Walkin' a Midnight Mile

Tossed too many jewels to the flow of the tide in the deep of the sea

Collected a montage of faux stones as if rough hewn diamonds to be

Emptiness filled the walls tight squeezing out space for love left in me

I'm walkin' a midnight mile lookin' for what it takes to be free

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Spent too much time walled in a strange corner pretending to see

Leaving me contorted in the cramped cell of his restrictive decree

A conflicted act of contrition falls dead without direction in its plea

I'm walkin' a midnight mile lookin' for what it takes to be free

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Learned Catholic doctrine dressed in a clean uniform just to the knee

Saw pomp and circumstance cup hypocrisy as if it's chaliced epitome

Blindly chased virtue that left me lost in a forest without a live tree

I'm walkin' a midnight mile lookin' for what it takes to be free

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No longer the little girl without a voice strong enough to disagree

When I fall, its by my own sword slicing through useless debris

Staking claim to my desires without need of false promises to flee

I'm still walkin' a midnight mile lookin' for what it takes to be free

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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

Lot's of great lines on this one but I also like the rhyme...


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

Thank you, Suburban Poet. I appreciate your awesome feedback.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

There are no perfect roads or choices...the adage, "to thine own self be true" may be the truer words spoken. I sense that you have spent too much time conforming to the beliefs of others...maybe your time has arrived...poetically. Good verse and thought provoking. ~WB


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

Wow, Wayne, I must have said this right, because that is exactly the meaning I tried to relay in this poem. "Too much time conforming to the beliefs of others" is precisely right. Thank you so much for your visit and thoughtful comment. You've reminded me that I haven't seen notices on your work for awhile. I've got some catchin' up to do!


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

So good and so relatable (for those of us who are/were afraid NOT to conform) Great hub! Thank you!


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

Conforming to ourselves may be the real challenge. Nicely done again. I would expect nothing less from your labors. How's your Mom? Cards triumphant tomorrow?


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

It takes courage to be true to oneself. It's SO worth it. Though it can feel temporarily satisfying to be a "pleaser", it is a mistake as the pleaser lno longer knows who they are. They are too busy being everything to everyone else. Thank you, brtbell for your visit and great comment.


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

Thank you, Perspycacious, for the visit, comment and asking about me mum. She is, as usual, stressed. My sister just left to go home to Hawaii after a few weeks visiting with mom. Instead of enjoying the visit, mom spent the weeks prior dreading the changes in her routine and will spend weeks after recovering. Her OCD combined with the dementia she incurred from her bypass surgery a year ago has impacted her life in a big, bad way. Changing her routine, even in the slightest, is more than she can bear. I help her the best I can by adhering to her routine as much as possible. Thank you so much for asking, my friend.


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

Perspycacious, As far as the Cardinals, they don't call them "Cardiac Cards" for nothin'! As usual, it's always exciting, as they are usually "down to the wire". If they win the last playoff game and go to the Series, it will be one big party and a boon for the local economy. "Go Cards!"


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epigramman 4 years ago

....love this one Amy - it's a survivor's account by a poetic visionary.

If I am to be a crazy shining 'diamond' then you are that great (made up Epi line) "Eureka folks there's gold in them thar Hub hills" and each poem at Miss B's hubpage is a glorious golden moment in the advancement of creative writing.

Like I always do by pinching myself - I can't say I've ever seen writing like this at the Hub and displayed and realized in such an artful way too.

Thank you for relaying 'this story' in your life but presenting like a poetic tapestry - so rich in descriptive language and so deep in its narrative meaning - hubbravo from the epi-man over his first cup of coffee and J.S. Bach piano music just before sunrise at 7:49am although I think the sunrise has already happened here in your latest poetic masterwork.


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Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

I love it. Do not be shoehorned into that corner. My favorite line from an old, old series of books that didn't really have much to stand for is "Ask not how to live; instead, proceed to do so." I have used that as my tag line on my email address for years, and I just love it. Live, Amy, and may you Live well. One last thing, Go CARDS!!!


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

Just beautiful and amazing deep expression. I would recommend you *dance* through the waves and in the midnight moon light. Allow your heart to soar and you will feel lighter. Love the video too. Really awesome and beautiful. Up, tweet, shared and pinned. :)


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Well said, Amy, we should all have creative expression indeed. Thanks for the thoughts on really being true to yourself, some thing that indeed takes Walking a mile to do. Sharing!


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

I like poems and stories about survivors and how they have evolved into the strong person they are. Great topic put to poetry. Love it!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Dear Amy,

So nice to see your name pop up last night but alas, I was too tired to read and comment. So here I am this morning, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to tell you, once again, that your poetry makes my heart sing.

We all conform, do we not? Especially at a younger age. hopefully, as we reach adulthood, we start to shed the chains of expectations....hopefully! It sounds to me as though all of your chains are finally loose on the ground.

Sending peace and warm thoughts your way

bill


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

Thank you. Mister C. I think the hardest part of my journey has been honoring my own boundaries, respecting the differences that others see fit and still maintaining my own. I've been bulldozed too many times and left feeling the impact. I've met too many who willfully mistake my kindness for acquiescence. I refuse to get into a battle of the wills. I 'yam what I 'yam and I resent someone trying to change me for their own agenda. I've found my best option is to follow my gut and often it means saying 'goodbye and good luck'. So be it. I do not second guess myself anymore. No time to lose at this point. Though I am disgusted with myself for giving away my youth, the hard won path to freedom is worth the cost. I am firm in my beliefs. I no longer compromise myself. I still make mistakes, but they are my own. And, I sleep better at night. Part of my learning experience is retrospective and I think about the episodes that I once agonized over and am still amazed at how simple it should have been. Now I listen to and trust my inner voice and find it doesn't betray me.

Thank you, Colin, for your confidence building message. You, my crazy diamond, give me courage.


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

Dear Mr. Archer, I hadn't heard the quote you live by and I am adding it to the tape that plays in my head whenever I feel uncertain. Strong words that make me happy just reading them. Thank you, Mr. Archer, for a gift I will use whenever I have doubts. And, yes, "Go Cards!"


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

Dear Jo, Thank you for a beautiful statement that I revel in everytime I honor my own truth. "Allow your heart to soar and you will feel lighter" is exactly what I have discovered. I appreciate your message, my friend, and, as always, your encouraging support. Shalom


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

Dear Midge, Your message is especially comforting to me, because it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the struggle to be true to oneself is something everyone weighs at one time or another. We live and we learn. I was raised and schooled in an environment and at a time when "being nice" was the foremost attribute ascribed to being female. I still value diplomacy, but some of my most memorable moments have been when I just spit it out; just saying it without hesitation or self-imposed censorship. In fact, I'd even say that some of President Obama's diplomacy has negatively effected the public perception of his strength versus weakness. His strongest moments have been confrontational. Thank you, midget, for your awesome, thought-provoking comment.


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

Dear Bobbi, Your writing often highlights righting injustices, strength over weakness, righting societal wrongs and the courage to do so. Your hubs are models of championing the underdog, so much like my beloved dad. For that reason, you will always be dear to my heart. Thank you for your encouraging support and an undying conviction to your principals. You are an inspiration.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Amy this is wonderful, love that refrain line, very musical. This poem, as others have said, shows great strength and maturity. You are growing emotionally and poetically right here before us.


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

Dear Bill, Self-imposed slavery is abominable to oneself and everyone involved with a prisoner of their own making. It takes courage to be able to honestly say "no". But, without honesty, time, lives and principals are thrown away. Going with the flow feels easier short-term; "being nice" when it's not honest is lying and benefits no one, especially when it compromises the "pleaser." It is not living; it is acting. But, life is not a dress rehearsal. The only way to live is truthfully, even when the truth isn't appetizing.

Thank you, Bill, for your loyal support and encouragement. Sending you hugs from St. Louis


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

Dear xstatic, God knows I am a blockhead; stubborn, resistant and hard to get through to. Despite my grandmother's perceptive statement to me "Amy, stop looking for a burning bush, the answers whisper", I learned by being knocked down...again and again (as long as I'm being honest). A late bloomer, I am grateful that God has given me the time to see the truth and the courage to put it into action.

Quite frankly, xstatic, I feel ashamed to admit the process took me so long. Old habits die hard, especially for a hard-headed woman. Thank you for your kind thoughts, which ring a positive note with me; understanding despite my shortcomings. Your words touch me.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

It's not the 'hard head' that gets in the way, sweet Amy. It may be your immense heart that leads you. It is not difficult to 'fall in love' or even 'fall in like.' The difficult part is finding the right person to 'catch' you.

What striking analogies you have created in this poem! One of my all-time favorites will now be ... 'lost in a forest without a live tree.' Sublime!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

So let me see here. How about not falling on your own sword to make a point to yourself. That is usually who ends up getting the point.

Good work Amy.

The Frog


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

Honestly, dearest drbj, you constantly amaze me in your ability to see the depth in conflict. You are 100% on the mark in your assessment that it is my heart, too, that has always led me to doubt myself, wanting to be fair, not wanting to jump to conclusions too quickly, but finding that often, though not always, I should have trusted my gut. By that time, what should have been simple, isn't. Actually, it would be impossible for me to "fall" in love, but "like" is another story. I am, inside my head, a cautious being, but always the diplomat, I find it unbearable to hurt another by what I am processing inside my hard head. Ironically, though I might be internally livid when that very person begins making demands I find personally offensive, they are quick to critique me, often without the same kindness I gave them. Though I feel no right to make demands of anyone else; and I feel no need to try to change anyone, I end up feeling stupidly indignant that the very person I don't even like is berating me for the care that got me into the situation! Live and learn...and it's never too late. I have a clear picture (although my explanation is confusing) LOL. Through my learning process, I know that firm truthfulness applied with tact is better for everyone, esp me...sometimes sans the tact. Much to my surprise, drbj, saying "no" is rewarding when it's the truth. In situations that use to leave me agonizing, I find, with honesty, I walk away with respect.

Thank you for all the kind help you always extend to me, my friend. You have impacted me in a purely positive way. I value each and every word. Promise


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

Dear Frog Prince, I find your brilliant, succinct statement totally you and totally awesome. Simple logic for a lesson hard learned for me, and you can take it to the bank that I'll remember your words. But, you know what, FP? Falling on my own sword, though painful, delivered the most impact for me. Remember, I'm stubborn and resistant! You're not dealing with normal! LOL. I'm much better now, because once I learn a lesson through the school of hard knocks, I remember.

Thank you, Jim, for visiting and leaving me with your honest truth. It's a beautiful thing.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Another poem that says so much, Amy. I like the alluding to the Catholic education and the hypocrisy of it all. Then, you grew up and saw and realized it all. How we all mature, finally. I also like the metaphor of the forest and walking that mile. This is well said from the heart.


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

Dear Suzette, Thank you so much for letting me know that you liked the reference to my parochial education. It has had a huge bearing on how I interacted with the world. I am by nature, shy, and all the rules about did me in! Guilt, fear, guilt, restraint, guilt and an unrealistic view of the world in general, made it difficult for me to have a voice. Once I left an all-girls, Catholic high school, I didn't go back to church. I'd had enough of organized religion to last 2 lifetimes. I had an inkling even as a grade schooler that something was off, but didn't really know what was up until I became an adult. Though I couldn't put my finger on it, because I wasn't aware of that kind of betrayal regarding the priest and children, I could feel the vibe of hypocracy and sensed something big and bad was rotten in Denmark. So, thank you, Suzette, for being specific about what you liked in my piece. You are helping me as the ultimate teacher, my favorite teacher, with the next poem I write. Sending you love from St. Louis


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Real and raw, you wear your heart on your sleeve. you share your journey though your words. Joyous or sad, smooth or rough, the journey is always evocative and insightful. The words always picked and penned to perfection. The soft heart full of empathy can also be a sponge for eternal melancholy... May you find a forest full of lush, green foliage.


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

Sweet Docmo, I still have enough fire left in me to squelch melancholy to hell. Despite it all, there is still too much fun, happiness and excitement to let it die unknown by the roadside. Tomorrow I am certain to find that forest full of lush, green foliage you wish for me. You make me smile, Mohan. Thank you


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Aha, how much more beauty could we want or expect from you, a heart full of promises, Only wanting the best , Thus ,finding that all is not what we were taught. I have to relearn the the teachings of my grandmother who taught hell and Damantion. You give me a feeling of choice. Thank you My favorite Poet I love you Amy. Thank you..


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

Oh, Ruby, you just made me cry. I love you, my friend. That feeling of choice that you mention, Ruby, is one I never thought I had, until the 2 years of my discontent, which actually was a good thing as I HAD to grow up. It was stand up for myself, honor my boundaries, do what was right by me or have a nervous breakdown. I am not over-dramatizing my state of mind when I continually tried to please everyone else and, ultimately, compromised my integrity, Ruby. I became confused, overwhelmed, a basket case that wanted to die. I got to the point that I felt like I was wearing a sign that said "I'm a loser. Kick me again". Today, I am stronger for it, more determined to live by my own beliefs and boundaries without apology. In other words, I want to be treated like I treat everyone else. I won't allow anyone to mow me down or cajole me into anything that doesn't feel right. I don't need everyone to like me, although I hope you still do, my friend. I still care about those I love, but I know that I need to take care of me, too. Thank you for your awesome message to me, Ruby Tuesday. I'm sending a huge hug from me to you.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Amazing words from the heart Amy. Wayne said it, you confirmed it. I hope you are doing well with the medical issues and I am glad to see your words come across my screen once more.

mark


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

Dear Mark, Did I tell you I am finally receiving my Rx, Pentasa, from Shire Pharmaceuticals, delivered by FedEx at no cost to me? It is a godsend. Though I'd rather be employed with health insurance and paying for my meds, I am utterly, humbly grateful to receive them. I hope you are doing better with your medical issues, Mark. I think about you everytime I get the daily emails from Publisher's Clearing House. I never miss responding to the chance of winning $5,000/week for life! If my diligence pays off, I'll send you half. Thank you for your visit, Mark, and your kind words. Take good care of yourself.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Very powerful (to me). My wife, Arlene, was a Catholic school girl. Her childhood was something she never came to terms with.


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

Dear Mhatter, I understand as I lived it, too. In the name of religion, much damage is done. Thank you, M. I appreciate the camaraderie in your shared story.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. Nice flow to your poem. Nice imagery of full moons and questions asked to the night sky. Made me think of the Billy Joel song - Only the Good Die Young where Catholic girls start much too late and so on. I had the pleasure of going to a Lutheran private school and no uniform.


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

Dear Gypsy, I remember so many things about my Catholic education that controlled me by fear, inflexible ideas and hypocrisy, that, though I have faith in God, I cannot abide organized religion. Today, I see abundant irony in the Catholic dichotomy between their abject authority and the crimes perpetrated against children, and even the general, albeit joked about, sexual connotation associated with the uniform.

Entrusted by caring parents to educate their children (paying expensive tuition to boot), the Catholic church was adamant that girls grow into subserviant, compliant women, basically attaching holiness to breeding future little Catholic tithing machines and outlets for deviant priests. Not the case for every priest, of course; there are many truly pious priests, but my trust in man-made holier than thou rules is forever gone. As one of the wealthiest organizations in the world, I now see it as any other business, ruled by greed and corruption. This is only my personal experience, dear Gypsy, and I have no motivation to change anyone else's opinion. Poetry simply gives me an outlet to voice my feelings. Thank you for your thoughts and reminding me of Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young". I think I'll have a listen now!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Beloved One Amy,

Yes, when we give ourselves away just to conform, we lose our own identity. I know when I was younger, I was constantly seeking the approval of others, then my own heart felt as though it was not even mine. Once I found my voice to be who I am today, I am able to love others for who they are, and hope that they would respect me for who I am, whether or not we are not on the same page. We all have to be true to ourselves no matter what, as that is the very first step to becoming free.

My dad was Catholic and my mother Methodist, but we mainly went to a Catholic church and sometimes school. After I had grown up, I knew I had to find my own personal and intimate relationship with the Lord, as there is a huge difference between being "religious" and being "Christian."

I respect all others' beliefs, as I would hope all would respect mine.

Your poetry of that deep searching of oneself is so very profound and amazing. When you write, paint or whatever your artist endeavors may be, I know while doing so, you are free. I cherish the beautiful gift of you and your gifts you share here with all us. You are beautiful, as one can always tell by another's heart. Your heart is exquisite.

God bless. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper


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

Beautiful Faith, I remember my 2nd grade teacher, an ancient nun named Sister Angela. She was the first hard-core controller I encountered in my young life and I was terrified when she told the class of 45 second-graders that "God can do anything" and in her long teaching career, she has seen God turn bad children into butterflies that just flew out the window. She had no idea how I shook when she told the class that one of the little boys had been bad (although he had epilepsy) and the thrashing sounds we heard from the locker she put him in was his punishment. Her theory was that his classmates would have been traumatized to witness his seizure. Little did she know that the fear the class felt over "his punishment" was far more damaging than witnessing a seizure. I walked around in abject fear, afraid to look sideways, worrying what sin I might unknowingly commit and the punishment that might befall me. The requisite weekly visit to the confessional made me break out in a cold sweat. When I told Sis. Angela I didn't have any sins to confess once, she admonished me that even the saints went everyday! Since I knew better than to admit I had no aspirations to sainthood, I made up a sin and told the intimidating priest I had lied twice. I got my bogus penance and left relieved until next week!

I decided, as an adult, I didn't need a fallible man as a mediator between God and myself. I have a personal relationship that is real and that's all I need. You last sentences, Faith, left me sighing with an audible "awwwww". You touch my heart, my friend. Knowing you is another way that I see God with all my heart and soul.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh, me, dear Amy,

That is such a terrible thing to see happen at your school!!! I will never understand anyone's thought process in matters such as that depicted.

I knew from a very young age, and I do not know how, and I guess He revealed it to me, that I did not need to go through another man to have that intimate personal relationship with my Lord. He desires that relationship with us, and will pursue us to the end of time. Exactly, a falliable man . . . as God is no respector of man. A man puts his pants on one leg at a time like everybody else. A man should not be placed upon a pedestal, as if we are to worship a man.

Yes, we can see Him in others and I, too, see Him in you shining His light.

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Amy, I only attended Catholic school for one week. A nun called be dumb and I told her off and so I went to public schools, but never missed catechism class. I saw and recognized the hypocrisy as a young child. I nearly didn't make my first communion because I told that nun off, believe it or not. My dad made a hefty donation to the church so I was allowed to make my first communcion with my class. I have never really been taken in by the doctrine of the Catholic Church; I have more a personal relationship with God, which is really more Protestant than Catholic. I got off to a rocky start with the Catholic Church, so I was never really indoctrinated, and when the stuff with the priests came out, I wasn't that surprised. I think the Catholic Religion has done a number on a lot of people, so don't ever feel badly. That part of your poem just really touched me as does all of your poetry. It is so finely written, Amy.


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Micky Dee 4 years ago

Beautiful dear Amy.


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

Dear Faith, One message from Sister Angela that I know is gospel is that "God can do anything". Knowing that, it doesn't matter whether I sit in a church or communicate with God like I do a friend. In fact, I talk to Him whenever and wherever I am. Manmade rules tend to be inflexible and restrictive. God has no bounds. Thank you for your thoughts, Faith, and thank you for allowing me to explore mine with you here. You are helping me feel more and more clear and positive about my path. Sending love to you from me.


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

I've known, since I met you here, Suzette, that you are a courageous woman. Yet, I am in awe of the fact that you were able to show great courage even as a child without hesitation. I was so intimidated by the nuns, I was scared silent. I had asthma as a kid and, often, on Tuesday Benediction after Mass, the smoke from the ritual would start an attack that left me choking so violently, I was soaking wet from sweating. Sister Angela accused me of faking, until she was hospitalized with pneumonia for several weeks. When she returned to school, she sought me out at recess one day to apologize, as she had suffered the same symptoms during her illness. However, she never did accept the fact that I was baptised "Amy" (since she explained there was no Saint Amy), and insisted on calling me Amelia throughout my time in her classroom. For some reason, she seemed fixated on making me feel different. Another problem she focused on were my "cheekbones"...yes, really. I can't tell you how many times she told me I must be an American Indian because of my bone structure!!! Little did she know, I was flattered.

Thank you for coming back to share your experiences with me, Suzette. Now I am even more in awe of you!!!


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

Bless your beautiful heart, Micky Dee.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Are you kidding, Amy? I don't know if that was courage or idiocy. My mom always taught us to never let anyone put us down whether another kid or an adult. We were always suppose to stand up for ourselves. So I took her lesson to heart and spoke back to the nun. Believe me, I was out of that school that day! When my dad showed up at the school from work, I knew this was serious! LOL But, I never got into any trouble from my parents for what I said to her. They just said, Oh well, and I went to public school.


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

No, dear Suzette, I'm not kidding. It was courage, encouraged and supported by your parents. My mom would initially have been mortified if I had spoken back to a "holier than thou" authority figure. Today, she would have been proud of it, but when I was a child I was expected to respect the "religious". Me mum, still, to this day, has great difficulty being direct. However, I remember my dad "rolling his eyes" but keeping the peace by acquiesing to her in order to avoid confrontation. Needless to say, I was confused and conflicted. Though I always made up my own mind, it took me a long time to be able to disagree and verbalize my thoughts. Feeling free to do that has brought me peace.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Dear Amy,

Yes, I, too talk to Him all day long, when and where I want, and it is a straight communication between just he and I. I pray your day is as lovely as you are dear one. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Micky Dee 4 years ago

Nicely done Amy.


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

Appreciate your visit, Micky Dee. As always, its so nice to hear from you. Thank you!


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LeahMia8911 4 years ago

Your poetry flows beautifully and seems so cathartic. I am engrossed from the first verse! A powerful poem that speaks to me deeply


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

You made my day, LeahMia. I can't think of much that makes me happier than writing poetry that a reader connects with and feels at a gut level. I am thrilled that you like this piece. Thank you so much.


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pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand

A journey a lot of us are on that you describe so eloquently. How very beautiful. Thank you!


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

Awww, thank you, Penny. I appreciate your visit, time and encouraging words. Hugs from St. Lou to you


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pearlmacb 3 years ago from Switzerland

Powerful Poetry! VotedUp

I will include this peom also to EmeraldPoetry Ebook Project. Thankyou for being a voice to empower women. Cheers Meg.


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

I am so glad our paths crossed, Meg. Thank you so much for the honor in being a part of empowering women through the EmeraldPoetry Ebook project. Hugs


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Moesky 3 years ago from Amsterdam

This is a poem screaming for a melody. The rhythm is buoyant and light, and you've got a great hook-line and title. You should turn this into a song.


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

Wish I was muscially talented, Moesky! Thank you so much for your uplifting comment, which makes me feel like dancin'!


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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

Amy, you are the queen of lyrical poetry. How you come up with some of these sentences is beyond me! You work very hard, I can tell and I'm so appreciative to have the opportunity to read your work. Always awesome Amy! Oh I love this sentence: 'A conflicted act of contrition falls dead without direction in its plea'. That's just amazing. *hugs*

-Aubrey


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

Aubrey, I can tell from your comments that you are a person who looks for the nicest words you can say to everyone you communicate with. As always, everytime you visit you leave me with a smile and feeling on top of the world. I feel incredibly fortunate to call you my friend. Hugs to you from St. Lou. -Amy

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