Somewhere, Underneath It All

Underneath it all, Rome's noble soldiers stand in nude chagrin

Where fallacy falls into the crumbing cracks to hold court paper thin

And the ancient See of the Pope canonizes holy from unoriginal sin

While the stone-faced moon shines on without a tear save a grin

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Underneath it all, life streams vivid red, covered in silken skin

Beginnings and endings, the bookends, hold our lives in twin

Unaware of cells first flutters or sinister clusters grown within

While the stone-faced moon shines on without a tear save a grin

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Underneath it all, hate grows blind, poised to ignite an old firing pin

Malignant malfeasance suffocates love damned to claim loss a win

War's bitter blood drawn by the tooth of a shark tearing its own fin

While the stone-faced moon shines on without a tear save a grin

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Underneath it all, the winds conspire with heaven in a dance spin

Rising the seas and leveling trees, stoic earth takes it on the chin

As rambunctious rock and roll rains down its beat on a roof of tin

While the stone-faced moon shines on without a tear save a grin

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Underneath it all, faith and hope still stand joined with love akin

Antiquities angels dispel shadows where once darkness has been

Circling chaos on the winds of change a savior's heart lies within

While the stone-faced moon shines on without a tear save a grin

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

" A shark tearing its own fin"....where do you come up with this stuff? I was reading a new hub of mine to Bev last night....it will be posted tomorrow...and that's what she said to me with wonder in her eyes...where do you come up with this stuff? how do you write something like that? And so I repeat those words to you, Amy! This is exquisite, in pain and in hope. Well done my dear friend.

love, hugs, and the warmth of friendship coming your way,

bill


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Bill said it best, as always. This is a really interesting and dramatic poem of chaos and of hope.


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

Oh, Bill, you made my Valentine's Day special with your awesome comment. I'll be looking for your new one. Isn't it amazing how many ways there are to say the same thing? It's what makes writing such an individualistic artform. Thank you, my friend, for always 'being there' for me and keeping me inspired. Love from in in St. Lou to you, Bill.


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

Your words, xstatic, 'interesting and dramatic', drive me on with encouragement and the courage to keep creating. Through comments, like yours, I am no longer afraid to let my mind 'go' where it will and say what I feel. Thank you for the gift of your support in my endeavors, my friend.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Dear Amy, please don't think I have forgotten about you. You are on my mind so often, and especially when I read poetry like this, "The stone faced moon," of course, that is just how the chilly brightness appears when one has sadness in the heart. Mine goes out to you, and is with you. Hang in there, lovely lady. Beautiful.


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

Awww, thank you, Vicki. I love the moon, but I do find it dispassionate, neither happy or sad, it just is. It is the ultimate mystery, the ultimate irony, as it gives the gift of light, but not warmth. When I wrote this, I felt more logical than sad. However, there are some facets of my life that make me angry, which is connected to sadness; both symptoms of a life in discord. You always add an abundance of interesting thoughts at the undercurrent of emotional expression, Vicki. Thank you for always showing me kindness and much to ponder, my friend.


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epigramman 3 years ago

I was listening to Allen Ginsberg recite one of his most famous poems 'Howl' in the car earlier today from a Bob Dylan compilation cd and I said to myself - Now that cat is a 'real' poe-it!

And then I arrive here on the most happening scene of Miss Amy B. loaded down with flowers and chocolate on VD day (somewhat that just doesen't sound right - lol) and my tongue literally goes slackjaw and it drops about 6 feet onto my granddad slippers and I say to myself

"Holy shite, now that kitten is a real poe-it!"

Even the dour one himself, Shakespeare reincarnated, would sip another bottle of wine in contemplation and say to himself "Aw shoot I ain't gonna ever come this close to Mount Becherer. I just can't climb that high for she is far off on some horizon and way over the moon."

The stately Mister Buc asks " where does it all come from?"

Well that it is easy - it comes from the heart and mind of Miss B's infinite artistic universe.

Everyone, they say, has a heart but not everyone is willing and able to interwine it so delicately with the mind like you do Amy.

I would call your writing very cerebral. I am fairly well read (when

I am not looking at Playboy) but I usually have to read your works at least 2 or 3 times and something magical happens: I get to see and read all of the little intellectual and emotional nuances so beautifully crafted that it elevates this tired and true genre we all know as poetry to spectacular new heights, exploring and pushing boundaries way past what most of us ever attempt to do.

I am personally amazed at how you put words together (many of which I've never seen before, lol) but then again I know where that comes from, Mister C. You see, Amy is a painter as well , for those of you who may not know, and only someone who has the pedigree of a painter's vision can 'brushstroke' words like this - because you color each line and make words come alive. In your warm embrace they are like happy little children waiting to show what they can do -

When I arrive here to your warm poetic embrace I too act like a child in awe, admiration and amazement.

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Stunningly beautiful poetry. Every words moves one so, from torment to hope. You are a joy to read each and every time.

Voted up +++ and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

This is a brilliant piece, Amy. Thumbs up...and happy Valentine's Day!


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

Dearest Colin, No ton of chocolate, no room full of roses, no billboard sized valentine, could come close to the gift you've left for me on Valentine's Day, today, 2013. Yes, I'm dating this comment, because it is beyond the beauty of the best of Hallmark. It's one of those special momentos that I will come back to when I have doubts. It's one I'll keep forever.

Thank you, Mister C, because your words, from a writer of your caliber, makes me feel quite over the moon.


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

Dear beautiful Faith, I am so astounded as I read your beautiful message to me that I can't help but wonder what I've ever done in my life to have so many kind, generous, talented, supportive friends. I am incredibly grateful for you, Faith. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope your mother is doing well and you and yours had a wonderful Valentine's Day filled with as much love as you give everyone you meet.


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

Dear Wayne, Thank you so much for your awesome comment. You've made my Valentine's Day one of the best I've known. Happy Cupid's Day to you, too!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Thank you dearest Amy. My sweet mother went on to her true home in December, in Heaven. We celebrated her 84th birthday on December 16th, and then four days later, she left this temporal world. Thank you for asking precious heart. Happy Valentine's Day to you too.

Hugs, Faith Reaper


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

You are blessed, dear Faith, to have called your sweet mother yours. She is forever part of you. As human beings, we long for and miss our loved ones when they leave for eternity. I know how I felt when my dad died. But, Faith, I feel him watching and protecting me now, like he did while I was growing up. My mother, of course, misses him terribly. Dad spent most of his time working in their beautiful yard after his retirement. If he was still out in the yard, mom would call "Rudy" when it was time to come in for lunch and dinner. After he died, when my mom would do something in the yard, a long time resident Mockingbird would call "Rudy, Rudy". After a few years, the Mockingbird no longer fed at the birdfeeder and mom didn't hear his call anymore. I imagine he found his way to dad. But, every spring we are reminded of dad as we still see new evidence of his work in the yard with the ever growing abundance of new flowers. I know that you will enjoy forever visits from your beautiful mom in your grandchildren, Faith. With that said as my true belief, I am sorry for the loss of the familiar, loving presence of your mom, Faith. Blessing and hugs to you, my friend.


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Oh, Amy, you have once again, presented us with a masterpiece! I never tire of your words and messages! In fact, I look forward to them! Thank you for sharing the beauty that is you! xoxo, Randi


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

Beautiful Randi, And, I will never tire of your visits, as I always hope to hear from you. I am 'over the moon' that you find meaning in this piece. Knowing that keeps me enamored with creative writing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, my dear friend. xoxo


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

This is exceptionally well-crafted. You paint such a beautiful picture through the use of imagery. Voting up awesome!


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

Thank you so much, dear lovedoctor. Reading your message to me makes me extraordinarily happy. Thank you for your kindness.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is exquisite. You paint such strong imagery with your words. In the midst of chaos there is always hope.

Beautiful music chosen to go with this piece.


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

Your words are music to my eyes, lovely Rosemay. You summed up the ultimate meaning of my poetry perfectly. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your visit and awesome message.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

When you mentioned Rome, each stanza brought me to the Pope's resignation. This is beautiful Amy. We all hope for a better tomorrow amidst troubling times of which we have no control, yet i do see a light emerge from darkness with these words , " Savior's heart lies within. " Loved this! Hugs my friend.


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

I've come to realize, dear Ruby, that no matter how much I protest or rail against unfairness, illness, babies that go hungry, parents that try and try and still can't feed them enough, the elderly who lose everything in old age including their memories, I have to let go and let God. I will never know "why". I can only hang on to hope and believe that God has a plan. Thank you, Ruby and hugs to you, my beautiful friend.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A great read and thanks for sharing.

I wish you a great weekend.

Eddy.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

A chaotic mixture of hope. I'm sure the Lord will lead us through the confusion to a new tomorrow. Poetically wonderful. Passing this on.


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

Thank you so much, Eddy. I am thrilled that you enjoyed this piece. Wishing you a great weekend, too, my friend.


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

If I didn't 'believe', Gypsy, I'd lose all hope these days. The daily news and life throws me into chaos each and everyday. Thank you, my friend, for giving me your insight, understanding and support. I appreciate your open heart and generosity, Gypsy.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Only you, Amy, could invent "'fallacy falls into the crumbling cracks ... life streams vivid red, covered in silken skin ... Malignant malfeasance suffocates love ... Rising the seas and leveling trees, stoic earth takes it on the chin ... " and bring it all to a climax of positive hope for the future with "Underneath it all, faith and hope still stand joined with love ..."

I quoted these particular passages because they resonated within me when I read them. You have a precious gift, m'dear, may you continue to grace the Hub with your inspiring, evocative, sublime poetic inventions.


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

Well, dear drbj, as always, my eyes brightened and my heart skipped a beat when I saw you'd left a comment. You've taught me so much in such a positive way by letting me know what strikes your poetic fancy, that you consistently manage to inspire me onward. I never write a piece, my friend, where I don't think of you while I'm creating it. You are an inspiration to me, drbj, and I can't thank you enough.


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Mr Epi knew of what he recommended, your an original poet-writer and have a marvelous way with words and imagery that you communicate wonderfully to another, Amy. Can you imagine reading this poem while listening to the Cars Greatest Hits.:) That's a compliment.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

“Antiquities angels dispel shadows where once darkness has been…”

Antiquities angels…I absolutely LOVE this line. Such words are rare when woven together in ways that make us truly THINK…and this is the true poet. Brilliant poetry, dear Amy. Hugs!


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

I would never have thought of reading this to the sounds of The Cars, who, by the way, Alistar, are one of my all time favs. I appreciate your kind, generous words, and even being mentioned on the same page as The Cars is a supreme compliment! Thank you, Alistar


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

You certainly know how to make this cold day in St. Louis much warmer, dear Genna. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know what struck your poetic soul in this piece, my friend. Your comment is invaluable to me, because it more than a compliment; it is a learning experience for me that I will remember the next time I write a poem. Thank you, and hugs to you, beautiful Genna.


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Dancing Water 3 years ago

As always, your exquisite eloquence and elegance stun my consciousness, and I am in awe of your gift. I was feeling quite devastated by your poem, but ah, the ending was full of hope and thus, redemption from the darkness. Beautiful Amy, thank you for so generously opening your heart to us.

In faith,

Reba


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

I think the only time I felt totally devastated, where I just couldn't hang hope on the end of a piece, was following the CT school shootings, Reba. I actually tried, but I just couldn't. I just can't sign my name to something I don't feel.

Thank you for your awesomely inspiring words to me, Reba. You've given me the greatest gift in your encouraging message, which I will always think of whenever I encounter doubt. Bless you, Dancing Water.


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Oh, the Cars are a fave of yours are they. Swami Alastar knows all, Amy.


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

It doesn't surprise me one iota, Alistar, because anyone who knows exactly what is behind the appealing eyes of man's best friend, knows everything!!! And, you, my friend, thoroughly understood your beloved pup,"Leggs".


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Micky Dee 3 years ago

You are so gifted dear.


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

As are you, dear Micky Dee. I am so happy to see you here. Thank you, my friend.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

Oh I've missed this magnificent wordplay far too long .. and am delighted there is so much to catch up to. No one does rhyming poetry with such power, passion and pen(wo)manship. There are as always so many outstanding lines here... but my favorite image will remain the recurring riff:

While the stone-faced moon shines on without a tear save a grin...

beautiful/haunting and meaningful.


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

I'm so glad to see you, Docmo! The hub isn't nearly as fun or exciting when you aren't around. I've missed you. Your awesome words make me feel like, indeed, the moon may not be as stone-faced as I thought. He just smiled on me...


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

Amy, You write with such intensity, your words grab my attention, and when I finish reading, I crave for more. You are a beautifully talented writer. No doubt about it!


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

You made my week, toknowinfo! I have been iced in by the midwest winter storm since Thursday, and I needed the warmth of your generous words. Bless you, my friend.


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lmpounds 3 years ago from St. Louis

You are wonderful Amy. I visited you by recommendation, and I am glad I did. You are a fabulous writer.


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

What a great way to start a dreary day in St. Louis! Thank you so much Impounds for your confidence-boosting, awesomely supportive comment. You've made my week.


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

Amy, I didn't realize you were affected by these terrible storms. I can relate to the wrath of nature, as Super Storm Sandy affected me greatly, with a blackout for 2 weeks and no heat or hot water for 9 weeks. It will take me all year to fix my house. I wish you warmth and a speedy spring, but mostly be safe! Looking forward to the inspirations this storm will bring to your writing.


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

I wasn't personally affected by Super Storm Sandy, toknowinfo, but so many people were and those suffering are, of course, on my mind. I intended for this piece to touch every reader in some way, because we are, after all is said and done, underneath it all, connected as human beings. Whether it's war, guns, random acts of nature, illness, we all know death and feel loss. It is through the compassion, faith and love of each other that hope lives.

I think about the Sandy Storm survivors often, esp in the cold winter storms now. I read a news article about the cost of heating in all the homes damaged by the Super storm. Because our gov't hasn't acted quickly, some of those with nowhere else to live than the remnants of their devastated homes, the cost to keep warm rose for one couple from $300/month to over $1,000/month. I hope you are staying warm and safe, toknowinfo. My prayers are with you. Thank you for your support in your beautiful comment.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Another beautiful interpretive verse, Amy. I loved this verse.

"Faith and hope still stand joined with love akin".

Hope is what holds us together. Lovely poem.


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

Thank you, Peg. When things go south, hope pulls us up. That reminds me, is Chapter 13 of 'The Pub' published? I'm going to check now. I've been waiting, my friend...


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Amy, this is truly a very profound and thought-provoking poem. And so very true, and evidently the very reason why humans are able to survive on this planet among evil and crime: "Underneath it all, faith and hope still stand joined with love akin...."

And forever - ".... the stone-faced moon shines on without a tear save a grin...."

Eventually, one day, the moon will no longer be there, and also not a soul on Earth.....

Absolutely beautiful, Amy!


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

Dear Martie, I am sitting here after reading your awesome words with goosebumps. The news is on with word that the madman ruling N. Korea has declared war on S. Korea...and everyone else in the world it seems. Last night I saw a PBS program on Nova about the likelihood of a meteor destroying the earth with more power than any nuclear bomb created. I believe you are, beyond a shadow of a doubt, absolutely right, my friend.

Thank you for lighting up my space with your brilliance, Martie.


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damian0000 3 years ago from Belfast

Wow!!

How did I miss this? I'm a bit... ermmm ... speechless to be honest --- this is really brilliant writing!


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

You have made my day and then some, Damian! Thank you so much.


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ryanjhoe 3 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

You have talent stringing words, keep up the good works and thanks for share this!


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

Thank you so much, ryanjhoe, for your kind words of encouragement. Comments like yours keep me writing!

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