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The Journey Carries On

Updated on August 6, 2012

Beyond consciousness, life comes to be

Otherworldly complicity sets sail to sea

Where logic defies any reason to agree

The journey begins with no guarantee

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Without permission the map draws free

While destiny's hands hold the master key

Blindsided by fog the lines are hard to see

The journey carries on with no guarantee

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Released at the shore side too far to foresee

The navigator's proclivity tested by degree

Respite in a prayer from storms to flee

The journey carries on with no guarantee

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Duplicity's tag on the gift given to thee

A package that unwrapping renders debris

No apologies made for denying a plea

The journey carries on with no guarantee

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Be it a bird, a man or the life of a tree

Naked each is born with all that is we

In the end, all I take to eternity with me

The journey carries on with no guarantee

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you so much, xstatic. I read sligobay and Curiad's portion of that series. I'll go back and read the whole series. I appreciate you bringing that to my attention. I meant to revisit and got waylaid. Great suggestion and I appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

      Thank you!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Amy, I asked that question about predestination or randomness in Chapter 6 of the Journey, a look at aging Hub. There were 16 Hub authors working on questions we each submitted, so each of asked a question relative to thie Journey of Life and each was answered by 15 pretty good Hubbers. You might want to look at a couple.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Ruby, I felt the same about Pink Floyd before I started writing poetry. Now, I see so much depth, not only in the distinctive, stylized sound, but in the richness of the words. When I write a piece, I often have difficulty selecting the music to fit my writing. I think of the tone of my poem and think of a musical artist that leans the same way. Before I composed poetry, I had only a vague idea of Pink Floyd lyrics. Now, when I listen to their music, I am blown away by the meaning that I, literally, stumble upon. It leaves me with goosebumps! Thank you so much, Ruby, and bless you, too, my sweet friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      First let me say that i really never cared for Pink Floyd's music, but i was mesmerized with the lighting and his words, fits this piece beautifully. We are all on a journey. We're never sure and there's no guarantee, but we can make the journey with hope and at the end of our journey we can say that we tried to do our very best, sometimes falling flat on our face, other times soaring with happiness at what we achieved. Your poetry gets more enduring as you grow. Bless you my friend. I was inspired..Thank you Amy..Cheers

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Gypsy, You got it on the mark, my friend. Thank you for your uplifting words and generosity of spirit.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Love your creativity Amy. So true we come into this world with nothing and leave the same way. Just richer for the life we led. Passing this on.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Me thinks you ponder the universe on a daily basis, Poppy! I see how much you care and your passion for the world in your writing. Thank you, as always, for your meaningful, motivating words, my friend.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Your poetry is amazing and this piecehas me pondering the universe. I need to do that from time to time. Up and awesome and beautiful a million times over.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Debbie, thank you so much. I appreciate how generous you are. Blessings to you, my friend.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Amy this is absolutley beautiful. what a wonderful poet you are.. blessings and sharing

      Debbie

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yes, that's exactly how I feel, Wayne. Once in awhile, though, I'll use a quote that feels so right by me, and down the line, feel like such a moron for never realizing the origins of something so beautiful.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'm glad you like this, Mark. Hugs from Missouri. My bro lives in Davis, Cali, and works as a PhD prof in microbiology at UC, Davis. He loves Davis and often asks why anyone would choose to live in Missouri. I can see why he'd asked that!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      Count me in there with you Amy....other than a bit of exposure to Poe and the like in school....I really have not gone there. In some ways, I think it benefits me that I have no styling model that is creating barriers in my brain...I am open to my own thoughts and methods and that is not all bad. WB

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      This is just beautiful Amy, the winds of destiny pushing us along with our tiny efforts to redirect the tiller along the way.

      Hugs from California

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Wayne, Thank you sincerely for your comment. I'll have to check out the two pieces you refer to here. For a writer, I am woefully remiss in having read the best in famous poetry. I look at that lately as an advantage, because I know my ideas are novel...to me anyway. Realistically, I understand that there aren't "new" ideas, just distinctive ways of saying them. Viva la difference!

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you kindly, Will. I always appreciate your visits, even if you do accidentally hit the "down" button!!! I wonder about having anything other than the "up" button. I assume the down version is to send a message or "flag", if you will, that something is substandard, offensive or an assault to the senses. Depending on the nature of the assault, that could be an "up"! LOL Thank you for your support, Will.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Jo, if I had something to invest other than what I write, I would be in a position to join, but I have nothing. I am destitute at this point other than my writing ability. Since that is what I have to give the world, I keep writing. For now, it is enough, because it has to be. I love your generous heart. Shalom, my friend.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      Kind of a different take on "The Road Goes On Forever And The Party Never Ends" sort of thing. Lots of truths embedded here and very well phrased. Thanks, Amy. WB

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      xstatic, I've come to believe that the randomness of the universe is part of the plan. I believe everything that happens has a purpose. My best laid plans were cast aside as they were destined. Doesn't mean I'll ever give up, but my priorities have changed, as they must. One of the biggest questions I have is the validity of "free will." The closest I can get to an answer is in my thinking that, although our destiny is pre-determined before we are born, free will publically calculates the measure of a man, so to speak. As a society, we are bound to manmade laws. Just as money, which is after all only paper, determines what we earn and what we can own but not who we are at core, the choices we are free to make are probably determined as our destiny, like a postscript that highlights who we are and were we stand, for good or bad. Free will, however, still remains a puzzling mystery to me. I have to accept that.

      Thank you, xstatic, for always making me think.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I think I need to start reading more of the writing masters as I adore the Tennyson quote you left here, Bill. In some ways, though, I feel better off for not, as I don't want influences from the greats to inhibit my writing. Your comment is gorgeous, rich and right on the mark I relate to. Thank you, Bill, for your support and the love you send. I am returning it from St. Louis, MO

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Ugh! I accidentally hit the thumbs down button, so I hit the thumbs up button three times!

      I hate that thumbs down button, anyway. Why not just have a thumbs up and you either use it or not?

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Good stuff as always, Amy!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      Amy!

      I can guarantee you this! Please come join me and you will see. Your prayers have been answered because your faith has pleased the one you believe in. :) Voted this up and shared! :)

      Shalom

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Excellent! There certainly are no guarantees in life and random, crazy things can happen any time. That last verse is right on point.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll go first on this one; I don't need to think too long this time. First, the choice of music...excellent!

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

      That is my quest and no, there are no guarantees. I know what I want my life to look like and it has nothing to do with possessions or fame. I control who I am and who I will be; no outside force has any influence over that at all. I can take a hit but it will not crush me. I can take disappointment but it will not deter me on the journey.

      In fact, Amy, I can choose to be randomly tossed around by outside factors, or I can choose to set my own sail and travel in a new direction where seas are calmer.

      Whatever I choose, I will not yield....nor will you.

      Beautiful work my dear.

      love from Washington,

      bill