The Clear Moonlit Night

You bring me amplification as infinity flows into vast blueray light

Sound waves rock in pulse, I don shades to hideout in blind sight

Control teeters tipsy, stealing my grip to sit high emotions tight

Naked with my shadow exposed in the clear moonlit night

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Conversation that outdistances the line of sheer moonbeams white

Feeling the tension that torques abandonment onto fantasia's flight

Circling the ring I enter with the opposition my own flagrant fright

Naked with my shadow exposed in the clear moonlit night

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Lightweight on the canvas found subsistence in one small bite

Red wine on the table now in sweet offerings to jive just right

Whispered wafts of wanton desires may hurt the heart in spite

Naked with my shadow exposed in the clear moonlit night

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Held myself together leaning away from the last blow of the final fight

Paced at the edge, wanting to win, lines in the sand, entered upright

All bets are off while anticipation builds in the twisted turns of twilight

Naked with my shadow exposed in the clear moonlit night

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Fairy glitter shadowed eyes, where once upon a time, saw no knight

A Scottish love left in angel arms away to winged abandoned height

Bandage on a twisted heart as flatline touched midnights darkest might

Naked with my shadow exposed in the clear moonlit night

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I take your hand cautiously to step safe from inky darkness into bright

Soft the seasons gentle transit, love will find me when its time is right

Hell and back, each moment felt, I stand strong, defiant not contrite

Naked with my shadow exposed in the clear moonlit night

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Wow, Amy! Haven't we all been in this situation at one time or another. Standing naked in the moonlight. Ready for fight or flight. Another amazing poem and your word choice is so great. Enjoyed reading this one. "I take your hand cautiously . . ." I love that line Amy - trying to find the light.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Have you been gone my dear? I don't remember seeing any notifications about you. Well, I'm glad you are back and writing once more, because I have missed your beauty.

The eternal struggle for us humans, eh? Standing in the shadows...standing in the sunlight....which way to turn? Do I trust? Do I pull back into my hole, lonely but safe?

Nobody does it better than you, Amy, and devoted I shall remain.

hugs from Olympia

bill


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

Seems truly inspired by the words of an ancient poetress, and conveyed in whispers, to spread its story over the canvas of time, not to be left undone. Nicely done, Amy, nicely done.


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

Dear heart, Suzette, you've given me courage with your words. Thank you seems so lame...but I do sincerely thank you. I took my time writing this, because getting the emotions right was difficult. The line you so generously commented on came, what I felt too easily, and I changed it and then changed it back, so I am glad to hear that you like it. I am so encouraged to see that you so fully see my message. Sending love your way, my friend.


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

Beautiful and so well done! Voted up plus 2


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

I've been here, Bill, but gone on a train of thought. I have some catching up to do. My sister is in from Hawaii visiting and I'm finding less blocks of solid time to write or read at the hub lately. Becky leaves for home on Oct 21st, so forgive me for my temporary sojourn. I don't like losing my momentum with my writing or my brushes, but life happens. Thank you for hanging with me despite my interludes, my friend. Hugs to you from St. Lou


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

Dear whonunuwho, Thank you for your nobly beautiful words, poetic magic in themselves. You've made my day, my artistic friend.


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

Sommer, Thank you so much for your generous, confidence boosting comment. I appreciate your words more than I can say.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

To "step safe from tht inky darkness into bright" sometimes takes much courage. There msut be a canvas to go with this. Up!


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

Dear xstatic, A canvas is a brilliant idea that I hadn't even thought of, my friend. You've given me something very interesting to consider. Thank you, xstatic!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Passionate wording within restrained phrasing - that's a unique talent you possess, m'dear Amy.

Missed you for a spell so happy to know that it was your sister, Becky, occupying your attention.


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

Thank you, dear drbj, for your words and especially missing me. It's been years since I've seen my sis. She seems happy and more laid back than I remember. I'm laughing more with her than I ever remember. The time I'm spending with her feels more relaxed; less tense, less awkward. She is here in St. Louis until Oct 21st, so I may be writing a little less until I get back into the routine I love. Missed you, too, by the way. Trust me


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epigramman 4 years ago

....one of the great Bechererisms of all time - that last line in each stanza -

"Naked with my shadow exposed in the clear moonlit night."

Very sensuous impressionism indeed and I can 'always' see/read the 'painter' in you when I look at your words and your word arrangement .

I also give poor old Google a workout with words I've never seen before and Google says to me now - "Oh I see that Amy has brought you back here again."

But yes Amy you are a sight for sore eyes - you have been missed and it's been far too long .

Thank you for making the 'art' of words - a captivating and an aesthetic journey - your creative imprint is entirely your own and you combine deftly style with substance, emotion with intellect and poetic yin with yang like no one else ........ lake erie time 8:37pm

And like the vastness of a great film, the magnetism of a great song, and a multi-interpretation of a Dylan lyric - your work always requires repeat readings and through that process, well for me anyway, I see something 'different' everytime ......


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

Like the crazy diamond you are, Colin, your words make me shine with happiness and tears. You can't possibly know how much your words touch me.

I feel that I am home here with friends...family, actually, who notice when I'm gone and even miss me. There is nothing better than knowing that I matter, in any capacity. I feel incredibly honored to be part of such a kind, generous, and talented family of friends, while doing what I love most. I feel divine intervention brought me here and you, Mister C, and all of my friends keep me here. It's magic, just like you...thank you


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Beloved One Amy,

Each brilliant line you have written here is exquisite. This is the poetry of a true poet, and as such must be read over and over until one's heart is to overflow with sheer elation as to what has been painted with your magnificent words. You are the best of the best dear one.

Voted Way Up

God bless you always. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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

Dearest Faith, I'm wondering if your grandson has been born. I'm hoping, when you have the time, if you will please share your adorable grandson's photos with your readers.

Thank you for your beautiful words to me, Faith. I am so glad that our paths crossed. It is divine intervention. Your message to me makes me feel like the richest person on earth, my sweet friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. The brightness of moonlight shall always guide us and never leave us in darkness. Wonderful sentiments in your poetry. Much enjoyed and loved the video. Passing this on.


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

Dear Gypsy girl, Thank you for your beautiful comment and passing this along. I appreciate your support, kindness and friendship more than I can say. You rock, my friend.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I have been there, once, and I know. Circling the ring in hesitation before entering, once again. And to step away from the warm safety of the red wine and the black ink of the darkness. Our shadows exposed, in the clear moonlit night. (Ouch…I felt that one! :-) ) To know that love will find you again when the timing is right. Our shadows exposed, in the clear moonlit night. Love will, Amy, as this is your destiny, dear poet. Bravo, my friend. Up and way beyond for this brilliant, powerful write. Have a wonderful visit with Sis. :-)


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

Your beautiful comment, Genna, brought to mind how often in the past 2 years I've wondered what I'd done to deserve the avalanche of challenging events that have befallen me. Your comment just made me wonder what I've done to deserve the positive words, a lifeline, so to speak, to arrive on my doorstep. I am going to lean into your positive message and hold on to just how wonderful I feel right now in receiving these words. You and all my friends that have gathered here have changed my outlook and my direction. Your words give me hope, joy and purpose. I'm sending love your way, Genna, and much thanks.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Great poetry. It's all on the timing. Capturing the moment has to be done or you're doomed to chase your own shadow. Just my thought from past experience. Be one of the adults in the room...

The Frog


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

Dear Frog Prince, The boundaries between impulsiveness and making decisions based on careful thought are difficult for me to bridge. The higher the stakes, the bigger the leap of faith. Deciding if the risk is worth the cost versus wondering what I might miss causes angst for me. Who is the adult in the room; the one who thinks too long or the one who jumps in with both feet too soon? How does one decide? It's all a chance. Determining the adult seems to depend on the outcome, which in many cases, is not predictable...or there'd be no quandry. I think any individual's tendencies for making critical decisions are formed early by genetics, parental example and peers. Though I've always been cautious, I've made many mistakes. As I've gotten older, I wonder if peace isn't a better choice, even if I must give up some excitement. Right now, I can still make the choice. If I wait too much longer, time will make it for me! LOL

Thank you for a very thought-provoking comment, Jim. I appreciate your support and thoughts.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Amy - Instinct... There is no reward without associated risk. There is a trend these days to either ignore that or not teach our children well about it. We've all made mistakes old friend. The true test is did we learn from them and were they at another person's expense in any way, not just monetarily either. The adult in the room is usually the one who is capable of making a choice and taking the associated risk involved. If you do that you might actually find that you aren't actually the only adult in the room. There just may be another there watching it all come down and wondering why. Here's one of my favorite songs for that statement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUD98hVxr4o

I've learned that I can only care about another person when they care about themselves. Kinda deep huh? But I'm known to be at times. I'm at peace with myself. But there is always room for others.

The Frog


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

That's one of my favorite songs, too, Jim. I listened to it with a new perspective just now. Her last words "I don't think you know how I feel" is correct for each of us. I've spent a lifetime acquiesing to the other's wishes, always thinking everyone knew better than I; that there was something fundamentally wrong with me if I disagreed. It has been the bane of what has been a self-imposed hostage situation for me. Only now, through my writing, am I beginning to feel like I have something of value to say, to think on my own. I've had to be tough to survive, but so often, I relied on being sweet, smiling through my pain, agreeing with someone I really didn't. No more, because it is not real. I finally realized I was doing the other and myself a great disservice by pretending. I would rather have outright disagreement or temporary discomfort than a lifetime of fakery. I am so grateful to you and all my friends at the hub for letting me know that I am not a loser with nothing to say. I matter, no less and no more than anyone else. I am entitled to feel as I feel without apology. From someone who never said "no", I now do when I feel it is the honest, right thing to do. Although it sometimes feels harsh, and, in that capacity, more difficult, when it is spoken in the truth, it is always much kinder than pretending. Thank you, Jim, for listening. You've helped me clarify some of my own thoughts, too.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is so beautiful Amy. A battle royal, do i step fully into the ring or perhaps stay on the edge? Love will find me when it's time is right. Love that line! Happy you are back writing, missed you..Cyber Hug.


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

Oh, thank you, Ruby, I missed you terribly. Thank you for noticing I wasn't around much. I'll be a bit sporatic in attendance with my sister in town from Hawaii until Oct 21st. I haven't seen her in years.

You summed up my poem perfectly, Ruby. I rushed into two marriages in my youth and, for all intents and purposes, gave my youth away. I'm in no hurry these days. I love peace and solitude. It's a big part of who I am. I'm thrilled to see you, Ruby Tuesday, and I'm sending you hugs from St. Lou.


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

Craftily crafted.


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

You are one crafty commenter, Perspycacious. Thank you


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Dusted with the silver of the moonlit night

Glimmer glow of twinkles descend starlight

Words that sear nightsky constellations bright

Amy’s poems dazzle, dance and take flight...

Love, Mohan.


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

You, Docmo, exude shimmer. The sun and moon are rendered bashful in your presence. Thank you for your magically poetic picture that is a shining reflection of you. You are intimidatingly talented, Mohan. Your visit is an honor that leaves me smiling ear to ear. Love, Amy


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Amy, it has been a while since I watched a clear moonlit night. Your wonderful descriptions aroused some cravings.

I loved the uniformed rhythm, and wonderful word pictures.

Cheers


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

Awww, thank you so much, Vinaya. The moon is a powerful force for inspiration. It exerts more control than most of us are aware. Thank you for the visit and your great comment.


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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

I love your writing Amy! This was a real pleasure to read. So glad to have read it! Hope you're doing well!


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

Your visits, Aubrey, are always like being surprised with the most wonderful gift. You always brighten my day. I hope you are doing well, too. Thank you, my sweet friend.

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