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One More Hostage

Updated on September 10, 2012

Tiny winged hope skimming earth in symmetry speaks to me

Color flickers by on guard a wary intruder, silent hints to flee

Flawed feathered rebel left adrift forages amidst an avian sea

One more hostage in an imperfect world struggles just to be

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Monsters inside commandeer a captive to a place of nothing free

Stowaway living where hopes built a nest away on the fringe tree

Human bondage resurrects an image of a little boy now absentee

One more hostage in an imperfect world struggles just to be

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Out of the blue, without a choice, into the unknown, born are we

Innocent pastels color newborn visions, dreams mama's sweet pea

Angelic face knows not malicious intent sleeps pure without a plea

One more hostage in an imperfect world will struggle just to be

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In the end, when all is said and done, the last moment of no guarantee

Carrying the paints I stepped in along the journey to what I foresee

Once a blank canvas covered in the impact of shades that color my key

As one more hostage in an imperfect world who struggled just to be

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...well Amy that's two for two - I've been first in line two days in a row.

      (It helps by camping outside your hub door in the wee small hours of the morning with a pot of coffee in hand)

      Amy Linguist , you are inventing the new color of language here and you compose ideas and impressions like a copywriter's dream.

      I can see words actually jumping up and down on your lap Amy like excited, hopeful, hyperactive children looking at you adoringly and screaming in their tiny voices -"Amy pick me , pick me , pick me."

      In the colorful world of words waiting to be chosen 'you' are their best friend, ally, mentor ......

      ....and you are constantly re-inventing and subverting the tired old poetry genre with new, fresh and progressive ideas.

      I always see/read the 'painter/artist' in you with each new piece because no one else brings so much color and vibrancy to expressing yourself in the way you do.

      And you are one of the 'few' writers who always demands a re-read of at least 2 or 3 times and like all 'great art, I see/learn/gain something different each time - thank you for sharing all of these fabulous gifts with us Amy - for we are becoming 'better' readers as we follow you daily in your enlightened literary journey by taking us to new places in our minds. lake erie time 9:43am

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Yes Amy. we are a part of the colorful spectrum of life. born into an unforgiving environment and the main thing from start to finish, in just to survive. Thank you for your wonderful imagery and thoughts shared by your work.

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Beautiful!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Mister C, What can I say other than I take my cue from the best, you. Your poetry spun my head around with your unique brand of mastery, be it classically beautiful to meaningfully irreverent. I'd never seen anything like it and it remains a powerful force of expression and inspiration. So, hearing your enthusiastic words to me are a dream come true. Your visits and comments and friendship mean the world to me. Thank you, Epi. You be da man!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      whonunuwho, Thank you so much for your time and gorgeous comment. It gives me the greatest pleasure to hear that you find value and beauty in the imagery and thoughts I try to express. You inspire me to press on to create new pictures with wild visions of colorful expression, as art is only limited by the imagination. Thank you

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Debbie, One perfect word...thank you so much.

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Last Monday a young lady was abducted here in Pereira, Colombia. The town is rallying to find her, and I'm praying that she will find an opportunity to escape...

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Debbie, I am so sorry. It feels like the world has gone mad. I will join you in saying a prayer for her safe return. Be careful.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Agree with the sentiment...we have little choice as to the circumstances we are born into, but we do have the choice to make the most of them. Again, great use of repetition, Amy. Wonderful.

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thank you Amy for praying for "Daniela". We pray that she is still alive and will be able to escape.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear midget, How exciting that I get your message sent all the way from Singapore! Thank you so much for your visit and magnificent comment.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Debbie, The news brings stories here, too, all too often of abductions. I am always touched by the generous spirits of those that join in the search, hold candlelight vigils, put up signs, even though the victim is unknown to them. Locally, in Missouri, a young boy disappeared while riding his bike on a rural road where he lived. Years later, when another younger boy was abducted in the same area, through observant neighbors and a community that refused to give up, both boys were discovered in an apt complex in St. Louis, where the first boy had been held hostage for several years. The molester is serving time in jail. The joy of the boy's families and the community, the whole world, was palpable. Even under the most unlikely possibilities, after years went by, love, hope, and faith prevailed. I am sending my prayers "Daniela's" way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." Tennyson

      Life is a struggle.....and in all truth, I would not have learned the lessons I have learned were it not for that struggle.

      I do know this: as long as there are those out there, like you, who bring beauty into the world through your words, there will always be hope. Where would we be without the arts to shine a light on this imperfect world?

      Simply beautiful imagery my friend!

      bill

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Thank you for these very powerful words. Despite unbelievable odds, we can succeed. Up beautiful and awesome.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Bill, Yes, it's the challenges that make us strong. Without them, most would live the life of a slug. I love the Tennyson quote.

      There are those that see the arts as superfluous fluff, but I see it as food for the soul, like you. Thank you, my friend, for a beautiful, meaningful message.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Pop, Yes, I see your spirit of determination and energy in every piece you write. You are living proof that despite all odds, we can and do succeed; that nothing is impossible. Thank you, Poppy, for the inspiration in your words. Love you.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Amy,

      you had me with that very first line.." skimming earth in symmetry..."

      Wow! and then " one more hostage in an imperfect world struggles just to be..." I love the words and the pictures that you paint Amy.

      This is surely how some of us feel everyday, being in this imperfect world. At least though we have you, and a perfect way in which you said it!!!!!

      Laurinzo

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Laurinzo, Thank you for "getting me" and what I try to express. I love that you highlight the phrases that caught your artistic eye. Your beautiful comment inspires me. I can see in your synopsis, that the truth is the way you roll, too.

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      Perspycacious 4 years ago

      Reading and appreciating your work.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh, I am touched. Thank you so much, Perspycacious.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Haven't we all been a "hostage" at one time or another in our lives? Whether by our own making or not. Life is tough at times and we are all seeking to be free. I love the Beatles song - "Long and Winding Road" How true that is about life and relationships. I have to agree with the others before me, it takes two or three readings of our poems to fully realize and understand them - they are so challenging! Keep up the great work, Amy.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yes, Suzette, we are all hostages in one form or another. Thank you for your insight. I am afraid I get transported when I write, off and into a whole different world. I like the idea of a challenge, but only to a degree. I do not want to become too obscure and end up babbling the kind of complexities that always drove me away from poetry! I want to maintain a balance so that there is enough mystery to make the read interesting yet relatable. I love your comments, Suzette. You are a thinker!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Yes, Amy the poems do need more than one reading to see the levels that all work so well. Up!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you, xstatic. I appreciate your words as you say "levels that all work so well". And "Up!" is always good! I'm up in the clouds now. Thank you for that, my friend.

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      BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

      Sometimes we learn the world has teeth and it can bite, sometimes very hard too. This poem says it all about life's struggles for many. Loved it very much!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      It's true, Bobbi, we all have our crosses. No one leaves this earth unscathed. Somehow, knowing we are all in this together sometimes acts as an example, an impetus that allows one the courage to get through, turn things around, and in the end make the world a better place.

      Thank you, Bobbi. I always appreciate your visits, and am grateful for words that always manage to encourage and inspire me.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What can i say that would tell you how much i enjoy your heartfelt poetry, You see heartfelt is used over and over, but this one really did touch my heart. You capture/ express so much in your poetic thoughts. I thought of caged animals, a bird, a child, an abused woman, so many possibilities. Need i tell you? I loved it...

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I, too, try to tell you, Ruby, how much I regard your sincerity and gentle, loving spirit. I understand, because I worry, that my responses might be taken as purely flattery, but they are not. Like you, I want to you to know that I make sure that I say what I mean and mean what I say. I consider you a dear friend, Ruby, and I value every word you leave here. I take everything to heart and I thank you. Love sent to you from St. Lou

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      This is such a thought-provoking poem, Amy. Sad, but also wonderful. We CAN be what we want to be, and yet not. We have to come to terms with reality.

      I love in particularly this verse :

      "Out of the blue, without a choice, into the unknown, born are we

      Innocent pastels color newborn visions, dreams mama's sweet pea

      Angelic face knows not malicious intent sleeps pure without a plea

      One more hostage in an imperfect world will struggle just to be."

      When I look at my beautiful grandchildren I wonder what disappointments await them. I know they will struggle, but I also know they will eventually beat all that is imperfect.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      It's true, Amy, we are imperfect people in an imperfect world. But one thing remains constant and perfect in that world. Your inventive, inspiring poetry. Trust me.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I look around today, I watch the news, and I don't know if it's just because I'm older now, but I remember how excited I was, Martie, when I found out I was expecting my daughter. I think about the world today, and, of course, life continues no matter how many die in Syria, no matter who is at war, no matter what...I think I saw, at a glance at the store, that beautiful Princess Kate is pregnant. At the same time, I saw the news saying that Prince Harry is now a marked target as he fulfills his duties as a helicopter pilot in the war zone. The resilience and courage of the human spirit was never more apparent to me as in the world today. It is remarkable. Yes, Martie, there is always hope. Thank you for your absolutely beautiful comment.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      One thing that is certain, dear drbj, is that I am eternally grateful that I was steered towards hubpages, because it's here that I met you. When I see that you've left a comment for me, I feel like a kid at Christmas time. Trust me. It's true, my friend.

      Thank you for making me feel as rich as if I'd won the lottery, drbj, because every visit from you makes me feel as if I have.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Your words and the emotions they bring will never leave anyone standing by a long and lonely road. Loved this and passing it on.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Gypsy, You are awesome, my friend. I love your positive attitude and upbeat demeanor. You made my day.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      A hostage in an imperfect world. That's pretty intense Amy. I definitely like this one the message it sends. Again, I must say, you're an awesome poet. Thanks for sharing this and hope you enjoy your Christmas!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you so much, Aubrey. You are awesome, my friend...remember that! Have a great Christmas and a safe, happy New Year.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Amy, your way with words is awe inspiring. You've said it beautifully here. Our journey on earth is a tough one. I loved this one.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you so much, Peg. It's funny, because I forget everything but the piece I am working on. I definitely gone into "the zone" when I write. It's fun or sometimes embarrassing to to come back and read a past write. I'm a bit hypercritical of what I do or don't do, Peg. I'm so glad you like this poem, my friend.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I'm with you on that zone thing. And the hypercritical as well. I sometimes want to just delete, delete, delete. You keep writing and I'm glad to see all your work is now showing. Yea! Love the Beatles' song. The perfect addition.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you for taking the time to let me know my past work wasn't showing up and helping me figure out how to make it right. I think we have a lot in common, Peg! Cyber sisters, so to speak...I'm glad we met.

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