and touched that you graced my poem, this space, with your thoughts, feelings and beautiful words. Your are a treasure.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Audrey, I'm crying as I just found vocalcoach's comment to me. I am reminded, though the pain is never far from the mind of the loving survivors, of the inspiration for this piece. Though many suffer and die from cancer, each story is heartbreakingly unbearable. It is a blight that cannot be underestimated, diminished or forgotten. I am constantly amazed at the strength of the human spirit in its ability to continue after traveling through hell fire. So much strength, courage and the resilience to hold onto faith, hope and love, is a continual source of inspiration. Thank you so much for your awesome words, Audrey.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

ALUR, Thank you so much for your kind words. I am going to check out your writing. You made my overcast day in St. Louis so much brighter!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful, Amy. I love the alliteration that you use - it is quite unique.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I am always excited to see your name in my email notifying me of a comment from you, Suzette. I know you have less free time these days and I want you to know how much I appreciate your time in reading my work, your awesome comment and your friendship, Suzette.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Safe in my Soul. Cool.

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