This Battle

The hemisphere's fault line lies to the left and the right

One side states its case day while the other rests night

War between slugs it out as politically correct sits tight

This battle inside me knows there's no truce in sight

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Connected by a fragile cord severed by coagulated spite

Animosity grows a tumor fills space that blocks the light

Bumble bees blitzkrieg deafens with its angry sound bite

This battle inside me knows there's no truce in sight

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A pawn stands firm grasping the gold manning his fight

Locked in for the kill in a delusional scene spies a knight

Knowing the enemy, I hold my guard strong in its might

This battle inside me knows there's no truce in sight

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The cost weighs his pockets low too heavy for flight

Cold with his cash he buys emptiness slated tonight

Unencumbered I draw strength for a life to rewrite

This battle inside me knew there was no truce in sight

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The hemisphere's fault line lies to the left and the right

In the blink of minds-eye, opposing colors wash white

I cut the toxic tentacle to cure the strangulating blight

This battle inside me knew there was no truce in sight

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

No, "no truce in sight." Great, oblique poetry here.


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

Oh, xstatic, I have an idea about the definition of 'oblique', but I'm going to look it up to understand how it relates to poetry. Leave it to 'the thinker' to make me think. Thank you for a great comment that exercises my hemispheres!


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Standing between the lines, looking from an angle neither left or right.

Wonderful Amy.


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

I see the artist in you "standing between the lines, looking from an angle neither left or right. Gorgeous imagery, Mark. Thank you for your "wow" words.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Great poetry and a wonderful use of imagery...the blurring of the line and the battle within oneself is so hard to fight. Great work!


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

Dear midget, thank you so much for your fantastic comment. You've made my day!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

The second stanza has to be one of my favorites from you, Amy, so far -

'Connected by a fragile cord severed by coagulated spite

Animosity grows a tumor fills space that blocks the light

Bumble bees blitzkrieg deafens with its angry sound bite

This battle inside me knows there's no truce in sight.'

And 'bumble bees blitzkrieg' may be my favorite of all-time, amazing, awesome, alliteration. Promise.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

3 Stars and a lot of thought...

The Frog


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

I will bet the majority of this one was written at night. Do I win?


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

The battle within....how long have I fought that battle? Even though life is so much simpler for me now, I still do battle each and every day. The demons want to rise and I keep slapping them back down. I want to write comedy but I can't turn my head from the tragedies in this life. I want to be alone but want love too badly. I want to strangle half the population but know that kindness counts more. Whew! I'm just warming up!

Beautiful words, beautiful poet, beautiful human being....that's you my friend.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow Amy, I could envision the invasion of the Bumble Bees during a war. I really don't know why that became so vivid while reading this magnificent battle scene between the have and the have-nots. I guess it's because i am aware of so many hurting all over the world. I'm told that it has always been this way and will probably always be. It is so unfair and i will never understand why it is allowed. The poor displaced people living in tents, then the water came in, i heard myself say, " Why God " Then i felt fear from questioning God. ( The fear comes from my Grandmother who taught fire and brimstone religion. ) I have had a lot of unlearning to do. Anyway, i did not intend to write a sonnet..HaHa..Loved your piece..Hugs*****


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

You have captured the reality of the current situation in the world or the current situation of many relationships. Up and awesome.


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

Dear drbj, Your words are like a symphony to my whole being...and not of the bumble bees! Thank you so much for letting me know what struck you the strongest. Love you to pieces, my friend. Promise.


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

Thank you, Mr. Frog Prince. Love your review!


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

You are perceptive, Perspycacious, and 100% correct. I have washed my hands now of an ex. The battle is done. No more and goodbye to bad rubbish. Not too poetic, but I'm sayin' it like it is. Thank you so much for your intuitive insight and giving my angry piece such a kind comment.


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

I couldn't have described the way I feel any better than your poetic words, Bill. Although, I write my poetry to have more than one application, an ongoing battle with an ex left me spitting mad. I don't need a gun. I use my words. Although this is beyond his ability to understand, I know and that's enough. Without knowing the details, you have captured the mood of this piece. Your words hit the nail on the head in the way I felt when I was inspired to let loose. Thank you, my friend, for giving me your valuable time and thoughts. Love from St. Louie


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

Dear sweet Ruby, You needn't fear God. He loves you and knows that the sweetest human beings have the most difficulty accepting the suffering of others. He loves you for that.

As you know, I intentionally try to write each piece with more than one meaning. The overall meaning in this one is the unfairness of life. My immediate inspiration was my outright rage over the last battle I will ever engage with an ex. I am done. The only reason I have dealt with him at all is the fact that he is my daughter's father. I have cajoled, made nice and been helpful to him. Without going into more details, I wash my hands of him now. Life is too short to continue to give it away to those who only care about what's in it for them. As you can tell from "bumble bee blitzkrieg, I was mad as a hornet. Writing this and then reading it, is satisfying and won't put me in jail! LOL Your grandmother sure wouldn't like me if she could have read my mind when I wrote this, my friend.

Love you, Ruby Tuesday, and all the sweet, kind words you leave even a bumble bee like me!


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

Dear Pop, Yes, you got it 100% right. The poverty many are left in today, including me, has happened, not because so many are lazy, but due to circumstances created by others. It is enraging. I wrote this in a fit of outrage over an ex and his mercenary ways. Writing this allowed me to legally excise my rage without going to jail! Now, following through, never forgetting what I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, will allow me to have a life of my own, no longer acquiesing to someone who will never get it. Free, Free, Free at last.

Thank you for reading my diatribe and letting me vent, my dear Pop.


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

Hey, gal! You are drawing a bigger crowd. $50 coming your way soon I bet. Not "mad money" of course, but it will be welcome nonetheless. Keep chugging along. You're doing great.


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

Wow, Perspycacious. I don't keep track of the numbers, which is one of my failings. Thank you for your encouragement, my friend. I appreciate it.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well you are the consumate wordsmith Amy Dylan.

(nice ring to it -lol) And why I say Amy Dylan - I am listening to a Bob Dylan tribute album this evening and his probing words always tantalize/spark/ignite my own imagination and intellect and passion and emotions as a writer/poet - and that is exactly what you do for me Amy - you constantly surprise and inspire me to thinking about new directions and possibilities. Maybe I should call you Amy Vanguard - because a vanguard is all about taking an idea or a concept to new exciting horizons or frontiers - and your words are definitely sitting on the cusp of a brand new language in every piece you write - and that is an amazing journey for someone like me (and your other followers/fans) to take with you - lake erie time 9:22pm


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

Well, Colin, now you have me heading for the dictionary. I'd never heard of vanguard, but now I have a jazzy new word for my poetry, thanks to you! And a great word it is. Amy Dylan has a nice ring to it, don't ya think? LOL I'd collaborate with him on any level. You crazy diamond, you always give me food for thought!

Thank you, Mister C, for always keeping my spirit up, along with my inspiration for new and better. You make me feel like nothing is impossible.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. This is terrific Amy and the video fantastic. Passing this on.


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

Thank you, Gypsy girl. I'm so glad you like this piece. Writing is the best therapy I know.


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HaleyMCruz 4 years ago from California

Your poems are always so emotional, Amy! So deep, too, and I can tell you really took your time to get every single feeling you had to have a word to match. You still got it, girl, and I'm still glad to be a fan :)


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

Awww, thank you Haley. Sometimes, I think I'm just crazy. Well, I'll put it this way...if I couldn't diffuse my emotions by channeling them through writing, I would be crazy! I'm so glad you are a fan, my friend.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

Really awesome Amy! I like this one very much. The depth of the meaning of the words as the tone is perfected! job well done. :)

shared, passed along and voted up! :)


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

Oh, Jo, thank you so much. I am really glad that you like this piece.


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

Amy, absolutely fantastic! So much have you said..the interior battles; the exterior obstacles....'on the one hand; on the other...' This internal conversation which is ever ongoing...confusing, misguiding and; often...perfectly intuitive...all the opposites colliding like a super nova....within our minds...and we recount, remember...go over...try to understand; get it...and carry on. Anger! Angst! Those emotions which, thankfully...give us the "fight' instead of the flight response.

And we arrive here:

"

The hemisphere's fault line lies to the left and the right

In the blink of minds-eye, opposing colors wash white

I cut the toxic tentacle to cure the strangulating blight"

amazingly true.

I've been in the middle of a whirlwind..I should be in Kansas but circumstances, for the second time, caused me to cancel the trip...but my computer "died" and I thought, "perhaps, this is a good time to take a break." (Also, having to take care of a very near and dear friend..another story)...so, back now.... and I shall catch up w/your beautifully true, amazing, unique and so relatable words. All enthusiastic UPS Amy...your poetry / collection of insights must be nearing completion? Insights..you might consider using this term in the title or subtitle because this is what you are doing for your readers.


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

In your wisdom and born of experience, I am happy to see the certainty with which you understand this piece, Kathy. Yes, in some way or another, we have all been there. Insight, indeed, is the premise of this piece. If we pay attention, finally, we see the truth that was staring us in the face for so long. This has been my experience. Never wanting to jump to conclusions, loathe to assume, I give the benefit of a doubt. I am always glad that I do, until I am sure. However, so often I see what I thought in the first place, an inkling, is the truth.

Thank you, my friend Kathy, for reading this piece, and giving my words your careful, thoughtful consideration. You bring them to life with your insight. Hugs to you from St. Louie


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Sometimes our worst battles are the ones we have with ourselves - the battle within. Well said and well written, Amy.


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

I am glad I am able to exorcise my demons through writing. The world is a safer place. LOL

Thank you, Suzette, for your visit and comment that helps me feel a little less crazy!!!

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