Someone's Son

Stage is set, cameras on, action starts with Act One

Pan the scene, much ado, lighting set with little sun

Extras on edge, watch with fear, hear the sound of the gun

The villain is at center stage, this play stars someone's son

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This drama is a sell-out, crowd of strangers come undone

No hands that cheer this premiere, the play hits no homerun

Guns and police, tension with no release, nowhere left to run

The villain is at center stage, this play stars someone's son

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Three down and one don't know, this tale is no rerun

Crime tape lines center stage the destination none

Tears are real and emotion high, not acting overdone

The villain is at center stage, this play stars someone's son

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Sisters, a girlfriend, wish on a star, this drama had not begun

Revisit the past, no future to see, no promise in the long run

Black hat is a drug that hangs in jail where the party is no fun

The villain is at center stage, this play stars someone's son

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No Emmy awaits the news of the day as the truth can't be outdone

Reality is viewed, no takes askewed, the desperate cannot outrun

The final act, curtain closed, the sad tale of another victim is spun

The villain was at center stage, this play starred someone's son

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Another fine piece of work from my friend Amy. Keep up the good work kiddo, these just keep on getting better.


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epigramman 5 years ago

....well you are always full of surprises Amy and it keeps the epi-man on his proverbial toes - you 'conduct' words like some kind of poetic maestro - and I always love your choice in music videos - nice presentation of words and images and music from - one of the best!!!!!

(that's you!)


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

The grim reality of life reflected and stripped bare of fancy lights and fast cuts. Crime, tragedy and death are not glamorous. There are no slow-mo reruns. No out-takes, re-takes or Edits. Just the victim at the centre of the fallout of emotions for the family, for the mother.

How well you express this Amy. As always, I am in awe. voted up and awesome.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Mike, thank you so much for your unflagging support. I am honored.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you Epi, for another symphony of words that outranks my poetry for a longshot. But, it does give something to aim for.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Docmo, You understood this piece so well, you could have been the man reading the news! Precisely dead on. I woke to a "Special Report" on the local news, not far from me actually. Young man holed up in his home after 3 officers show up to serve him a warrant on drug charges. He shot all three of the officers and I'm not sure how they are doing. In the process, the perp was shot. His family was outside waiting in agony as he had told them before he was not going back to jail...he served 10 years for drugs before. Long standoff with the police trying to keep the curious out of the line of fire. Finally, they stormed the home and came out guns down, head protection off, but not with the drug dealer, who the family learned had died from his wounds. The one sister let out a gut wrenching wail and fainted in the street. I felt like a voyeur as the small group of family started running around like crazed animals. The grief was palpable.

Sorry, Docmo. I just wanted to explain. Thank you for your beautiful synopsis and support in my efforts.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

A home run, Amy. I think sometimes we forget that everyone we see is someone's son or daughter. The worse villain and the purest angel is somebody's baby. Well done!

Up and awesome


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I think of that, Fay, when I see shows like Criminal Minds, and, sometimes, although the show is not reality TV, is has some basis in real life cases, and it's hard to believe that the subject is human. As a show about profiling, sometimes, what made them criminal minds is the most horrifying and twisted of all.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

"This drama is a sell-out." "this tale is no rerun.."

The reality cuts cruel and very deep, and is far worse than what we see on crime shows such as CSI.

Superb hub, Amy. Voted up and awesome.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Genna, I appreciate and love reading your comments. Thank you for honoring my pieces with your attention. You make me feel special!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

This was excellent Amy. Remember I told you I was stupid when it came to good poetry? Well, I'm going to prove it in front of everyone. In fact, I'll also predict that you show everyone what a decent sweet human being you are after I've done it. I'll tell you what I THOUGHT the poem was about before I read your explanation. Everyone will say, "Wow, he IS stupid!" However, you'll come back and say something about how I'm not really stupid, and turn it into some kind of compliment to me. I'm only doing this because I want everyone who doesn't know you beyond your work, to know what a special person you are.

Okay, are you ready to hear what I thought it was about?

I thought it was about the assassination if Abraham Lincoln by Old Johnny Booth at the theater.

This is how well I know you, my super special friend. You view my stupidity as you would view puppy with a broken paw. Because of your big beautiful heart, you can not resist reaching out to soothe and make my dumb ass feel better.

I just want your followers to know the real person behind this great work.

Love ya kid,

jim


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Jim, with your comment you illustrate my ignorance, because I don't have the history background you do. Now you've got me curious and I'll have to re-read the whole story you refer to and see if I see the similarity. So, who's the dumb one now? What you did was take something I saw yesterday on the news that was profound to me and saw something much deeper. With your interest in history, it follows you would look for it. How's this, Jim? We are both brilliant in different arenas! Thank you for your charming, sweet commentary, Jim.


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

See folks, I told you she was beautiful!

j.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

And you are beautiful, Jim.


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

An obvious sensitive, wonderful person you are Amy, and I must say, a pleasure to follow. These all-too-often catastrophic events are intolerable.

No one wants government or whomever invading people's lives, but I remember at one of my schools, there was an "ombudsman," who's only job was to be there for us students in need, whatever the problem.

It just seems our world needs that unbiased helping hand, much like your poetry, a vision so grand...

Very nice (but sad) my friend...


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, my friend, bbnix, it was real life tragedy live on the television. I felt like a voyeur watching a very personal event take place. The news media was full of idiotic comments that had no place at this desperate scene. It reminded me of the dead returning home for burial that requires the Patriot Guards to allow the families to bury their love one and grieve in peace. It's just wrong. Thank you for kind, heartfelt comments, bbnix. It is encouraging to me to find those with compassion, which in today's dog eat dog world is seen by some, erroneously, as weakness...until the hardened require a bit of it themselves.


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

That's the thing about the hubpages. The incredible support I get is exactly what I need as I'm determined to do something about it.

As a lifetime outsider and eternal optimist (in spite of much pain), I believe in one man's (or woman's) unrestricted potential to achieve great things...and it all starts with great writers like you!!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

How beautifully, generously stated, bbnix. Yes, I understand as it has been much the same for me. Really painfully shy and not the favorite at home, I grew up and remain marked by insecurity. Genetics, upbringing, experiences...whatever, I blame no one, please don't misunderstand. It is me, for whatever that's worth. I derive unmeasureable pleasure from everyone who lights upon my pages...all beautiful souls to me, and I will forever be so unspeakably grateful for all of them, and you, so honest and pure in your expression, bbnix. You are a friend to me. Thank you


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Thank you for sharing this tragic poem. Unfortunately, these scenes have been romanticized in film, music, and TV for generations. Alot of youngsters aspire to go out with a bang. Thank you for sharing.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

So true, Augustine. It is not romantic or all righteous. Just ask the parent's of a child cut down so prematurely in such a tragic set of circumstances. Thank you for your unraveling words, A.A.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice piece of work,thanks for sharing.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, crystolite! Appreciate your comment.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Your insight, your compassion and your beautiful soul, Amy, are the ingredients that help you produce your stunning and praiseworthy poetry. Brava, m'luv.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dearest drbj, you are so kind and your comments touch me so. You make everyday I hear from you so much better. Thank you, sweet one.


ralwus 5 years ago

If Shakespeare were alive he'd have much to say of such tragedies, but not any better than you have expressed it, and many wouldn't understand him. Jim is correct. You are beautiful but he neglected to say how good of a writer you are. Shame on you Jim. hehe


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

I am sure all mothers want their sons to become successful, law-abiding gentlemen, good husbands and respectable fathers. Amy, I, too, always wonder how mothers cope with the failures of their sons.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear sweet ralwus, I am honored that a writer of your stature would say those mind-boggling words. I know I sound like a broken record, but it is the likes of you that make the hubpages my favorite stomping grounds. Your piece today had me so anxious to leave a comment, but I couldn't so just know that I rated it "awesome" and it rekindled some very relevant, vivid imagrey...and Shakespeare ain't got nothin' on you!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Martie, you sexy, mysterious woman, you! Yes, sons and daughters are every parent's greatest gift. We love them with abandon, completely, but, sometimes, despise what they are capable of and do. Our "kids" become adults and we must relinquish control, if we deluded ourselves that we ever had any. With our own baggage in tow, we give them our best, and set them free. I know that the only person I can control is myself...sometimes. Of course, as a parent, each of us want, most of all, to see our offspring happy. However, as adults, our children make their own choices; no longer ours as we don't own them...and we grieve when they stumble or worse. I help when I can, and pray. Thank you, Martie, as your comments always charge my brain...better than caffeine.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Reminds me of an old commercial: "No kid says they want to grow up to be a drug dealer." But the sad reality of a system that too often fails too many youth cutting their lives short too soon. Awesome piece!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Bobbi, thank you so much. What a terrific, hardhitting concept for a message regarding drugs. I was always to chickenshit to even experiment. I was too afraid of what it would do to my body and brain. Today, youngsters are cavalier; they think they are invincible and if not, they are so steeped in peer pressure, they see it as a romantic and dramatic statement. It's part of the adolescent process, I realize, but the possible consequences are not a frivilous game. But, although drugs were not my downfall, I had my own obstinate take on life, too. No judgements made, but that particular game has far-reaching effects, not only on the youngster, but everyone who loves the victim. There are many victims in a choice for drugs. Thank you, BobbiRant, for your excellent, informed comment.


ralwus 5 years ago

LOL Gee, I flustered your libido? Well, as long as it worked, I don't mind no comments. Got to git now.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Charlie, The Libido one was "hawt", but the one I refer to is "Soul of Gold". Whoa, that baby is a beauty. Magnifique!


ralwus 5 years ago

Gee, thanks Amy.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Very nice Amy. Thank you for the music too. I've run a needle through some of the same albums you have, I believe. God bless!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Micky Dee, I think you've run a needle across most albums. You are truly a music man. Me mum loves music with that same passion. Thanks for the visit, Micky. God bless!


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the pink umbrella 5 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

i heard that you were one of the best of us, and i was not dissapointed. Thank you for gracing my page with your more than welcomed comment, and i am from the bottom of my heart happy that after a few people telling me to head over here and see your work, that you popping up on my hub reminded me to do so. Yay, im excited, another wonderful hubber to check in on!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Pink Umbrella, I am so glad you see my work as something worth visiting. You are a very talented writer and I'll be visiting your place often to check in and read your adventures. I am so glad our paths crossed.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I enjoyed reading your fine poem today. A sad story but well told. Thank you for sharing your artisitic gifts.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, James. I have been remiss in my reading lately and I apologize. I see that you have written two new ones. This weekend I'll hop over and learn something new from your consistently informative and interesting pieces. I appreciate and always look forward to your visits.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Someone's son...once born with so much promise; or the possibility of it. Once a child, vulnerable, even sweet; maybe shy. Could have become anyone, could have been a real star. This is amazing, Amy. Such a picture you have painted with words. Really astounding! I sometimes wonder, when seeing such things in the news, what the mothers, in particular, are feeling as they realize the terrible fate of their child? No matter the age, this must be unbearably difficult to endure. To see one who used to be so small, so wide open..come to this. You have really described it beautifully. Amy,you should be applying for screen writer somewhere...


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Kathy, thank you so much for taking the time to read my piece and so thoroughly "get it". I always have those same thoughts running through my brain when I see any news that's bad...meaning I do this alot. Even the man who murdered his gorgeous wife and two beautiful young sons, although I wonder if he was born of a man and woman or spawned, what his family is feeling? I see the pain the family of the victims is feeling. The man was employed by Reverend Rice Ministries, who does not tolerate divorce. So, the maniacal idiot decided to act on what he figured was his only choice...kill them. He strangled each one so he could "be with the woman he had met in FL". Unbearable, when I think about how he actually killed them. It's beyond me. I wonder what happens, Kathy, to people that can actually kill someone they "loved" at one time, especially their own children. I digress.

Thank you, Kathy, for gracing my page with your kind heart. I always love seeing you.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

The villain is at center stage, this play stars someone's son

We forget that sometimes!!!


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

Yes, it's true, Audrey. Thank you for reading this and I love your comment.

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