Unravel into Fray

Born with a purpose bound in subtle shades of gray

Genetic gyrations dance to destiny be that what may

Distant clan of a caveman beats the drum now still in play

And we watch while the threads of our dreams unravel into fray

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Purest poetic perfection paints parenthoods proud portray

But the edges sharpen their shards as the child slips away

Disjointed angles bend the patterns into an unfamiliar array

And we watch while the threads of our dreams unravel into fray

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Schooled with a conscience in mind the faithful kneel to pray

History repeats the same sins while our future's taught obey

Eyes on the prey see survival fittest in the stealthiest to betray

And we watch while the threads of our dreams unravel into fray

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Tight twist-tied tyranny trips the balance of a beatific ballet

The hymn sings off key as the holy choir wandered astray

A bloom relinquishes to the collapse of the bouquets display

And we watch while the threads of our dreams unravel into fray

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Born with a purpose imprinted in subtle shades of gray

Colors huddle as overcast light swings in the winds sway

Somber shadows shift squiring saints softly skyward today

And we watch while the threads of our dreams unravel into fray

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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is hardhitting and not optimistic Amy, and I understand the mood in which it was written. Your repitition of that final line is emphatic and brings the point home each time.


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

I tried, xstatic, I really did try to think of someway to make the events in the school in CT end on hope, but right now, its not the way I can truthfully express my feelings. I do believe in God and a hereafter, but in the here and now, all I feel is sadness at the finality of something really terrible. It happened and there is no going back. The enormity of the loss is excruciating. Now, the news is full of all the talking heads debating why this happened and how to prevent it from happening again. And the more they talk, I see the more they don't know, how vast the issues are, and the nearly impossible task of preventing another tragedy of these proportions.

We will move on, as we must. Right now, it still hurts in a raw way. It is an event that no one will forget.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Agreed Amy. I know that HP is filled with debates over this awful event as well. I try to avoid the conflict, but find myself unable to avoid commenting on the remarks defending the number and types of guns available in this country of ours.


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

Thank you, my friend. I feel dismayed that one of the options is to turn our schools into armed camps. Yesterday I saw a man who just returned from a tour in the middle east. He was volunteering his services to protect the St. Louis school his niece attends...in full camo uniform and arms. He meant well, but the truth is many of our service men and women are suffering from the horrors of war with PTSD. I feel this has become a political free for all, with everyone weighing in on an issue that can't be easily analyzed or fully prevented, no matter what is done. That is why my piece sounds hopeless, because it feels that way. The news on right now began with an expert stating "Right now, someone in this country is plannng something bigger" as he promotes more guns in the schools. I know we can't run, I know we can't hide, but right now everything feels overwhelmingly tense, angry and hostile. With something this devastating, this important, it doesn't seem like a healthy way to approach solutions. But, then, there is little choice. Something has to change.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Yes Amy - Sir Jim aka XSTATIC is like the Epi-man - he is a lover not a fight although I would fight for the woman I love as long as Amy was the ring card girl. I also prefer to avoid confrontation or heated debate perhaps because I am an apathetic somewhat cynical lazy bastard - lol - I am here just to write creatively not to S.A.V.E. lives

That said, Amy it is your undying gift of love to teach and heal us all with your words of poetic artistry and infinite philosophical/psychological wisdom.

Again as in every piece of yours I see/read the 'painter's connection'.

You are not unlike one of the French impressionists in the way you perceive the world around in a different light and yet it all makes perfect sense. That is because as a writer/poet you are a true artist.

You also wear another 'hub hat' - that of a teacher - you would have been an excellent teacher in your day Amy - well in fact - teachers are ageless wonders so you are an excellent teacher now - and you always teach us something to ponder - something to question - and as life is a mystery in itself there are often more questions than answers but Amy you always get your readers thinking and debating the very issues of which you write. That to me is the mark of an esteemed and respected writer.

Naturally being a bit of a wordsmith myself I really do look up to you in awe and admiration - I've never read anyone who could play with adjectives the way you do. I've often said that a noun's best friend is the adjective - well I think the noun has a new best friend - you!

And in closing every writer/poet here has a trademark (except me - lol - because I defy all categories - lol) ....... your trademarks, dear Amy, is your acute sensitivity and your keen intellect, which if you think about it is the best of both worlds for any writer to have and many writers either lean one way or the other - but Amy, you walk that fine line everytime you write and to me that puts you into the upper echelon of the best writers I've ever had the privilege of reading here at the Hub during my stay.

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

Colin, you have just given me an epic Christmas gift in your thoughts and magnificent words. Thank you for that, my dear, dear friend.

You are very perceptive, Mister C, as everytime I write a piece, I try to remain open minded, pragmatic even, balancing reality and the emotional aspect of any issue. I admire and understand the character that stars in "Bones", if that tells you something. LOL But, one would have to be comatose to not feel devastated at the events that went down in that sad school in CT. Though change must happen, the endless circle of debates leaves me as overwhelmed as the problem that needs to end. The complexity of societal problems, with as many ideas as individuals, seem to create more issues than are solved. The emotional component of this tragedy leaves little patience or tolerance for listening. Each special interest group has their own adamant affront to the problem, with neither willing to compromise, which sounds like D.C. these days. None of these issues are new, but this tragedy is esp horrific because it struck down our most vulnerable, precious, innocent, hopeful children, our future. The stakes are too high to put off, ignore, play at, practice until we get it right or buy our way out of. I'm worried that the high degree of cynicism, intolerance for different ideas, disrespect and hatred prevalent in our society will make it impossible to agree on any aspect of making our country safer for its citizens. Hope, at least for me, is in short supply based on what I see. As far as answers, no one has one, because the problem is too vast for one simple solution. But, coming together civilly is a tall order for American society, as seen even among our leaders, today.

Thank you, Colin, for your comments, which always raise my spirits high. We need more "lovers, not fighters", like you. Shine on, you crazy diamond.


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Curiad 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Amy, the feeling of helplessness, the care to change humanity, the desire to shout out the simple truth and all going seemingly unheard.

But I have lately come to the conclusion that this is all inevitable in the human existence. That all you and I do, that all you and I say, may fulfill the teachings of our creator, but in no way will change what will be.

Hopeless, no, but the time for all things to heal is not in our control. All we can do, must do is believe, and do our best to share the truth, and that my dear friend is what you do so well.

Mark


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

Oh, thank you so much, Mark. I have goosebumps, along with tears in my eyes reading your words. Your words are so comforting to me right now. I am able to inhale and exhale fully for the first time since the school shootings.

I think the tension is palpable around the nation now. Here in St. Louis the news stopped reporting all the suspicious, suicidal individuals standing behind schools with a gun, as nearly every district had school lockdowns due to perceived threats the past 2 weeks. Parents were rushing to their children's schools everyday in St. Louis. Finally, newscasters decided to only report if suspicious activity resulted in an arrest. It literally feels like tensions are sitting on a hair trigger.

Despite the myriad of opinions and debates, I believe, ultimately, you are correct, Mark. I feel the best we can do as human beings is to error on the side of caution. The rest is in God's hands. Thank you for leaving me your beautifully honest and perceptive, comforting thoughts. I am blessed to call you friend.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Bravo! you know I like this. I think, you have touched on something many don't see. Thank you and congratulations.


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

Thank you, Mhatter. It seems like the country has become so politically polarized, each person hanging on to ideas that just don't work anymore, refusing to give an inch, no matter the cost, that we have become a nation blinded by our own addictions. We have become our own worst enemy. Thank you for visiting and leaving your awesome comment, my friend.


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

The same bunch of us are keeping each other going. Time for some fresh blood in the conversations. Come on Hubbers, get with it.


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

Even I'm getting tired of hearing myself, Perspycacious. At some point, no matter how we twist the words, I understand that folks get burned out. Everyone gets tired of the same old same old when those issues that need to change move too slowly, too little or not at all. With the impact of this devastating loss, silence seems appropriate. Out of respect, I will follow suit and leave the victims to rest in peace. Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Your words express my despair. I can't believe that we are so bad at solving problems.


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

It's true, Pop. It is so shameful that our population has become so polarized that everything is all or nothing. Compromise is a foreign word in America today. Even when the stakes are human lives.... You chose the right word, Pop, "despair" sums it up. I feel that there is nothing left to say. Thank you, my friend.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

You are welcome Amy. Let's keep a flicker of hope alive that somehow we will return to normalcy in the new year.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Interestingly, Amy, I do not feel helpless. The day I feel helpless is the day I need to be locked up or buried. I am more determined than ever to make my mark on this world, a mark of love and compassion.

Empathy such as yours....and mine...carries a heavy price tag, and we are paying in full right now. However, I refuse to give up, and I am not helpless.

I love who you are my dear. Put on your work boots. we have work to do, you and I.

love to you and peace on earth to all.

bill


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

Like Pop says, yes, a flicker of hope is what all life clings to. But, in the aftermath of the unprecedented loss of innocents, not usually seen outside of war, instead of acting, this country is bickering, in endless cycles of I'm right and you're wrong. This piece is about the despair in the loss, and its finality. No matter what is done or not done now, those little ones and their school guardians are gone, along with the innocence and trust of their classmates. The surviving children and their parents have experienced a nightmare firsthand. None of us are free in the way that this country desires and has fought to preserve. Watching our gov't in action today tells me why and realistically, gives me little hope for real change. I believe in miracles, though, as a hopeful living human being, and that's what I'm hoping for this Christmas.

Thank you for visiting and leaving your message for hope in peace. Have a safe, healthy Christmas, Bill.


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sligobay 3 years ago from east of the equator

I bow to Lady Lancelot and her sword-like pen, ever so mighty.

"And we watch while the threads of our dreams unravel into fray" is a mighty chorus of twenty syllables. Few poets would dare the distance. You are fearless with the structure of your work. Your message is dynamic and yet sullen and somber. You will prevail over transient obstacles over time. Your courage will see you through, my Braveheart.


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

Survival is a strong force, as it must be, sligobay. We do prevail, despite being knocked to our knees.

I am so happy to see you, Gerry. Though you say my pen is mighty, it was you who was fearlessly kind when you saw me struggling with poetry in the beginning, and I will never forget how you helped me. I adore the nickname you bestowed upon me and actually see myself differently as a result. At Christmas, when we especially value important people in our lives, I am grateful to have crossed paths with you, Gerry. Thank you for all you have done for me. Merry Christmas, my eloquent friend.


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sligobay 3 years ago from east of the equator

I am humbled by your kind words, Amy. I have just baked four Irish Soda breads this afternoon and the aroma lingers to seduce the nostrils of my neighbors. My recipe is online as a Hub. The paradox of plenty versus paucity was well- fashioned. Merry Christmas to you and your fortunate followers. Make it a better day for the less fortunate.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Amy, I have spent the day defending my hub concerning gun control, one i had to delete, she came back the second time and there was no reasoning with her. Your poetry is poignant and protrays the horror the parents must be feeling as their world becomes unraveled into the fray. Beautiful..Hugs..


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

sligobay, Can it really be? A brilliant mind, a beautiful face and a baker, too? Hubba, hubba...Lady Lancelot recognizes a knight in shining armor...Merry Christmas to you and yours, Gerry.


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

Dearest friend of mine, Ruby, I am dismayed that though 20 children and 6 teachers died, it is not enough for the power addicts to lay down their assault weapons. And, God forbid, if another 20 died next week, those that put their faith in weapons would still scream for more guns. If this monumental killing spree of 6 year olds doesn't prompt swift action, nothing will, Ruby. I'm praying for a miracle. Ultimately, I believe it is in the hands of God. It is obvious, when the medical community disagrees on mental health issues, the vastness of the problem; the general public will remain at odds over who is capable of the responsibility that comes with deadly force. Who are we going to put on that committee? And where do we decide where to place armed guards since any public place is in jeopardy? Where does it end? This country does not feel "united" to me, nor does it feel free when we live in fear and a gun becomes the god we depend on. We are in for a long hard battle, my friend. Greed, money and power are rolled up into one in this country. Humanity takes a back seat. We see it everyday. It seems there is no issue important enough to outweigh the demands of the wealthiest.

Thank you for visiting my piece, Ruby. I admire your courage and conscience. I love you, my friend. Hugs


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

It is terrible how humans destroy each others' dreams. Your message of how we must all play a part from stopping that from happening is extremely powerful! Thanks for sharing, Amy.


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

Thank you so much, Michelle. I appreciate your beautiful heart and unifying words. Thank you for your visit and awesome message.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX

Dreams may come and dreams may go but the knitting of life continues. The ability to pick up the threads and create something new is what must often be done. That's usually a choice. Been down that road? The winding road is what it is.

The Frog


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

So true, Jim. "The winding road is what it is" sums it up perfectly. Your message is very poetic...a work of art, I dare say. Thank you and Merry Christmas, Frog Prince.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Yes, Amy, you pinpointed in one short substantive sentence our hope for a better world: "the entire rainbow of humanity is in a child's smile." But how do we keep our beautiful children safe when individuals with ... "Genetic gyrations dance to destiny be that what may."

I wish I had the answers but I do know that a great part of the problem lies beyond gun control and squarely at the feet of those responsible for mental health assistance or the lack of it in our country. What will it take for them to wake up?


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

Like all difficult issues, the solutions are multi-faceted, but tackling the mental health crisis in this country is like finding a needle in a haystack. There is so much misinformation, so many unknowns, so little funding for programs that could begin to help, the unchanged stigma revolving around mental illnesses and disorders, differences in opinions among professionals regarding diagnosis and treatment, that it so overwhelming it will take lifetimes to understand, much less manage. Even patients that are diagnosed and treated can't be fully managed, as many are unreliable in compliance with medications. Some medications further impact patients, esp the young, with suicidal thoughts and actions.

Today, near my mother's home, in a upscale neighborhood, an older couple living in a beautiful home, were viciously assaulted by 4 armed men, who not only robbed them, but left them with severe head injuries. The couple are in the ICU in critical condition on Christmas Eve. The gunmen, who stole the security codes for two businesses the couple own, remain at large. I imagine you heard about the ambushed N.Y. firemen shot and killed today by a convicted felon, who then killed himself. His sister, who lived with him, is unaccounted for at this time. Something has to change. I don't have much faith in our lawmakers or government since they are firmly entrenched in opposition with each other. Whether we go over the fiscal cliff or straight to hell, I think its in God's hands. That doesn't mean I've given up, but, at this point, I think the problems are out of our control. All I know is that recent and ongoing events have knocked me to my knees, drbj.

Thank you for visiting me on this Christmas Eve. I hope you and yours have a safe and blessed Christmas, my friend.


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Thank for sharing a great poem on a most difficult subject. You have captured the essence of what most of are feeling but didn't have the words to say. Beautiful! up+, my friend!


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

Thank you so much, Randi. I appreciate your beautiful words on a terrible subject.

I hope you and yours are enjoying your Christmas and will enjoy a safe, healthy and happy 2013.


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Thank you, Amy! to you as well! Only good things in 2013.


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

Your poem expresses the words, sadness, and frustrations so many of us feel. These events keep happening, and keep getting worse. Connecticut stunned the nation and took our breath away. I don't understand how people can protect their right to a semi automatic weapon more than the desire to protect a child or any innocent person. I don't understand how our politicians can talk so little about mental health funding and talk so much about protecting tax rates for the wealthy. What many of us value is ignored, while we watch the powerful protect what is important to them. But we must believe that we can stand up and make a difference. Within us, we need to summon our strength against complacency, against the status quo, against those who want to silence our demands for change. I know you feel the despair of helplessness, but you have an ability to write and express what many feel. And maybe you and many of us on Hub Pages should channel our talents to stand up, to let our voices be heard loud enough and in numbers large enough to make a difference about the things that are important. We don't have to sit back passively and watch the " threads of our dreams unravel into fray". We need to keep reminding ourselves we are never helpless, even if things seem that way.


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

In theory, I agree, toknowinfo. Everything I've done in my life, I've done through determination and an unwillness to become complacent. I do not acquiese to demands that I do not agree with. I wrote this at a low point, when I felt overwhelmed and angry over the very things you speak about so eloquently in your comment.

At this time in history, more than I've ever experienced before, the voice of the people doesn't seem to make a difference. With so many newly poor due to the economy, through the actions of bankers, the government, and those with the backing of the power of wealth, it is clear that money calls the shots. Even our leadership, our lawmakers, can't make peace enough with each other to act in the country's best interest. No one is willing to listen today. If we can't give each idea the courtesy of the respect to, at least listen, I have little hope for change. Here in St. Louis the crime rate is increasing with the desperation of the poor and suffering. It seems that violence begets more of the same. I will be surprised if anarchy, out of feelings of hopelessness, isn't the way we are headed. Our country wouldn't be the first or last to resort to being heard loud and clear if all else fails, because human beings have the right to not be cast to the whims of the those that strive to protect their wealth and interests above all else. Democracy will be heard. Too many have fought and died for freedom to allow us to just give it up. I agree with you, toknowinfo, we are never helpless.

Thank you for your beautifully hopeful, passionate, and inspiring comment. You write magnificently.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Inspirational and wonderful poem. It's so true that we have to do our best to be positive and hold onto our dreams and sometimes it can be so hard to do. Passing this on.


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

Hi Amy, I feel the same way. "Those who hold the gold make the rules." But the faces of those children and the pain of those families, keeps reminding me that something has to be done. Our politicians need to feel compassion and show us their outrage, then things will change. If we don't elect leaders who reflect our views, how is our democracy really working? We can't let them off the hook anymore. There is lots of graft and underhanded things that go on in politics, but if they don't have a job because we take note that they don't represent our interest or really care about protecting our future, they might think differently. I believe our memories are too short, and that real change only comes about because we feel uncomfortable. The faces of those innocent children should remind politicians and us all of our discomfort.


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

Thank you, Gypsy. The tragedy was so monumental and impossible to fathom, and the issues to resolve so vast, it is overwhelming to me. Still, I always hope. Here's hoping for a safe and happy New Year, my friend.


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

My heart still hopes, toknowinfo, but, at this point, I'm praying for a miracle. And, miracles do happen.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

You too Amy. May all your wishes and dream come true in 2013!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A profound piece Amy. You have been able to put into words the thoughts of us all. That last repeated line hits so hard. But we must never give up. Hope is all we have besides a voice and we must let that voice be heard.

Peace for 2013


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

Thank you, Rosemay, for your profoundly stirring message. Peace for 2013 sounds like the perfect New Year's wish for the world.


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lilyfly 3 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

I love the densness, the alliteration sliding you along the lines... very very good!

You see? I am blind! Under your child poem you said you were layed off. Me too. Only part time work, and my client has decided not ot answer her phone, or sign the papers that gets me paid! Another two weeks with no money!!!!

I just want to work!

But, and I MUST EMPHASIZE THIS. Writing is a valid form of work, and it should be repaid from the world at large. That it is not, or very rarely is a crime of concience that this world will eventually pay for, because all the good writers I know are starving, and in absolute want.

There must be a way to change that. Moonfroth and I were considering starting a quarterly... tell me what you think? lily


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

A quarterly, as in a publication? I say you have more hope and courage than I at this point. I am awaiting the national news, but locally, I heard that the midnight deadline will not be met regarding the fiscal cliff. Dear Lilyfly, my feeling, and I am not a pessimist (never have been never will be), based on reality is that we are all on our own. 2013 is starting out telling me so, and I think Americans are in for a rude awakening when it comes to govt mismanagement. Money rules. In Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland, the poor were eating out of dumpsters. Imagine having to pass laws to ensure the dumpsters are locked due to the health hazards of a population with so little to eat and no money to buy that the only laws moving are to lock up the dumpsters? Are we far behind? All I believe anymore is what I see...and only 1/2 of that. I agree, lilyfly, that writing is a valid form of work, but hungry people will put their money towards their stomachs. Maybe in a week I will see things brighter, but my disillusionment and mistrust in our govt has me seeing red. I am still hoping for better, however, in 2013, even if it takes anarchy.


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sligobay 3 years ago from east of the equator

Hope springs eternal between the lines of alliteration so skillfully crafted. Hopeful and healthy New Year as we scale the artifice of this supposed fiscal cliff designed for our fear and manipulation. We the poople of the United States of Glamerica formed to enrich the wealthy and oppress the remaining poopulation will rise on principle to our destiny of equality. Let freedom ring. Long live Lady Lancelot.


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

You are an eloquent gentleman, sligobay, and no one's fool...a knight in shining armor, I would say. I put my faith in, not the unrealistic optimists or pessimists, but in the reality of somewhere in-between, where the truth stands. Now is not the time to be led by panic or fear, but careful thought and action. Indeed, let freedom ring. Live long and well, wise knight. Throwing you a kiss for the New Year, Gerry.


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sligobay 3 years ago from east of the equator

Your buss is graciously received as welcome boon

Alas, the year wanes with tragic storm none too soon;

Dreams rewoven into whole cloth from fray in new year's day

Hope springs eternal as the tatters slip away.

sligobay


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

Magnificent words from a magnificent poet man! Thank you, sligobay. Here's to high hopes at the start of a brand new year. Sending love to you, Gerry.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

You have reached to the heart of the matter I think. This is one of those tipping points in time I think. A point where we can move from if we choose. Or, if we choose not, we will continue to become inured to the level of violence rampant in this country.

On a personal note, I hope you are doing well and happy new year to you


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

Happy New Year to you, too, Audrey. Your comment is beautifully, eloquently put, revealing your thoughtful, poetic soul. Thank you for that. I appreciate your kind wishes, Audrey, and I hope the same for you.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Amy this is amazing writing..this hits to the core of our being..

yes the faithful need to pray .. you said it all..

the children are our responsibility and it is a sad sad world.. with all the hurt and evil.. you are amazing

Blessing to you

Debbie

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

Thank you so much, Deborah. I appreciate your support, your beautiful comment and sharing. Blessings to you, my friend.


Sunnie Day 3 years ago

Beautiful work Amy! Our hearts call us to write about this as there seems to be nothing else that we can do at this moment as we mourn with the families. There will be a time to lift our voices very soon, offering thoughts on how to bring about change, avoiding another horrific event such as this but for now...yes it is true...

"And we watch while the threads of our dreams unravel into fray"

Love,

Sunnie


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

Thank you, Sunnie. I was thinking about the survivors and their parents as the children went back to school. I would imagine it will be difficult to trust that "everything will be o.k." for a long time to come. I would think the fear they must have all felt on that day will stay with them forever. Hopefully, there will be effective change, but the number of guns already "out there" is still growing by leaps and bounds now. Safety seems but a dream for now. Love you, my friend.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I almost missed this one, dear Amy.

“Distant clan of a caveman beats the drum now still in play…”

“Eyes on the prey see survival fittest in the stealthiest to betray…”

Tragically, very true. Two of the many powerful lines in this masterpiece.

What have we done to have devolved into such an angry, violent culture? My heart cries for the family members. I cringe when I hear arguments that maintain more guns is the answer; that we must arm teachers in classrooms; have armed guards at the entrance to public schools, theatres, etc., equipped with semi’s and clips laden with ammo; while the availability and ferocity of this assault-style weaponry continues to accelerate. What’s next – uzies in church pews in order to feel safe? The argument is that “we need to keep America free.” To me, such horrific sights and experiences are the antithesis of freedom…certainly of humanity, as we watch “while the threads of our dreams unravel into fray.”

Change will happen if we want it to; if we have faith, and channel that faith into positive action and awareness...both together, and individually, each in our own ways.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year. :-)


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

You write like a dream, Genna. You have power in your words and voice. I agree with you completely on your honest assessment.

Here in St. Louis the violence escalates daily. The latest gun show last weekend saw record numbers of gun sales. Where does it stop, as you say, uzies in church pews? A few days after the school massacre, a young man back from his tour of duty in the middle east took it upon himself to offer his services at his nieces elementary school in St. Louis. He was outfitted in camo gear and fully armed. He meant well, but has just returned from a vicious war. Many of our veterans return with PTSD and most remain inadequately diagnosed and treated. Who is going to police our police? Mental illness is too vast to conquer, with the specialists still debating over diagnosis and medications that often leave a patient with suicidal ideation. This issue leaves me with little hope. The problem is so complicated, so vast, with so much opposition to the idea of fewer guns or relinquishing even assault weapons, I don't see any change coming soon enough. There is no way to take back what is already on the streets, often in the hands of criminals. We are not free. That is a fact I am aware of and feel that today's present reality will make it a fact that America must come to terms with. Until I see evidence to the contrary and the public is safe, I will remain wary. I feel there is always hope, but mine is now holding on by a thread.

Thank you, Genna, for your perceptive, yet hopeful spirit. Your stirring words are "catching" as I can feel a glimmer of hope on the horizon.


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annart 3 years ago from SW England

You have really hit home here, haven't you, Amy?! Things like this have happened in Britain too; despair blankets the world then but we have to believe that these people are disturbed, depressed, sad, angry beyond belief and we have to fight through education, compassion, love and by any other peaceful means at our disposal to help those with the potential to do these awful things. I'm with Billy, in that there should still be optimism that people together can make a difference, can help others to value theirs and other people's lives, can offer determination and hope that the world can be a better place - even though sometimes it can seem an overly daunting task. Great poem, Amy.


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

Thank you annart. I can't remember any other time where I felt so overwhelmed by so much wrong in the world until now. I can't say that I see anything since to make me feel more hopeful about this particular situation. Here in St. Louis, gun violence hasn't missed a beat. The gunshows are selling record numbers of guns and ammo. I have not heard one idea that, realistically, will resolve the mess we have created. One person, one group, an idealogy for peace is not enough; unless it is one for all and all for one, violence will be looked at as a solution to right, perceived or real, wrongs by those that lean that way. I haven't seen anything to make me think that peaceful solutions are on the horizon. Yet, I still hang on to hope, because when hope is gone there is nothing left. Thank you, annart, for your uplifting words.


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Dancing Water 3 years ago

When the slaughter of young children and educators occurred in Connecticut, I became blocked emotionally. I could not write. I could hardly speak. Like a wounded animal, I retreated from meditating too closely on what had happened, and the outrage, pain, and tragedy of it. I chose instead to watch some of the funerals, pray for everyone, and to mourn in solitude and silence. You, however, are brave, and you put to words the sense of despair so many of us experienced. Thank you so much for that, dear Amy. You have articulated my sentiments exactly__at that time. At present, however, I want to put on the armor of warrior that stands for love, compassion, gentleness by striving to be that. Thank you for reflecting in your most exquisitely beautiful and heartfelt way what I daresay most of humanity feels. You are a gift, dear Amy__a precious, vital gift to all of us in the world.


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

I have to admit, dear Reba, that my emotional energy on the day of the CT school massacre inspiring this poem was not noble, but impotent rage. In this country, where freedom is supposed to reign, the nation learned the bitter truth that even our children's schools are not safe. And, a trip to the mall, the movie theater, a church, for God's sake, carries risk. When I wrote this piece, Dancing Water, I felt chaotic turmoil, anger and hopelessness. The reality of peace, as I still see it, is not reality. I don't see hope for real change in the arena of guns, mental illness or an increased sense of security.

Shortly after my divorce in 2010, I was laid off and unemployed for the first time in my life, at my most vulnerable financially. I realized then that I was truly on my own. The land of opportunity has dried up for the poor. Though the economy is, by it's nature, a changing force, it hasn't happen at a speed that will save the many who have fallen into the pit of poverty. Pulling oneself up by their bootstraps, requires boots...something that many of the wealthy can't grasp. much less approach with compassion. I am afraid that the budget cuts will further seal the fate of those already at the bottom of the totem pole.

Thank you, Reba, for your beautiful statement regarding the CT shootings. I hope that the reverberation of the massacre remains in the consciousness of America so that the impetus for change remains ringing loud and clear.

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