Along for the Ride

I fell asleep perchance to dream

You woke me up by a light stream

Fully roused upon that first note

Along for the ride in your pleasure boat

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You work the crowd now your regime

Passionate frenzy drives full steam

Catch your eye and cast my vote

Along for the ride in your pleasure boat

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Energy there in the light of the beam

Heat seals the deal without a seam

Dangerous mood to sow a wild oat

Along for the ride in your pleasure boat

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Collector of hearts rocks the per diem

Eases the roll of the trip upstream

Hey, it ain't always easy to keep afloat

Along for the ride in your pleasure boat

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Cast your line to catch esteem

Drift with the tide slowly downstream

It is what it is, no need to denote

Along for the ride in your pleasure boat

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No_Clue 5 years ago

Great, expressive, flowing poem with a powerful message!


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Amy, I envy your talent. It takes something real special to write good poetry. And I hadn't heard "Hoochie Coochie Man" in ages.

I had no idea my 5 year old grandson was paying attention. He thinks "Hoochie Coochie" is the coolest thing he ever heard. See what you did. ;)


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

No_Clue, thank you my friend. Your words to me inspire me onward.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Fay, thank you for your delightful commentary including the laughter inspired by your grandson! I heard this band for the first time last night on Letterman. The leader of the band is the son of Willie Nelson!!! Check out the song I heard last night on YouTube...called "Four Letter Word"!

Poetry, like painting, took me by surprise recently. It is addictive and consuming. Thank you so much, my friend, for your support.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I loved the ride in the pleasure boat, certainly weted my appetite for more. Beautifully done, I enjoyed how it streamed along and kept me afloat. Rated Up and wonderful.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I knew you'd catch those metaphors, saddlerider. Thanks for giving my piece your excellent attention.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

No, it ain't always easy to keep afloat in a pleasure boat,

It will help if your mate is loving and straight,

For if he is a thief, you will end up on the reef.

And unloved and marooned will be your sad fate.

Your poem is sweet, Amy, thank you.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, drbj. I'm still catching up, my friend and I am going to check out your piece on love affairs. I took your commentary a little while back seriously about fantasy in poetry and I'm putting my oars in the water. Thank you for visiting and your clever commentary.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Sowing oats in a pleasure boat. Very clever. Thank you for sharing.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Always glad to hear from you, Augustine. It's quite a stretch for me into imagination...I'm a very careful, deliberate person. I wear my heart on my sleeve and this is about wordplay rather than actual play and emotions rather than events. Musically, for whatever reason, this group got me going...their energy is so contagious. I've been so open, sometimes I think twice and want to qualify a piece as not per verbatim. Someday, I'll grow up and write a piece and just let it fly on it's own. The idea, really, is to allow the reader to see what they want! But, today, I just couldn't help myself and succumbed to the need to explain myself!!! I have so many friends at the hub that and sometimes I worry they think I've gone off the deep end without a life jacket. But, I love that I feel genuine concern...caring. It is very endearing and makes me very glad I've found this world.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Your insight into your work is always welcomed. We draw our own interpretations on your hubs, and it's interesting to see if we all see the same thing. We will all be here no matter what. With that being said, have you ever been on a pleasure boat? You can tell us, we're your hub family.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

How touchingly sweet, Augustine. And, to answer your question, "No, the closest I've been was a sailboat with an inept sailer." No fun at all when it laid over...the boat, I mean!


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I loved this piece Amy. Up and beautiful. You are amazingly talented.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, breakfastpop, for your encouraging words. They spurn me on to do better things! Giddiup!


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

I love your poetry because we all do see something different in your writings. It can be a literal boat or it can take us to a dream sequence in our lives. It's fun relating to these wonderful writings.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear BobbiRant, I appreciate your commentary. It tells me you understand that not everything written is literal, yet some is, and there is always room for the fun of creativity by the writer and interpretation by the reader.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

I see what you mean. I really enjoyed it...still like Tin Cup said: "Sometimes you just gotta let the big dog eat." =:)


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Winsome, hey, you checked it out! Thank you for coming by. Love the comment!


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

I love this Amy. You once again prove your masterful control of the material. You're so succinct, evocative and each sentence cuts through like steel. There is that glint in the steel like perhaps you have in your eye when you write these... and I so adore these works as I do the glint. Brilliant!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I feel like a warrior when I hone in on an idea...and don't stop until I've finished even if it means burning the midnight oil. Thank you for recognizing the "glint". It's the part of me I hope never dims.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Me too, All of the above!!!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks, ahorseback, the birthday boy!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Another gem I didn't get any notice of. Lucky I went looking. You're bad to the bone baby!

Since H.P. isn't letting me know when you've got something new going on, I'd appreciate it if you'd give me a heads up Amy. Keep it up super star!

jim


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I will and thank you, you gem of a dude. Quite the rockstar, you are! I'm disappointed I haven't cracked the code on my narnia artwork. I believe it's too many "bites" to handle and it keeps uploading "laying over"! Maybe tomorrow.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well it's good to see you writing again Amy ..... I've been checking and for the longest time you didn't write anything - so what is that old saying - you can't keep a good writer down ...... and you've always been one of the great ones that I've ever had the pleasure of reading here at the Hub!

By the way - say hello to Mac for me!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, epigramman, for your kindness. Mac says "Hello" back. Mucho changes happening, but Mac remains a steady source of love, love, love as your critters do for you...an incredible, underrated blessing.

Getting ready for an interview today and am hopeful I become a part of the world outside my apartment again. I see you have been prolific in your excellent writing and saw notice of a Rolling Stone piece I am anxious to read later. Thank you for your visit and comments.

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