The Light of the Stars

In a celestial tango, the earthbound dance with the sun

By depth of night the slow waltz of the lonely has begun

Beneath the magic of moonbeams together we are spun

And the light from the stars up above shine on everyone

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Without malice and only truth each pure creature on the run

Instinctive drive tames the stark wild path to survival won

Hunger not hate the motivation for obeying thy will be done

And the light from the stars up above shine on everyone

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Balance in beams of the sun and moon hold an ocean in stun

Test of the wills in a fiery storm each god denies being outdone

Pulled into a battle the inhabitants left to ride out destiny's fun

And the light from the stars up above shine on everyone

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Given gifts of logic and reason, humanities excuses are none

Laws of the jungle aren't seen in the city as man chooses a gun

Hope still lives in the souls that pray goodness will overcome

And the light from the stars up above shine on everyone

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scrittobene 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

You are an awesome poet Amy and I am so glad our mutual Muse Epigramman recommended you to me. "Laws of the jungle aren't seen in the city as man chooses a gun" - What a great line here. I am reminded of how our true nature emerges for better or for worse when we are stripped of all of life's trimmings such as fame, fortune, appearance and social standing. Those of us who have experienced this can be grateful that "......the light from the stars up above shine on everyone." - whereby the light being indiscriminate in nature and non-judgemental or prejudiced, acts as a great equalizer among the living. Voted up and looking forward to reading more of your hubs. Cheers, Maria D'Alessandro from Down Under Melbourne 3.00pm Frid.


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

scrittobene, You got it...you really did. That is exactly the point of my intention...that light is indiscriminate and remains the great equalizer. You are awesome! Thank you so much for taking the time, not only to read this piece, but to let me know so specifically, what you took from this write. I appreciate your time and sincere attention.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

I could not have explained it any better or possibly as well as scrittobene did. You have put into words the instinct, the basic drive of man. But as usual you have done this with your distinctive, beautiful style.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi Amy....I see in the first part that this is the natural instinct of those who live naturally....as intended...One, for natural necessity, and survival; Your beautiful first stanza paints another comparative scene....In a celestial tango, the earthbound dance with the sun

By depth of night the slow waltz of the lonely has begun' (I also see this as a big city scene...) but, I'm staying w/the juxtaposed metaphors....

I'm confusing the issue..Amy, this is beautiful. I see that wild animals; nature continues on as it is....in a natural role...no maliciousness; just survival.. In the end, we see how we, humans, do not understand the laws of nature..no; we are, as if driven and guided as puppets by unforgiving and unkind gods...mythological...directing our moves ....

:Given gifts of logic and reason, humanities excuses are none

Laws of the jungle aren't seen in the city as man chooses a gun"

Though we have thie gifts of logic and reason; and could live purely by the laws of nature which are not malicious... we do not use these..but, there are others who still hold out hope....

Oh, this is so beautiful...I don't know if I have a clue but I know what it says to me....pure work of art, Amy..such an amazing gift....you publish this book of poems..I'm buying for all my friends!!!


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

Mark, thank you so much. You have a special way of saying everything you say...always in the context of your spirit of kindness, intellect and dignity.


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

I worried about the third stanza, Kathy. It's too obtuse. You described everything perfectly. However, I can tell that the stanza in question is just plain "odd" (like me!). My intent is to refer to the sun and moon's pull on the ocean and life beneath the sea. The "dual" is the gravitational pull (the fight between the sun and the moon, which I refer to as "gods"), neither wanting to reliquish their effect on the ocean. The inhabitants are the creatures in the sea, along for the ride on the whim of destiny.

Thank you so much, my friend. You help me so much by detailing what you see. Although the 3rd stanza is awkward, I understand that you see the essense of the meaning. I always worry, Kathy, because I know where I'm coming from inside my "skewed" brain, but it's a trip trying to unscramble my crazy thoughts so that anyone else would want to read it, much less understand. You are a true friend, Kathy. You care enough to "get me". I love you, my friend.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

hi Amy....no, you said it clearly within that stanza..it is clear. I get carried away with my own 'odd,' weird and wacky world of reality...and project it onto others' words...I guess we all do; can't help it. Anyway...I see, clearly, that the stanza stands on it's own and with clarity.

It is beautiful. That's all I have to say! :-)


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

I get a kick out of you, Kathy. There's nothing odd or weird or wacky about your reality. I am glad you saw this one, because I thought about you when I specifically included the animal kingdom. I knew you would see it for the pure intent in all animals, as it is instinct that drives them, as opposed to human nature. For all the advantages that human beings have, we are not only self-destructive, but destructive to other human beings, animals and the planet we live on. The irony is that for all the superiority the majority holds over everything else in nature, more evil is inflicted by humanity than any other species. Yet, the impartial universe blesses us all.

I think the beauty in poetry is in each interpretation. Otherwise, who would write? And, who would read?

You are a great friend to me. Thank you, Lucky Cats!


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Amy, I expected something totally different and ended up getting something so unique and beautiful. Yes, while the starlight opens the music of nocturnal life, with little subtle movements, under the dark vegetation- the music is so harshly disturbed by the greed of man, seeking darkness after he has had enough of the light. Awesome, voted up.


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

sen.sush, Your comment is exquisitely beautiful. I'm glad you lighted here and found something unexpected, yet worthy of your thoughtful merit. I appreciate your visit, sen.sush, and your rich comment to me. Thank you so much.


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epigramman 4 years ago

....okay let me pause for a moment - note to myself here - arrive 'early' with my morning coffee and I might just be lucky and 'get ahead' of the Buc of Billy - lol lol - must keep this in mind for future reference - and because I can't believe my luck I will shall go out today and buy a winning lottery ticket.

One way to guage a great writer is to notice all of the other great writers on 'her' page paying their tributes and it is so noticeable on your page today Amy.

...and because you are so quotable here are some of my favorite Bechererisms ......

"In a celestial tango, the earthbound dance with the sun...."

...actually Amy after this first classic line I would end up 'quoting' each line to my writing class if I were an English teacher ......and my goodness you have taught (and taught me well) from the first day we met over 2 years ago - and you are just reaching your creative and artistic peak as of now ..... only God knows how much better and more confident you can only get ...... and because I know of you as a painter too I would always say I see that 'influence' in your writing as well.

I envision you standing there in front of your blank canvas wearing a french beret and holding a brush and a palette of 'colorful' words .....lake erie time 10:10am

p.s. - and with each poetic jewel you deliver to us a 'poetic puzzle' to be solved and perhaps open to interpretation and certainly 'by not spelling it out in plain detail' you are a true master at your craft and your readers are rewarded with every line that you write .....


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

So many thoughts circle my brain whenever I read your comments, Mister C. Your imagination paints vivid imagery that has the power to fire my neurons. I can see myself, in the beret I so desire, paints in hand in front of a new canvas, and these days, that means collecting my thoughts, brainstorming and preparing to paint a new poem.

You nailed it, Colin, when you notice the fine writers that visit my work. I am amazed and honored that each one gives me their time and the gift of their interpretation. Each one a creative artist and every moment they give me makes me ecstatically happy to be here. I am like a kid at Christmas as I anticipate their gift to me, because, if truth be told, without them, I wouldn't write. What point if the readers don't take away something of value? Nothing brings me greater joy than offering something that brings beauty, joy or meaning that lives on. Thank you, Mister C, for the opportunity to thank you and all the beautiful people I have the pleasure of interacting with in my little corner of the world.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Your poetry always gives me pause. I want to read your hunting words over and over again so I can feel them. You rock! Up and awesome.


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

Poppy, I love you, my friend. Your words rock my world.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

"The light form the stars up above shines on everyone." A beautiful and all-inclusive thought. It is too bad that the "laws of the jungle" still have such compulsion as "man chooses gun."

Beautiful work Amy!


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

Actually, my intent, xstatic, was to convey that city life doesn't abide by the laws of the jungle when man chooses a gun. The inhabitants of the jungle do what is necessary, not from hate, but out of hunger. Animals utilize instinct and bear no weapons. They are pure. While humans can reason, some choose destruction. Yet, all life is privy to the same blessings from the unbiased universe. I am so glad you like this, xstatic. It is somewhat obtuse and I love hearing your take. I am compelled, although I write for the beauty of interpretation, to explain my thought processes in composing a piece, so I don't leave my friends thinking "that broad's nuts". I am always relieved when I can see that you and all my readers find meaning in the essence of what I write. Thank you so much, my brilliant friend.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

I see that point on rereading Amy. I guess I was thinking of the most dangerous creature in the jungle: humankind. No way "that broad's nuts," by the way.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy,

Epi has no worries about beating me to your work...I now have to take the time to study your poems, for they are so multi-dimensional that I can't do them justice if I hurry to be first to comment.

I'm reminded of Darwinism when I read this....only the strongest survive...and that we all, despite our efforts to prove otherwise, are simply animals at our core, and we do what animals do...survive in any way possible.

Of course, I may be so incredibly far off the mark that it is sad. I told you, I am not a complicated man nor am I terribly intelligent...I just know what I like and I like you and your work. It moves me...forces me to think....and that can never be a bad thing.

love always,

bill


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

Dear xstatic, You got that right. Humankind in the jungle has nearly killed off species. They come armed and dangerous, even for the strongest beasts of the jungle. I've seen too many unbearably sad true stories about animals, posing no threat, that are slaughtered by poachers. Thank you for your kindness, xstatic, and a laugh, too!


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

Dear Bill, I beg to differ in your personal assessment. You write like a dream. Your style of writing doesn't come without a great deal of intellectual thought, written to be relatable to everyone. If I don't get to your latest early after publishing, I have to scroll down about 15-minutes before I reach the end!!! I know how busy you are and I find your telling me that you study my poems extremely meaningful and touching. You are the best kind of friend...who says what he means and means what he says.

As far interpretation, the beauty of poetry is that which has something that carries meaning to many. Sometimes, just a phrase rings a chord or a particular stanza. I am always happy when a reader finds one thing that resonates. When reading a poem becomes "work", its beauty is lost. It's the very thing that I abhorred about poetry before I took an interest in it here. Like any art form, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I am honored that you give mine a chance. Sending love from St. Louis your way, Bill.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A great message of hope so artistically described. Voted it up.


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

Thank you so much, Blossom. Your vote of confidence means the world to me.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Amy, I am so in awe of your talent to write profound, meaningful poems in rhyme. This reminds me of a scripture in the Bible - God allows rain to fall on good and evil. Indeed, the stars and the sun shine on each and everyone of us, and indeed, light is indiscriminate and remains the great equalizer.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Amy, this is so beautiful. What a poignant time to write this poetry. I'm reminded that the stars, sunshine, and rain falls on the honest, hard-working farmer as well as the shooter who walks into a place of worship and kills the innocent. Thank you again for sharing my friend...


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

Martie, Your profound words resonates with me and is exactly my intent with this poetry. Thank you for your beautiful, beautiful comment.


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

Dear Ruby, When I read your words, I got goosebumps. Your mind works in wonderous ways, as your statement is stark, raw truth. I wrote this thinking about the dramatic rise in crime here in St. Louis this summer, with 58 shootings in the last couple of weeks, most of them random. Each morning, when I wake, I hear the news of overnight shootings (another found dead downtown early this morning). Many are gangs that go through neighborhoods and open fire on the streets. A young 17 year old girl, on her front porch with her family after giving her graduation speech this year with plans to head to nursing school this fall, was shot dead by a random shooting. Unfortunately, the NRA holds a lot of power and the laws are not likely to change. Without the easy availability of weapons, everyone and their mentally ill brother wouldn't have them. Why was the "gunman in the theater" legally privy to an arsenal when he's been under the care of a psychiatrist for years? You got me going, Ruby. Thank you so much for your thought-provoking comment and thank you for your support. Love you


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You are a verbal artist, Amy, who uses language as discriminately and selectively as a pictorial artist who selects just the right shade to complement his or her graphic representation. This is one of your best. But I am not surprised!


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

Dearest drbj, I was just thinking about something you said to me not all that long ago, to the effect that I was going to be just fine...you said "Promise". That touched me on a deep level and I will never forget how secure, how uplifted I felt hearing that from you. The comment you just left me solidifies that sense of "all is right" in my world. I thank you for that, drbj. You've also helped me in selecting which pieces I will include in my book of published poems. This will now officially be one. Love you, my friend.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

May the stars continue to shine upon us and to guide us toward goodness. This is so wonderful Amy. Voted up and awesome. As always you don't disappoint.


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

Thank you for your kindness, Gypsy. I want to give my undivided attention to Cruella's adventures later today. Your fairytale series is magic!

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