Tell Me Your Secrets

Original oil by Amy Becherer
Original oil by Amy Becherer

Travel on hooves leave no sound in the snow

Masculine dark mystery where is it you go

Youth in your step yet eternal from long ago

Tell me, your secrets, I want to know

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No cloak, yet umbrella, covered in tow

Packages held for a mission named beau

Does Lucy wait anxious with her love in stow

Tell me, your secrets, I want to know

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I recognize purpose, I've seen that show

Bearer of gifts, your rogue heart to bestow

More human than no in the seeds that you sow

Tell me, your secrets, I want to know

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Hope that the journey is just a stone's throw

That too much time doesn't deliver a blow

And eternal winter send your love too slow

Tell me, your secrets, I want to know

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Where is the arrow that belongs to the bow

That will claim the heart you want to glow

Read me the passage for love to grow

Tell me, your secrets, I want to know

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I capture you now, not with chains, no

Frozen in paint is the pattern I sew

Forever in motion of ebb and flow

Tell me, your secrets, I want to know

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ahorseback 5 years ago

Amy , how many times I have thought ,It's not love , or lust but only the sharing of secrets that bring people together. The sharing of questions ,of mysteries , or in attractions and the mysteries enshrouded within each silent look of two strangers. Great poem!


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

Magnificently stated, ahorseback. And, I couldn't agree with you more or said it more eloquently. Thank you so much.


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zeeshaa 5 years ago

i like your work. very informative work you done . keep it up.


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

Thanks, zeeshaa. Appreciate your visit and comment.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

It's all Amy and I love it! The painting and the words are all that! I kept reading and looking back at the painting.

Yes, yes it is the secrets...that spell the trust, vulnerability and bond people share.


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

Thank you so much, Fay...you KNOW I wait for your comments. BTW, I didn't finish this piece. I planned on putting another tree on the opposite side, but left home before I finished it. It was a gift for my ex. You have such a beautifully, unique, and right on view of things. I just love you to pieces!


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

I love fantastic epic poems Amy...

I love your work!!!


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

Coming from you, bbnix, I can't think of a better compliment. Thank you!


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

A beautiful poem Amy, and you just gave us one of your secrets. Your Painting, It's beautiful, I love it.

God Bless


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

vietnamvet, it's great to see you. I've missed you. I have another one of my paintings posted called "The Old Man" with a poem called "Don't like Goodbye", if you're interested. Thank you for you kind comments and, again, I'm so glad to see you!


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

I'm fascinated by satyrs and their depictions. In myth they're party animals and lustful. In your painting and in the "Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe", they're just mythical beings with human failings and desires. Thank you for sharing.


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

Dear Augustine, it is a fascinating concept that I honestly haven't studied, but I painted this for my ex, who is an avid reader and particularly liked this character. My poem was as fictional as Tumnis and purely artistic license; just a concocted musing. I appreciate your comments as they always supply food for thought.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Your painting is of a high caliber and I'm wondering: Do you sell your paintings? You could have a showing and advertise it with flyers all over town and probably make a living from those. You are an excellent painter and should be capitalizing on your very good talent. Love your poem too, but I'm in awe of your artistic skills.


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

BobbiRant, I have sold some painting, when I wasn't even trying. And, yes, I am considering an art gallery in town that specializes in showing new artist's work. What fun that would be...you've hit on something I dream about. Now, I'll just do it!!!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

What an interesting painting of a Centuar half man, half beast of mythology, bearing gifts, yet holding an Umbrella to protect him from melting snow.

He leaves his imprints in snow of white to find his love of long ago. A gentle heart yearning. Yet holding back secrets that set a heart aglow.

He releases his arrow from his bow with the hope it will find his lovers heart.

Amy what a beautiful painting and I agree with Randy, you have a gift, now go capitalize on it my friend, a lovely setting to place your verse upon canvas of white.

Hugs.


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

saddlerider, thank you so much for your poetic words. I now have the courage to go forth and take my work to a local gallery called "Mad Art". I have two I want to finish, about 6 pieces total, that are very detailed. I sold one of a ballerina in a studio that was awesome. I had it at work up at the front desk. I was going to display it in our lunchroom, as the boss liked my work. A vendor came into the office and "had to have it". I, being a novice in the art world, had no idea what to ask for it, he quickly paid the $100 and left with it. It had tremendous detail complete with a baby grand piano and velvet covered bench with sheet music on it and the little girl with her foot on top of the bench tying her silk ballet slipper. She had her little black and white Boston Terrier tied with his leash to the leg of the bench. She was in a mirrored studio with hardwood floors. The gentleman who bought it said it was karma...he has a little ballerina daughter who wants a baby grand. My only regret is not having a copy, but from now on, I'll make sure to have a print made. Thanks, saddlerider, for your beautiful artistic view. Hugs and wink


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

As Fay says, 'It's all Amy'. By now there is this distinctive style that is so erudite and emphatic yet entertaining and ebullient ( I am getting carried away with my e-words- excusez moi!)reading this makes me ecstatic and this ain't no exaggeration.

your poetry is magnificent and your command over words continues to amaze me. I see a more gentler, romantic side emerge from the sassy, fierce warrior. The words and the painting go so well together Amy, will you tell me your secrets, 'cos I want to know!

I love the whole poem and my particular fav:

'Where is the arrow that belongs to the bow

That will claim the heart you want to glow

Read me the passage for love to grow

Tell me, your secrets, I want to know'


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

Thank you, Docmo, for your so creative comments. This was so much fun to put together. I am anxious to get my other paintings combo'd with poetry. It is just the best feeling to put a piece of my own artwork with my own poetry! It makes me feel like, like, like, oh, I don't know, maybe an....ARTIST!!! There's not much better than that.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Amy, it's Karma for the both of you. You created a wonderful painting that was meant to be in a little girl's room, he stumbled upon it at your office and Voila, he fell in love with it.

It was meant to be, you made a little girl very happy, it will breath and live on, don't worry about the cash exchanged, your name is on the painting and when you become famous, the little girl will be so pleased to have it.

Keep painting, the money will take care of itself down the road. Hugs and wink back at ya.


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

Oh sweet saddlerider, thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I don't give a hoot about the bucks. I was so happy with his excitement and longing for that painting, I almost just gave it to him. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your words.


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epigramman 5 years ago

..oh dear God Amy I really do love your painting - it literally is a work of art - and without patronizing you like a buddy I would really be honored to hang your painting on any one of my cottage walls !!!!!

In fact I just stared at it for awhile - couldn't take my eyes off it as a matter of fact - and I will come back here another day to view it again and treat your hubspace from now on like an art gallery!

Now onto the words - ah yes those words - a great writer never tells all of her/his secrets - there is always plenty of room left for mystery and imagination - and you always tell so much vividly wih your words but as the same time you leave 'space' for your readers to do the rest - and believe me - your readers are always up for it - that's why we keep coming back to one of the crown jewels at hubpages - Amy you're a triple threat now: your words, your paintings and of course, you!!!!


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

Well, Colin, your words touch me so sincerely. Thank you so much. I know we talked about my paintings and I am so over the moon that you like them. I have many more, more intricate paintings that I want to photograph and put on the hub with my little "story". First, I'll have to plant my feet back on terra cotta. You make me feel like a star...which I'm not, but you do encourage me to do more...and I will. Maybe begin with the Mac Man in oil on canvas!!!

Seriously, Colin, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your words. You made me very happy.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

How beautiful and how true. It is in the secrets because in the sharing there is trust. Without trust there can't be true love. Voted up awesome,beautiful and useful!


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

Dear Pop, what a beautiful synopsis you wrote. Precisely! It is in trust where all true love is based. I only realized that fairly recently at the hub through writing and the magnificent people I have met here. It is so easy for me to delude myself regarding who to trust. I want to trust everyone, but, unfortunately, that is not wise. I've learned that there are few deep connections that we weave the web with in a lifetime...so delicate yet so tough, so resilient, so lasting...just a few souls that we share gut level secrets with and that is how it should be. It is what makes love so very special and not to be tossed about carelessly. Thank you for your profound words, Pop, as you've fired my neurons about something I've always known in my heart, but never gave but a passing thought...and what in the world is more important? Bless you!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Oh I just so love the world of Narnia. Great words and what a stunning oil painting you have done. You are a very talented person. To trust is the ultimate in a relationship, without complete trust it is doomed to failure.

I love your choice of music too - I love Carrie Underwood.

Voting up and pressing your tabs.


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

acaetnna, thank you for your beautiful words which match your most beautiful smile!


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Your talent is displayed for all to see and love;

Your words;like paint and brush; embellished canvass glove.

sligobay


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

Thank you, most kind friend, I appreciate your poetic comment!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Very beautiful words, music, and imagery. Thank you Amy.


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

Thank you, Micky Dee, for stopping by!


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Beautiful as useful. It is always enticing to read your poetry. You never disappoint.


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

Dear toknowinfo, you always gift me with the best words possible that leave me striving for better. Thank you for your support and inspiration.


ralwus 5 years ago

Most novel, Amy. I like how this was composed. My secrets are for me. Don't have many left though as I have spilled myself to all here in stupid pomes. hehe Lovely painting there too. I paint nudes. betcha dint know that. hah! keep writing. Charlie


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

Yes, I'm so happy, I got a visit from Ralwus! And, yes, I'd guess you were a painter. I already know you are an artist, so why not paints and brushes as a medium? You keep writing, too, and maybe, if we ever get lucky here at the hub, we might see one of your paintings? Well, one can hope. Thanks for the visit, Charlie.


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

Your painting brings to a Freudian mind the Trojan horse and the saying "beware Greeks bearing gift"...Does Lucy still relive the memories of a love betrayed?Tell me your secrets, I want to know :)


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

Very interesting food for thought, SilentReed. The creative mind of a writer...it's a beautiful thing. Thank you for reading my fantasy piece and leaving your commentary.


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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

Nice writing, and I really love the painting even though a hate winter LOL,

Amy, you are the best!!


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

Oh, gguy. What fantastic words. I'd best get back to painting. I've neglected it for too long. It's bad for me to let it go because I always worry "it's a fluke". The longer I stay away, the harder it is to start again. I get knotted up with the fear that I won't be able to create another.

Inspiration feeds inspiration. It is so fantastic to bring life to an empty canvas, to watch it come alive. You know what I don't like about it, cleaning the brushes!!!


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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

Work Woman!! Work!! LOL You are the best!!!


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

Awwww. Sweet words from my favorite Gecko, Gary...gguy


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Amy, your art is truly incredible! I love it. Reading your comments about selling some of it interests me, but I'm thinking that perhaps you should begin with gallery showings and have high quality numbered limited prints made to sell, hanging on to the originals until your fame makes them priceless. That ballerina one sounds so wonderful! It's just a thought! You really are talented and need not undervalue your work!

The poem is intriguing, as well. I need to read it again to fully digest it! Good marriage of poem and art, as well!


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

Thank you, Nellieanna, I'm so glad you checked this out. I have quite a few paintings here that I need to finish and, yes, I want to make prints. I've thought about the gallery concept. I researched galleries in St. Louis and found one in particular that is intriguing as they prefer exposure for new, unknowns and I love the name "Mad Art Gallery". That sure sounds like my kind of place! Thanks a million, my friend.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Ah . . The "Mad Art Gallery" sounds fun and you'd enjoy that, I bet! (I would!)


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

Yes, in fact, I'm going to go online and check it out again to see if anything new is happening. Thanks for the thought!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Interesting in both word and visuals...thanks for sharing! WB


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

Thank you Wayne. I can't tell you how much fun it was to contrive a story for one of my own paintings. As soon as I can get the rest of my artwork photographed, I want to do the same again. It was a blast. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Hey, Wayne, I just realized we look like brother and sister in our cowboy hats! Well, me as the older sis...


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Amy - Makes me purr like a kitten :)


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

I love your comment, Prince! You sure aren't the stereotypical frog...with choppers and purrs like a kitten! Kisses to the Frog Prince along side a couple ribbits.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Amy, can’t believe I’ve missed this one. It has all the qualities of a smashing song. ahorseback's comment hit me for a six: “.... how many times I have thought it’s not love or lust but only the sharing of secrets that bring people together...” This fits perfectly in my idea, rooted in some famous quote I can’t remember: “Love is the urge to know someone better.” So when you know all the secrets of another person, including what makes him/her tick, only a mutual goal can keep you together (till death do you part). That mutual goal may be anything – to be parents, to be happy until the end of time, to be rich, to be not alone.....

Tell Me Your Secrets is a beautiful, thought-provoking poem, Amy!


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

Mr dear precious friend, Martie...how profound and timely your words are to me personally. I think God is trying to tell me something through you and many things that speak to me these days. Thank you so much for going above and beyond the obvious with this piece. This comment from you, in particular, makes me know we have a strong, caring connection. It feels like you are right next to me because you are looking directly into my soul right now. Love you, my dear friend.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

I see this poem as a yearning for intimacy, closeness, desiring no secrets left unsaid between you and the one you love. I found the following lines most captivating as they were echoed so beautifully by the snow in your original, amazing, painting: "Hope that the journey is just a stone's throw

That too much time doesn't deliver a blow

And eternal winter send your love too slow."

An art museum in Delaware sponsored a contest whereby contestants wrote poems that were inspired by famous paintings and then the museum put on an exhibit of the winning poems below their matching paintings. It was very powerful as each artistic form strengthened the other.

I would suggest that if you do put this painting on exhibit for sale someplace, hang a small, possibly framed copy of the poem below or beside it.

Am rating this hub up, useful, awesome and beautiful and hope to see even more of your art work in other hubs. Am going to view "Don't Like Goodbye" now so I can see your other painting of "The Old Man."


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

Dear Happyboomernurse, You have no idea how much your comments mean to me. I have goosebumps reading them. I am going to photograph all of my artwork as soon as I can afford a camera and I plan on writing a poem on each. Thank you for your magnificent suggestion. I am making the trip to your hubs today. By the way, happy to meet you!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Oh wow! I think you're onto something wonderful with your paintings and poetic talents! So glad to be an inspiration for you.


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

Thank you! You've got me fired up with the prospect of something so unique. I'm heading for your place as I hope to find out the meaning of your "Happyboomernurse" name!


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Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

Your painting looks identical to the cover - and incidentally it is the cover of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe paperback that I grew up reading.

I love your poem, it is so sensitive and beautiful. Thank you for pointing me here!


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

Dear Charlotte, thank you so much for coming by and leaving such kind comments. I was worried, after I sent the link, that you might not like it, which would have been especially disheartening from someone who so loves the book. You made my day!


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Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

Oh no, I really like it - it is so well done, I do wish I could make art like that, you really have a gift =) I'm glad you sent the link!


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

http://hubpages.com/literature/Dont-Like-Goodbye...

This is another link to one of my paintings that I composed my own spin on. Thank you for your encouraging support, Charlotte.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Amy: I really enjoyed both the poem and the painting. They are beautiful. The poem says so much and you are so right love is the sharing of secrets. The painting is just lovely. I happen to love snow scenes and the painting is wonderful - I love the snow on the trees and the the umbrella. And the girl with the horse legs and hooves I was certainly not expecting. Like Epi, I just stared and stared at this painting for a few minutes just taking it all in. The colors you use are wonderful also - a feeling of "warmth" eventhougth this is a snow scene. Brillant!


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

Dear Suzette, I never got notice of your comment left here. I just happened upon this one and found it. I am so sorry. Thank you so much for your lovely words. The painting is from The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. It is painting of Tumnus. My ex loves to read and he asked that I paint this for him, so it resides in my former home with him. My intent was to paint another snowy fir tree, but never got to it so I look at it as perpetually unfinished. Rather symbolic actually. I'm glad you like it, Suzette. It was great fun to paint, too. Again, I apologize for not finding your comment sooner, my friend.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

WOW! The picture does say more than a thousand words! I am really inspired by the words and the person in the picture completes the whole message! Shared and saved. Well done!


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

Thank you so much, Jo! That is exactly why I love painting...so much said in the brush of paints across a once empty canvas. It is the most amazing experience to watch a white canvas come alive, stroke by stroke!


Tantat-Tartan 4 years ago

thanks Amy for sharing this beautifully expressed poem. It is always a pleasure to read your work. Top write!


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

Thank you so much, Tantat-Tartan. I am thrilled that you like this poem. I appreciate your visit and words telling me so.

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