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The Life and Death of a Princess

Updated on January 1, 2011

Perfect little princess is born today

Unfold the script within your play

What music will play in your ballet

Take care of her, Father, show her the way

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Dreams and dolls, a milky parfait

Keep demons and dragons faraway

And, mother’s life do not replay

Take care of her, Father, show her the way

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Portrait of learning is not by Monet

Crumbling walls, lead paint the survey

Focus is fixed on all this decay

Take care of her, Father, show her the way

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Perfect little princess, tasty sorbet

It’s hard to keep the gangs away

Life in the hands of bird of prey

Take care of her, Father, show her the way

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Pretty little dancer in full display

Mama’s life a known cache

The life within you can only pray

Take care of her, Father, show her the way

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Pretty little princess, who are they

Watch and wait to see you sway

Flay that created your final stay

Take care of her, Father, show her the way

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh Kathy, you are such a sweet, kind, beautiful soul. Thank you for recognizing my "heart on my sleeve" style. I don't think I could be any other way. It would feel to me such a total waste of time to be anything other than gut level honest. Thank you for accepting me through my attempts at honesty though artistry. I am so lucky to call you my wonderful friend.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Oh, I am wordless. this is so deep, so sweet, so sad. Really beautiful. Much much inner self comes out here on HP's .... happiness, sorrow, worry, glee, celebration, consideration, thoughtfulness, openness, fear....the gamut of emotions and you're sharing all of them with your frineds here, Amy. It takes a certain kind of strength to show the world yourself...without constraints or editing...something I could learn a little more of; not keeping that distance.

      thank you for trusting your HP friends enough to be real.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Martie, I am always so happy to see you. I feel like you and all of my new friends here have helped me begin to excise my demons and in doing so, I am feeling more and more free to open my mind to all things new. In exploring new ideas through the many fine writers at the hub, I am shaking off my self absorption to find the whole world awaiting exploration and discovery. It took me long enough, but everyone who lives long enough grows up in one fashion or another. I am grateful I've been given the chance again. Thank you for your support, Martie. I always think of you when I feel the pull of new adventures in learning and growing.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Amy, this was truly a heart-touching poem. I became clearly aware of your concern for little girls who have to grown up in this world just to be killed before they even know who they really are. I have to agree with all comments. Especially with drbj – you are definitely growing into a giant of a poet. You poems are actually lyrics of songs still to be composed. Take care!

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you, Theseus! Glad to meet you. I appreciate your beautiful comments. I love your avatar, it's adorable.

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      theseus 6 years ago from philippines

      hi amy,

      i was hooked by the poem. very beautiful and poignant, if i may add.thank you for a great hub.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      gnomefitness, thank you for your beautiful commentary. I have gotten my personal issues written ad nauseum, and I feel so freed, I am able to look beyond my own small world, and move on. Thank you so much for hanging in there with me and giving me the opportunity with your time and comments.

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      ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Amy, you sure have found your inner poet. That was beautiful and thought provoking.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Prasetio30, Thank you for your time and commentary. It's good to see you. I've seen your comments on some of my friends here at the hub. Glad to meet you!

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Micky Dee, It use to be I heard the comment, "You worry too much". That's not true anymore. Life in the city is filled with children carrying guns and gangs. Kids today living "out in the sticks" are often victims of abductions and no more safe than in the city. In a small MO town, Shawn Hornbeck disappeared riding his bike. He was found years later living with his abductor in a relatively civilized city called Kirkwood, not far from where I now live. He was rescued when the abductor had him help to abduct a "younger" boy for his games. Shawn was getting too grown up and his preference was for a younger child. You probably remember seeing the news as it became a well known celebration at finding these two victims. So, your fears are not exaggerated or unwarranted. Thank you, Micky Dee, for stopping to read and comment.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you, BobbiRant. Yes, this is a poem about a 17 year old girl, here in St. Louis, who was shot in the street trying to leave the outbreak of an altercation of gang members. Her family and friends had a memorial onsite New Year's Eve. Very sad commentary on the way things are in many inner city neighborhoods...children having children and dying on the streets at the hands of their peers. Real life today for children. Thank you for your support, as always, BobbiRant. I love your comments.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This poem is so great and beautiful. Thanks for writing this. I really appreciate your work. Good job, my friend. Happy New Year, and wishing you all the best in 2011. Cheers...

      Love and peace,

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Beautiful Amy! I have a daughter and fear for her safety as this is a carnivorous world. "Take care of her, Father, show her the way"

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      You portray the short, short life of a young girl who was taken from the world way too soon. To me it states how, upon death, everything we have done is canceled and anything we will accomplish in the future is taken away. Sad, sad indeed. Beautiful writing

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you drbj, courtesy of Stan Fletcher, word master of the imagination extraordinaire! I appreciate your words of encouragementality!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Absolutely beautiful, Amy, but then I'm not surprised. Your poetry just keeps getting betterer and betterer (thank Stan Fletcher for those adjectives.) :)

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      O.K. since it's just what the doctor ordered, I'll take your prescription gladly, Doc Will!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "I can't believe you would compliment me."

      That's what I mean by learning to love yourself again.

      Why wouldn't I compliment you? You are really talented, young lady! Accept it and then give yourself that hug I prescribed.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Mike, thank you so much. You know you inspired this one with your hub about the importance of education, don't you? Thank you, my friend.

      WillStarr, after reading two of your hubs, I am so completely blown away by your art form, I can't believe you would compliment me. Thank you for your kindness.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Give yourself a well deserved hug and then go write some more great stuff.

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      Amy, this is awesome. I could not say it any better than WillStarr, so just double what he had to say.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Your words are profound and very sweet, WillStarr. I thank you for coming back to say them. They make a difference. I will think of those words often.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The hardest person to forgive is yourself, but it must be done if we are ever to be whole again. When everyone else loves you, perhaps you should learn to love you too.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      WillStarr, thank you so much for your extraordinary commentary. You made me very happy!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "Perfect little princess is born today

      Unfold the script within your play

      What music will play in your ballet

      Take care of her, Father, show her the way"

      You captured the whims of a young lady's life journey in just four short lines.

      Amazing.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      epigramman, I need to take stock in kleenex, because the love I feel here at the hub has me crying again. Your comments are so beautiful that I must read them again and again. Thank you, my friend, for being there for me, always.

      Bel, my sweet friend, you remembered! I shouldn't be surprised as I know for certain, you really listen. Yes, I was actually inspired by my dear friend, epigramman after I saw how moving poetry can be. I actually did not like it before I got onboard at the hub. And I never wrote any. Thank you so much, Bel, for always listening, reading and caring. You are a great friend to me.

      I wanted to say that the inspiration for this work is the sad, true story of a young girl, pregnant, who was killed in a parking lot by gang members last week.

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      Bel Marshall 6 years ago from Michigan

      Amy,

      I might be confused about this...but wasn't it you who said you have never written poetry before?

      All I can say is if that is true, the world has missed out on some absolutely amazing work.

      This one is heart wrenching.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...the mark of any great writer is when you finish reading the piece and it is so riveting and full of emotioinal and intellecutal depth that you are compelled to read it again .....which I just did - and this one for me is a rich sweeping cinematic journey for the mind and contains all of your poetic hallmarks Amy and is layered with enough narrative intrigue to fill a book - which is my estimation represents a writer who is total command of her artistic faculties.

      Always a pleasurable experience because you also allow the reader to work at it too!