The Path of Human Pathos

Stood but a dot in the long, lateral arms cast off an old tree

Hidden from the moon man's stone cold eyes too staid to see

Logic in the cinematic chaos of our dance across the marquee

While our cries commiserate in the pathos of human debris

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Linguistic lines linger in limbo where liars lanquish 'let it be'

As hungry hostages fall to false gods that hold greed the key

The sun heats a jungle beat on the street to its raging degree

While our cries commiserate in the pathos of human debris

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What hope when a pope cries God was asleep and follows to flee

Now, where, as I lay me down to sleep, do I plant a lost beggar's plea

And the lion slays the lamb as nature's law leads by survival's decree

While our cries commiserate in the pathos of our human debris

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Still, within the embrace of the silent moonlight, trust holds me free

As the branches of a weathered tree cradle a new nest to oversee

Innocence in the clear, upturned eyes of a child at her mother's knee

Pauses the cries commiserating in the pathos of our human debris




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Dancing Water 3 years ago

Dearest Amy,

Once again you so eloquently express the anguish of living this life, but at the denouement lies redemption in Nature, in the love of a mother for her child, in the beauty that enfolds us if we seek it.

There are times I want to scream in anguish as to the direction humankind has taken. I want to rail against God for allowing this insanity. However, deep within my spirit I know that we are the answer in creating a peaceful place by honoring Nature, Love and all that is beautiful and true. So love warriors must continue the fight.

Your poetry bespeaks of a beautiful, sensitive, wise warrior whose rich arsenal embodies all that is sacred.

Love and blessings,

Reba


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

Dearest Reba,

Your comment is so real that it touches me on the deepest level; so much that I burst into tears. In fact, every time I read your words I am struck by how perfect "Dancing Water" describes you and makes me feel strongly connected to you.

Though I grew up educated in the Catholic school system, I never felt the spirituality inside a church that I do in nature. The politics of being part of the human race destroys the spirit, but nature is pure, unadulterated, and never corrupt. It simply, quietly, is. That is where I find faith, hope, love, serenity and spirituality.

Thank you, Dancing Water, for the exquisite beauty in your thoughtful words. Love and blessings to you, my friend.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Gee Amy this looks like a title from the epi-man, lol. And I knew exactly where this 'path' was leading to unfortunately with the concept of 'human pathos.'

And that's a lot of 'human debris' we have to clean up after each other

Amy.

Once again each line is carefully conceived and crafted with your patented style of intellect and emotion.

It's as if you can make a painting come to life and speak.

I can't say I've ever seen/read words which were colored like this and not just for the sake of looking pretty and having an impressionistic poetic look about them, no, your very words have so much deep soul and provocative meaning to them.

One of the many hats you wear other than the obvious one of a painter is also that of a 'teacher' ....... You would have been an excellent teacher in your day, Amy. Heck you would have been an excellent 'English' teacher , lol, because I always feel like a 'student' in your presence and

I am forever wearing out the Google word search.

I often say that the noun's best friend is the adjective. Well the noun and the adjective's best friend is you. The writer with the magic brush.

Thank you for your eloquent and sensitive thoughts here. Perhaps we can all reach out and learn from each other. It's never too late as long as collectively and individually as members of the human race we don't take too many steps backwards. But for me Amy I am sure all of your lucky readers are taking big steps forward everytime you grace us not only with the art of poetry at its finest but also a valuable lession in humanity. You are what matters here at the Hub. You are taking your words and changing us in the way we think and feel about ourselves and you are doing it in such a creative, instructive and novel way that it always boggles the epi-man's mind.

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

Your magnificent comment strikes a strong chord with me, Colin, because everytime I read one of your epigrams, I am enriched and realize that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, we are all impacted by each other. I can't count how many times I've set the 'google' engines in motion looking up a historic reference in one of your pieces, or checked the precise definition of a word for future reference.

You, Mister C, being one of hublands most profoundly prolific artists, I look to you, for even more than moral support, in that I rely on your words as a barometer for the measurement of my growth as a writer. And if there was a monetary value for that, you would be a millionaire. There have been a number of times when I despaired, when I've thought about writing as merely a pipe dream of mine, thinking I had nothing new to say, that my meanderings would mean little to anyone else. But, all I have to do is read your beautiful comments, and I feel confident that I am on the right path. Thank you, Colin, for being in my corner. It matters more than I can ever say.


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Amy darling, you simply have to take your amazing talent to a publisher who will unleash your gift on the world. You could, should, and would go down in history as one of the great poets and philosophers of our time. This one is magnificent both for its message and its artistry. Way to go girlfriend.


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

Bless you, Linda, my friend. Seriously, I risk sounding like a nincompoop, but by publishing do you mean self-publishing a book (by which I am intimidated) or submitting some of my work to a publisher as it is to get an idea of the reception my poetry would generate from publishers? I've researched some of self-publishing online and the articles contradict each other to the point I throw my hands in the air and 'forget about it'.

Thank you for your exciting 'food for thought' comment and your invaluable confidence boosting support, Linda. Now, you've really got me thinking!!!


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Amy, I have enough confidence in you for both of us. lol Seriously, I would explore both. In fact, if I were as talented as you, I would be mailing my work to Maya Angelou or Oprah Winfrey every week. Then, I would be mailing samples to every publisher whose name I could find. And then, I would publish my own small collection on Amazon as an e-book. Now, I'm talking big because I've never done any of this but I would listen to "articles". I would just go for it. You are far too talented to only be heard here.


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

Oh, Linda, I love the idea of mailing my work to Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey! Now I'm really excited. What a great idea and a fantastic place to start. I love the idea of being pro-active and just doing it. Sending big hugs to you!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy, please follow Linda's advice and look into publishing Obviously you don't have the money to self-publish right now, but I would certainly dip my toe in the agent and publisher water and see if you can get someone interested in your work. It really is that good. All it's going to cost you is an email to find out.

Your grasp of the human condition is musical....beautiful....powerful....and at times overwhelming. It is an attack on the psyche that screams to be heard.

Sending love from Olympia

bill


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Very powerful, Amy. How eloquently you described the trail of debris left in our wake. Voting up.


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

Dear Bill, Thank you so much for the vote of confidence and your advise regarding emailing agents. I wasn't sure about the cost of self-publishing, because there is so much contradictory information online. I appreciate your input and your encouraging support. Although you say you are not a poem, I beg to differ. Your comment is powerfully poetic, Bill. Sending love from St Lou


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

Thank you, Wayne, for your generously encouraging words to me. For all the powerful tools that humanity possesses; intellect, reasoning, emotions, conscience and consciousness, we continually prove to be our own worst enemy. Nature, however, is where I see the beauty of symmetry, harmony and acceptance. It functions as our creator intended. Thank you, Wayne, for your support.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hello Dear Amy, you have such a talent for going so deep into the discomfort of man, and prodding and pushing to make us shake of the complacency and mourn with you. Amazing. I never look at the moon now without having you in my thoughts. Sending love your way.


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

OMG, Vicki, what a powerfully moving thing to say to me...to be thought of while looking at the moon...I can't imagine anything more beautiful. You have touched me deeply, my friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, my friend. Sending you love from St. Lou


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Isaac White 3 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

incredible poem, i voted up.

I. WHITE


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

Dear Isaac, Thank you so much. I appreciate your awesome comment!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

This is beautiful Amy--your poetry has moved to a deeper level--perhaps you have too, but in any case, this is stunning!


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

That is a supreme compliment coming from an artist of your magnitude, Audrey. I have embraced my thoughts, accepted and have grown to value my differences, and I am eternally grateful to you, Audrey, for noticing. Although I have never learned the formal script for meditation, I go to a relaxed, focused place inside when I write now. What directed my early forays in writing was surface motivated, but now my focus comes from the core of deeper ideas, thoughts and emotions. Thank you, Audrey, for not only reading the words, but feeling their meaning.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I felt sad while reading this masterpiece until i read, " The branches of a weathered tree cradle a new nest to oversee. " There is hope for humanity through all this debris. New life brings a new beginning. Beautiful Amy. The video , perfect for this piece...


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

Dearest Ruby, I find the happenings in the world very sad, and after the CT school shootings, I still feel helpless about the devastation, the irreparable loss of innocent lives that no laws can ever bring back. In the end, though, dear Ruby, I always come back to the fear that without hope, we are lost. So, I look to the reliability of the coming Spring, Easter, new life in birds, bunnies and babies, and I have hope. Thank you, my most beautiful friend.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Your first three poignant stanzas, Amy, echo much of the despair, desolation, and deprivation that humanity currently endures. Then in the final stanza, you bring your readers up and out of that maelstrom we inhabit and provide hope in the future through the sweet innocence of our children. Brava is just not a powerful enough appellation to use so I say it to the nth degree!


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

It is impossible not to be affected by the news, dear drbj, and the temptation of becoming immersed in depression is real. I would even venture to think that some might feel guilty if they experience joy with the realization that someone is suffering somewhere. But birth of a new life, the beauty in nature, and the changing seasons are intended to be celebrated with joy and hope. Happiness is the key to hope. Without hope, what is there? A full life includes the spectrum of emotions; none of them wrong. But, if we only wallow in despair, hope dies and, I feel, the full experience of life is wasted. Thank you, drbj, for your profound feedback on this piece and for allowing me to blather on! Hugs to you


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

".... While our cries commiserate in the pathos of human debris...."

Dear Amy, there was a time my heart and mind was in the future, filled with hope and dreams. Then there was a time it was in the past - in the entire history of manhood - and my "cries commiserate in the pathos of human debris...."

I've learned the hard way to focus on the present and to be happy just because I am breathing and able to enjoy nature, the people I love and whatever I enjoy doing.

What is, was and will be. Life is like the sea, forever ebbing and flowing - an enormous power, absorbing and creating storms. We humans are but only like the plankton in the sea. We think we have power, but we are not even a breeze in the universe.

Beautiful, thought-provoking poem.

Take care, dear Amy!

Beautiful video!


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

You have a brilliant mind, Martie. Of course, I've known that for a long time. Your words here are not only poetically and intellectually beautiful, but born of experience and the realization that no matter how smart we think we are, we are not in control of the very things that can give us hope. Nature follows its own path, reliably yet unpredictably where in one blow it can bring us exquisite joy or devastation. In every life, there is joy, sorrow, love and loss and the only choice human beings control are our perceptions, what we take away from the experiences and where we wallow. I read an article in the March 2013 Vogue, written by Emily Rapp titled "Taking Care" that I will never forget about this young mother's heartbreaking journey with her baby son after his diagnosis with the fatal, genetic disease, Tay-Sachs. I cried throughout the story, as she described her beautiful babies devastating progression to the inevitable and how it became the unraveling of her life. The story culminated with little Ronan, at three, blind, immobile, with seizures, near death, yet how Emily Rapp discovered "the kind of love that stripped her to the bone and made her the luckiest mother in the world." If you get a chance, Martie, go online and read this story, as it is a gut-wrenching portrait of your beautiful comment.

Thank you, Martie, for always making me think. You make me better.

Take good care of yourself, Marie.


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

Hi Amy, Your poem speaks to me of man's callous inhumanity and the hope that a child brings. Are we powerless, or do we choose to do nothing. I am feeling sad tonite. I just lost a long time friend. It is bad enough when that we have to deal with loss for natural reasons. It seems unacceptable the cruelty and hurt that others needlessly impose. As usual, your words capture our world in such thought provoking ways. Thank you.


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

I am so sorry to hear you lost a long time friend, toknowinfo. Your statement here says it all so well...it is bad enough when we must deal with loss for natural reasons...but to purposely hurt others is inhumane, cruel and without conscience. When I watch the news I am incredulous at the pain human beings intentionally inflict on one another. It is especially sad, perplexing and disheartening to see the relentless crimes perpetrated against societies most vulnerable; children, the sick and elderly and animals. It is reprehensibly, indefensibly real and it never stops.

Thank you, toknowinfo, for your thought provoking comment. Again, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved friend.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

We ask what humanity sometimes is. Thought provoking, Amy.........and the repeated image poignant! Sharing!


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

Thoughtful images. Made me think of where does humanity wish to go? Sometimes it seems like all we want to do is go the way of the dinosaur, at other times it seems we want to push to the stars. Fly free or perish.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Amy: Oh, to be living in a more innocent time. You have truly depicted the times with your words. This has really captured my attention. "The cries that commiserate in the pathos of human debris." I don't know how you come up with these great lines of poetry, but you do. You are so succinct in capturing life as it really is now. Your poetry never ceases to amaze me Amy. All we can do is live in the moment and try to be happy. The future is not bright right now and the tone of your poem really brings that feeling to the fore. Thank you again for a wonderful poem. You are a hidden gem!


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Isaac White 3 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

your welcome. :)


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

Thank you so much, M, for your awesome comment and sharing! You made my rainy day a lot brighter.


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

Your words ring so true, Angelo. I feel like most of us hang between diametrically opposite poles; hope and hopelessness. The dramatic struggles of humanity have always existed, as history tells. Though we individually share the longing for love, compassion and peace, we diverge on the ways to find it. I think it is beyond the scope of human nature to come together in peace. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Angelo.


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

Dearest Suzette, I don't believe the world has ever been without unfairness, inequality or war...and I don't believe human beings are capable of achieving peace. We say we want love and peace, but we pull each other apart in our own methods to get there. From the caveman to today's society, the survival instinct has made human beings their own worst enemy. Each generation struggles with the same issues; different time, different place, but we have yet to make the world more hospitable. Across the world, humanity continues to struggle with abject poverty, hunger, mental illness, debilitating physical illnesses in 3rd world countries that are easily curable, inequality and war. My poem is about the collection of cries that space holds since the beginning of time. It must be a deafening roar, certainly beyond the decibel level that God can ignore.

Thank you, my friend, for seeing and 'hearing' my piece. I am so happy to see you again, Suzette, as I have missed you. Your voice elevates the hub to the heavens.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Amen, Amy, amen. I couldn't agree with you more. The more things change, the more they stay the same. You say it so eloquently in your poetry. You articulate your messages so well! You truly are gifted, Amy!


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

I really appreciate your generous encouragement, Suzette. Yesterday I got an email notification rejecting two of my poems for a literary magazine called Neon. I'm not so vain that I am surprised, but your comments make me feel less foolish. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all. I love writing, so I nothing will deter me! Thank you, my friend.


Ausseye 3 years ago

Hi AmyB:

Your words hold life under a microscope, can we cope?? To recover I will need to spend some time in depression and then hope you image of a new borns' future hold some path to greater love, empathy and a fitter, kinder humanity. You are moving the world with you powerful verse. Love your work. We are all Amying for a better world.


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

I love your awesome, thoughtful comment, Ausseye, especially your clever, "Amying for a better world." You made my day and I appreciate your time, encouragement and thought provoking words. Bless you, Ausseye.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Missed this one, but came looking and found a gem! This is wonderful and eloquent poetry Amy! So many great lines, love "the sun heats a jungle beat on the street..."


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

I missed you here, xstatic, but now, you've placed the cherry on the top of the cupcake, so to speak. I thought maybe you read this one and didn't care for it. Now that you've left me your wonderful words, I'll be warm until spring finally gets here! Thank you, my friend.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

"Linguistic lines linger in limbo where liars lanquish 'let it be'"....I love extravagant alliteration! You are quite a writer! The rest of this was amazing too but I had to comment on that line... :-)


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

You have made my day, MrsBrownsParlour!!! It's encouraging words like yours that keep me 'in love' with poetry and the art of creative writing. Thank you so much.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

I was in a mood to read this one again --it is so very moving---beautiful writing--and so eloquent!


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

Audrey, I can't think of anything more gratifying than hearing you say you came back for seconds! I will be forever grateful that you've given me this wonderful gift, my lovely friend.


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Dancing Water 3 years ago

Amy, just popping in to suggest a literary magazine known as The Sun. I think your heart wrenching, consciousness raising, exquisite poetry may find a home there.

Sending love and hugs, sweet spirit,

Reba


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

Dearest Reba, I LOVE "The Sun". If you think my poetry would be a fit, I'm going for it! Love you to pieces, my sweet, thoughtful friend.


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Dancing Water 3 years ago

Love you to pieces, too, precious friend! I'm so glad you appreciate "The Sun." I love it, too. Can hardly wait to hear the good news when you get published! Truly, it is only a matter of time.


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

I'm so excited, Reba! I've already printed out the poetry selections I'm going to send. I have to snail mail them, but that's o.k. They accept previously published work, but 1/2 the pay, which is fine. It's the honor that would be the thrill for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Reba, for being my friend, encouraging me and giving me this great, exciting idea. I'm mailing my submissions tomorrow! Love and hugs to you, my friend.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hi Amy, dear friend, I haven't seem you for a while, but my thoughts are with you. I shall be rooting for your forthcoming publication! Sounds exciting. It is going to be a clear night tonight, and I will have you in my thoughts as I watch the moon over the lake. Very good thoughts your way.


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

Thank you so much, dear Vicki. I appreciate your 'good thoughts' more than I can say. I was snowed in yesterday and today with 13" of snow coming down like a torrent all of Sunday with some remaining, light snow showers today. Of course, the news gave me a 'heads up', so I made sure to take my mom to the grocery store and ran my errands in preparation. I enjoyed a sabbatical today courtesy of a dose of "mother nature." It's funny that though I adore "The Sun", I never considered my work as viable material for their publication. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have friends here who have my back. Thank you, Vicki, for your care and friendship.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Amy, I truly believe deep down in my heart you are THE next great poet of our time. Seriously, this poem captivated me in its sheer genius! My grandchildren and great grandchildren should be reading your great works in their Literature class. You are brilliant. Yes indeed, "the pathos of our human debris."

Vote up ++++ and sharing Perfect music and video choice too!

God bless, Faith Reaper


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

Dearest Faith, You are an angel and I think God sent you here, right now, to wake me out of my stress induced Rip Van Winkle state and put my angst to a dance with creativity. Thank you, Faith, for your exciting words that reinvigorate my desire to write. Bless you for being my friend. You've put me over the moon.


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Micky Dee 3 years ago

Very beautiful. You are so thoughtful. God bless.


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

Thank you kindly, my friend, Micky Dee. God bless you, too.

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