The Rain Washes Clean

Through perfumed lush of deep, dark green

Where light dares to enter only in between

Crawls a secret microcosm existing unseen

Life lays low until the rain washes it clean

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Idle chatter, gossips patter, lies scream obscene

Cloak and dagger in the closet mimes a routine

The coward in the schoolyard pretense wolverine

And hope lays low until the rain washes it clean

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Toss the dice, have another, lucks a fickle queen

She strips you down and ties you up fast and mean

Sweet, seductive, sexy bitch really loves you lean

And truth lays low until the rain washes it clean

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Walk the talk, swaggered words, vanity you preen

One man's vision fits the look in GQ magazine

A wolf in fine wool cloth designation to demean

And love lays low until the rain washes it clean

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Through busy streets life moves, caution in citrine

Where the light dares to enter only in-between

Stands truth, hope and love waiting to be seen

And peace lays low until the rain washes it clean

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Amy,

That's quite a city you live in...of course, it could be Olympia any night after dark....or it could be the heart of a child molester....or the inside of my brain during my drinking days.....so many choices.

I'll be sharing this on Facebook. Your powerful words require me to read several times so I catch a glimpse of each nuance.

I don't think you realize just how good you are, Amy! Kickin' ass and takin' names, you continue to capture that part of the human spirit many would like to turn away from....but your words won't allow it.

always,

bill


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Wow--interesting and intense--it grabs and holds you!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Amy so beautiful.. I LOVE it.. the love song for a Vampire.. and the poem just awesome..I am sharing on Facebook... billy is right You are excellent at your poetry..

debbie


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

"Kickin' ass and takin' names" epitomizes what I love about you, Bill. You are a noble man yet unafraid to tell it like it is. I got such a "kick" out of your comment. You made me smile from ear to ear. Thank you for bringing a smile and laughter to my face today. Hugs to you


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

Audrey, Thank you for reading my piece and leaving such a great comment. I love "intense".


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

Debbie, That song...her voice...I can't look away. Thank you for boosting my morale and courage in my writing endeavors. It means a lot to me.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Wow Amy! I don't know for sure...but this may be my new favorite of yours. This is thought provoking and powerful...and I am still going to be thinking about it as I cook my dinner tonight.

This is exceptional - superb! And the song too in the end is like a double whammy!


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Matthew Weese 4 years ago from Auburn

Good write.


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

Oh, thank you so much, RealHousewife!!! Isn't Annie Lennox mesmerizing in that video? Her voice, the song and the video made me cry. It is so powerful, ironic (the idea of love and vampires) and somehow felt relatable to my piece (the parasites and vampires that descend and prey on the weak).

I am so glad you like this one. I think the STL heat is getting to me. Night before last, at 10 p.m., the central a/c in my apartment quit. I had to take my mom to her doctor's appt the following morning without a wink of sleep. I texted the landlord early in the a.m. and he hadn't responded an hour later. I said something to a man that lives upstairs and he said he had the landlords email and would tell him to call me. Not 2 minutes later, he called. I can't stand knowing he takes a man more seriously than a woman! Anyway, they had to get the a/c man out who had to work on the main system on the roof!!! It got up to 110 degrees that day. Happily, when I got home around 2:30, the unit had just clicked back on and in a couple hours it was cool. The night before, it was 90 degrees in my apt.

Stay cool and thank you for the fantastic comment, Real. Hugs to you, my friend.


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

Thank you, Michael. I appreciate your time and attention.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Wow Amy, powerful words. Words that steep in the eternal darkness....waiting


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

This is terrific. It gets your attention and hold to right to the end. Love the video.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wow.That is strong, beautiful, descriptive, powerful poetry. Love the repeated line! Love the poem. Voted up and others!


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

Curiad, I love your commentary, as I can sense that you are in the spirit of the mood of this piece. Very awesome! Thank you


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

Dear Gypsy, Thank you for letting me know something so positive that you felt about this poem. You truly are a kind friend.


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

Victoria, Wow, what an awesome comment. You've given me the words that every writer wants to see. Thank you!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

This is yet another segment of Amy Magic. Powerful, passionate and no-nonsense stripped free of adornments and beautiful in its stark reality. I am loving your prolific phase and inspirational poetry. You really need to get published and the whole world can adore the power of Amy! Hub hugs.


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

Like every writer, I am driven to say my piece in my own way. Like most writers, I have my doubts. I thrive on the beauty of affirmation from appreciation like yours. Occasionally, I ponder changing it up. I read poets here that touch me from a place of ethereal power. Comparatively speaking, they paint with a brush while I hit with a hammer. But, there's a place for all of us. I'd stop writing before I'd tamper with being true to myself.

Thank you, Docmo, for another dose of courage.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You are a protean poet, Amy, m'dear. This is poetic, and phenomenonally profound. One of your very best! Brava!

Happy to hear the AC is functioning again. The termperatures have been brutal.


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

Well, what can I say, dear drbj, I wait for your words. My a/c is on, but even if it wasn't, I'd be happy now. You are helping me choose the material for my little book of poetry. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, my mentor.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well you are on a proverbial roll here Amy as of late, you too have been 'touched' by the magic dust that 'all writers' seek and yearn for .

What caught my eye in this particular piece other than the biblical reference in the title (whether you intended it or not and knowing you well, I would say this was not your creative intent) was how you so cleverly changed the key word on the last line of every stanza ...

for example: life

- hope - truth, - love - peace .......

....if this is not your masterpiece Amy then the next one will be .....and the one after that, and then the one after that ....... lake erie time 1:00pm

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

I do believe in God, but I have developed an abhorrence for organized religion. I try to state my "peace" yet I harbor no aspirations as a preacher. I try to respect all ideologies, as I personally find our diversities the most interesting part of life. And, yes, Colin, I purposely chose each particular virtue to give relevance to the stanza. I appreciate your attention to the details that, hopefully, bring meaning to the poem. Thank you for showering me with courage and inspiration, Mister, C. It spurns me on.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I have to agree with Doc who said it best: “This is Amy magic.” Stark, honest and real, without pretense that mesmerizes from the very first line. Excellent, Amy! :-)


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

Thank you, dear Genna, and I love that "Amy magic" phrase! I'm trying to find the best place to self-publish a book of poetry. Like so many things, the first step is the most challenging. I've got the poetry written, but trying to ascertain the smartest move in selecting the best self-publishing site is a bit daunting. Any ideas on a good website for a novice, my friend?


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

So beautiful Amy , You write great poetry..The rain washes clean, so true...


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

Thank you, Ruby. Too bad St. Louis and the whole midwest is in the midst of the worst drought ever!


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myownlife 4 years ago from london

Fantastic writing based on true images.

Great job


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

Thank you so much, myownlife. I imagine London is buzzing with activity today. It's a vicarious thrill to receive your message from London on the first day of the summer Olympics!


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

Third stanza.... truly awesome!! Very different words used in this one than I'm used seeing...


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

That stanza came so easily, Aubrey, I kept combing over it thinking it was TOO easy. But, I left it alone as it starkly stated exactly what I wanted to convey regarding addictions. I appreciate your openness in telling me what you find interesting, because I learn so much from that, my friend. You give me a tremendous amount of motivation to learn to fly! Thank you so much, Aubrey.

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