Still Searchin'

Winter canvas on the easel of my past began on an unsuspecting slate

A child's dappled dreams rose in a watercolored dance of fairytale fete

Abstract hopes in gentle slopes to the pond landed a frosty figure eight

Searchin' for my purpose in the colors of the painting I long to create

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Spring blossomed green buds to curved pink flowered honeybee bait

A palette of decadence garnered the perfume plied at the garden's gate

A flock of busy bodies plant gossip's seed for a bouquet abuzz in hate

Searchin' for my purpose in the colors of the painting I long to create

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Summer rays burnished dreams to tarnished silver from a gold plate

Youth escapes from the inferno hiding out while trusting time will wait

Saw myself in the vanishing blur of the rearview mirror a little too late

Searchin' for my purpose in the colors of the painting I long to create

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Fall casts irony in brilliant hues as the old is thrust aside dead weight

Faith sustains the ethereal promise that another year arrives postdate

Survival shivers off the cold beneath the warm blanket of hope innate

Searchin' for my purpose in the colors of the painting I long to create

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Winter canvas on the easel of my present begins on an unsuspecting slate

Another year adds new dimensions to visual depth as revelations conjugate

Slush turns to solid as the puzzle pieces fit in tight to weave a lustrous plait

Still searchin' for my purpose in the colors of the painting I long to create

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SommerDalton 4 years ago

This is amazing! The words are brilliant, voted up plus 3!


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

Dear Sommer, You're a doll. Thank you for making my day including tomorrow and the next!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

The tapestry of our lives....never finished, and yet complete with each new stitch. Lovely work Amy! You, my dear, are the quintessential poet on HP, and I will forever be your loyal follower.

hugs from Olympia,

bill


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

Dear Bill, "quintessential poet"....me? You, my friend, are far too kind and I thank you for every word of kindness you send me. It keeps me afloat. Hugs from St. Lou


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Dearest beloved one Amy,

Exceptional poetry. You are such an accomplished artist, writer and poet and your talent radiates of the person of you. You turn a mere blank page into such luminous words of sheer brilliance. Voted Way up as always.

In His Love Always, Faith Reaper


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

Dearest Faith, You are one of the most beautiful and one of the kindest individuals I know. I don't believe in coincidences and the fact that our paths crossed feels like a blessing to me. Your comments give me courage and are a lifeline to my purpose. Sending you love from St. Lou


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Amy, your words as always tell the story of life, of feelings from deep within, of dreams that have not yet been dreamt.

Beautiful :)


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

Mark, Thank you so much for the food for thought in your words. I hope this message find you feeling well tonight, my sweet friend. Sending love to you from St. Lou.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh, P.S. Amy, forgot to say, love the Bob Dylan, so haunting . . .

Oh, I do not believe in coincidences either dear one - love and lots of big hugs right back at you from sweet home Alabama. Stay warm tonight.

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. Wonderful Amy you paint with your words. Love Dylan. Passing this on.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is so beautiful..I would love to see your painting, here's hoping all the pieces fit in your puzzle and i know they will. Amazing poetry! Hugs.


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

Thank you, Gypsy! I love Dylan, too. He is my favorite poet of all time.

Bless you for all your kindness to me.


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

Awww, Ruby, I know I must have done something right in my life to have been fortunate enough to meet you. Thank you for your beautiful words, my friend. You keep me inspired. Sending you love from St. Lou


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Your mind has been busy Amy :)

The Frog


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

Very astute observation, Frog Prince. Probably why I don't sleep well, Jim. Thank you for your funny, but perceptive comment.


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epigramman 4 years ago

..well how exciting is this .....to take an intimate and closer look inside the heart and mind of an artist in progress - and to see how the dynamics all work together in order to turn a blank canvas into one with a vision ..... a story .....

The words here convey that journey so intricately and they take the reader along as well into your own personal world of colour and artistry - that is the purpose of any writer/painter - to share his/her art with the audience - to me that is the true objective of art - and Amy, not only have you signed your prestigious name down here on the right hand corner - I can see all of the names on this comment page who adore you signing their names as well - lake erie time 10:45pm


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

Mister C, you speak like an artist of the highest magnitude...imaginative, creative, an intellectual and a crazy diamond. I've thought of that same concept...the artist signing their work, leaving it to be read...or not and friends leaving their signatures as well, like a beautiful testament that they were here. I love your message, Mister C. Thank you so much.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I took a while to respond to this beautiful piece of poetry, Amy, because I could not decide which awesomely brilliant phrase of yours I wanted to commend. So I read through this several times and realized that every single word, every single stanza is perfection - from the 'unsuspecting slate' to 'a lustrous plait.' Originality and beauty of wording are your middle names. Brava in spades, m'dear.


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

Oh, dearest drbj, I don't ever remember being so touched. I read each word you wrote to me, intently, and got to the end of your message and burst into tears. Honestly, drbj, I want to have your words framed, so every time I am feeling doubt, confusion or despair, all I'll have to do is read this and feel grateful I am alive, that I have a purpose, that I have written something that inspired a comment from you that leaves me awestruck. From the bottom of my heart, dear drbj, thank you.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I love this piece, Amy. I suppose we are all still searching... Voted up and beautiful and shared with my followers.


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

Dear Pop, So true, we are all looking for something as long as we are alive. I'm over the moon that you love this piece, my friend, and are sharing with your followers. Love from St. Lou to you, Pop!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

A mutual fan suggested I stop by. I am glad I did. This is a marvelous piece. It carries the reminders which will play at your heart-strings for memories to come. Thank you


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

Mhatter, Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me a memorable, touching comment. I am delighted that you liked this piece. You've made my day! Thank you kindly for your support.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Deep and meaningful.

A great share and have a wonderful day.

Edddy.


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

Eddy, Thank you for visiting this piece and leaving me your beautiful thoughts. I am honored.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Amy, this is beautiful! This one is one of my favorites of yours. Some of us are still searching .... I love the lines: A flock of busy bodies plant gossip's / seed for a bouquet abuzz in hate. I love the images and metaphors you use in your poetry. Everything comes together so nicely in this poem. Your self-expression is amazing and quite a talent. Thank you for another great poem!


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

Suzette, Thank you for commenting on that particular line. When I was in high-school, I will never forget the torment of the unfair idle talk amongst some of my mother's friends, who had daughters at the same school. It was vicious, untrue and devastating to me. I wasn't even allowed to date so I have no idea what instigated their hate speech, but it demoralized and crushed my self-confidence. I felt there was something fundamentally wrong with me and that I would always be a misfit, no matter what I did or didn't do. It still rears its ugly head from the damage it did to me at such a critical time in every person's life. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to explain that traumatic time in my young life, Suzette. Love you, my friend.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Abstract hopes in gentle slopes to the pond landed a frosty figure eight.

Saw myself in the vanishing blur of the rearview mirror a little too late.

In another era, you'd have been in trial for witchcraft, Amy. such is the magic of your wonderful wordbuilding. Every sentence makes one gasp as you have an otherwordly gift of writing such elegant, elegaic verse. I'm an addict and your relentlessly wonderful poetry is my fix. You have me hooked.


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

The idea of my poetry hooking the "magnificent Mohan", magician of the written word and all things medical, is powerful medicine. It cures all ailments, including insecurity and self-doubts! You always teach me something too, as I must admit, I have to get my dictionary out to look up "elegaic".

Thank you, Mohan, for making me feel like "Queen for a Day". Like your phantasmic Halloween/Valentine tale, you just may have created another very scary monster!!!


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kathryn1000 4 years ago from London

This is so beautiful.I think it's a song..love it,Kathryn


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

Thank you so much, Kathryn. I am always so happy to see you. I appreciate your visit and lovely comment.


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kathryn1000 4 years ago from London

I am very happy always reading your poems,Amy..full of feeling.


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

The same goes for me everytime I read your work, Kathryn!


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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

Just beautiful Amy! I love it! I always enjoy your writing and I hope you're doing well! :)


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

Just seeing your beautiful face at my place, makes me smile from ear to ear, Aubrey. Thank you for your awesome comment. I hope life is treating you well, my sweet friend.

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