Turned Me Around

A thief of a storm surged and me it found

Stealth in its footfalls with the nose of a hound

Crash crossed my path at the speed of sound

Cast away the shadows and turned me around

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Steady the course mapped lines on the ground

Lost the directions where love might resound

Took a left turn mistook convoluted for profound

Cast away the shadows and turned me around

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Ignored the whisper's finagling to bring me round

No burning bush to warn of the coming inbound

The skies opened up with a deluge of downed

Cast away the shadows and turned me around

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Wallowed in the waters as the known unwound

Gathered the bearings to stand sturdy aground

Cursed the insistent current demanding rebound

Cast away the shadows and turned me around

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Destiny dashed the clouds with arms that surround

A newborn baby cries in the wonders that abound

Clean from the rain reborn with hands unbound

Cast away the shadows and turned me around

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Beautiful descriptions of the storm of life as we go about making plans.


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

Thank you, Mark, we all get our turn in the sun and the rain.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I wonder if songs inspired you, they use to me. I kept thinking of the song "Give Me One Reason" by Tracy Chapman, so when I saw "Turn, Turn, Turn" it gave the poem new meaning. Strange how that can be.

Up and over.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a trip life is, huh? Certainly never boring! Just when you think you have a foothold, it turns out it was an illusion. You have captured it all beautifully my dear friend. I find life fascinating...the good and the bad....and that is a choice for me. I have wallowed with the best wallowers in the world, but I found them, in the end, to be one-dimensional. Life is color....life is multi-dimensional...life is spectacular bursts of energy and .....and.....

love always,

bill


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

Jackie, you have posed a thinker's question and if could rate it I'd say "awesome". Music and art of all genres are up for interpretation. I like the idea of no rules with art...if you see something in it, it's all good. I never base anything I write on a piece of music I've heard. In fact, I struggle more trying to think of a song that sums up what I'm trying to say longer than writing the poetry. Sometimes, I think it would be better if I didn't limit anyones imagination by putting music with it. BTW, thank you for reminding me of Tracy Chapman. She was one of my fav's and I forgot about her over the years. Thank you for making me think, Jackie.


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

I debated on using "wallow", but in fact, I did roll around in the muck for awhile. I think it's not all negative, as long as you climb out. It's part of the process for me. I think about it, take it in, turn it over, allow myself to feel anger, sadness, eventually either changing me or accepting what I can't change. I think wallow usually connotates a self-indulgent pity party, but I think of it like grieving. You have to process it to fully move on. Life is definitely an exciting trip! Thank you, Bill!


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

Hi dear Amy. these words are, maybe, the most profound I've read....there is so much truth in your words.

Wallowed in the waters as the known unwound

Gathered the bearings to stand sturdy aground

Cursed the insistent current demanding rebound

Yes! almost debilitated by "the known," but, knowing full well that, we must rebound, even though at times, it is the hardest thing to do. I liken this to survival; in order to carry on, we must stand on sturdy ground. Holding our own is like holding on for life...dear life.

Steady the course mapped lines on the ground

Lost the directions where love might resound

Took a left turn mistook convoluted for profound

"mistook convoluted for profound!!! This sentence, Amy, IS profound. It holds volumns of truth in four compact and concise words.

A thief of a storm surged and me it found

Stealth in its footfalls with the nose of a hound

Crash crossed my path at the speed of sound

How many times have we not recognized the proverbial "wolf" in sheeps' clothing? On any level (not only the obvious one)..how often has this occured?

Amy, I could go through this entire incredible noteworthy, legitimate, PROFOUND work of art and insight...it is THAT amazingly great. Truly...Amy...a collection must be in the works; you MUST compile these unique creations...that's an order!!!!!

Up Awesome Beautiful Useful Interesting and Astonishing!!!


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

Dear Kathy, You brought tears to my eyes...and I'm not exaggerating. I just got a email at the same time as yours that told me I was in the final running for a column in a local, yokel newspaper, but they chose another. So, you have rode in on a beautiful white horse at the 11th hour and kept me on the path. I'm dramatizing, Kathy, because I am not devastated in the least by not getting the first writing gig I've applied for. After all, I was in the running! But, I am amazed that one less than stellar message came just as your magnificent words arrived, which is probably why I'm not more disappointed. Your message to me is so enriching to my self-confidence and motivation. If I ever feel that I can't continue writing or I feel beat down by life in general, I will come back to your words, my dear friend. I am so excited that you took the time to honor my work by letting me know your thoughts, which match my intent to the letter. I am positively elated that you see and understand my meaning in the nuances, as you always do, Kathy. You have put me on Cloud nine. And, yes, I am choosing the pieces I want to publish as a small collection of poetry. I love you, Lucky Cats!


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Another winner, Amy. We are crashed around by the storm and can't find our directions. But I love the ending -A newborn baby cries with hands unbound. It is so hopeful. The video is beautiful. The sun so warm after the storm. Beautiful!


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

My heart skips a beat when I get a message from my favorite English professor. A teacher like you would have made me so excited about school, I couldn't have left. I so appreciate your support and encouragement, Suzette. You make me want to create a masterpiece!


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epigramman 4 years ago

...arriving here dear Amy at your sacred stomping grounds is like attending a master class in writing. Epi as you know is always on the lookout for new and exciting talent and those who dare to be different and speak their own language - well you do all of that Miss B and what is most important - you reinvent yourself everytime you write. You never repeat yourself and in your restless writer's quest you make each and everyone of us who are lucky enough to arrive at your hub scene a far better reader by making us think and feel on such an enlightened and rewarding level . lake erie time 8:14pm


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

Coming from hubpages own "second-year in a row" Poet Laureate, I am honored by your visit, Mister C, at my sacred stomping grounds (one magnificent poetic phrase, if I ever heard one). Of course, being a prolific, award-winning poet, you recognize that restless writer's quest...yes, yes, yes....I do have that. It's a great fire, isn't it Epi? It's been my saving grace. It's what I get excited about everyday. Across the miles, over hill and dale, skimming Lake Erie, I send you hugs for your understanding and support and care.


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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

This is great work, Amy. You are truly gifted. Voted up.


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

Thank you for uplifting, very kind words, Diana. That keeps me writing.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Another great one Amy! You are prolific and talented!


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

I am so glad you like my work, xstatic. That makes me ecstatic!!!


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A very evocative poem and how you managed to use the same end rhyme is amazing!


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

Awwww, Blossom, I am so glad you like this. Your words inspire and encourage me. Thank you so much.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I don't think i have the accolades to rightfully express how much i love this. Everyday I look forward to reading another piece that's totally different and profoundly beautiful. Thank you Amy...


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

I literally said "Ohhhhhh" when I read your beautiful, beautiful comment, dear Ruby. You don't know how much your words mean to me. I am so glad you let me know that my poetry is not becoming tiresome or the same. I sincerely worry about that. Thank you so much for calming my fear. Love you, my friend.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Let's cast away the shadows of yesterdays and face a shining, brave tomorrow. Loved your poem. Every new poem of yours brings a new delight, a new thought and a new emotion. Passing this on.


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

What a fantastic comment, Gypsy. Thank you so much.

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