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Waiting on the Light

Updated on August 28, 2012

A vintage photograph found me across the miles out of thin air

Spent some time getting a feel for the family perched two pair

It's fear that holds my brushes still and shames my paints bare

Waiting on the light I wish on a star to catch the love they share

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Black and white and shades of gray connect the dots foursquare

Unguarded, natural, guileless hues color the moods stare

An ordinary day caught in the beauty of unabashed care

Waiting on the light I wish on a star to paint the love they share

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The canvas waits, goading me, to bring life to white, on a dare

Slowly trust begins to build the bond they simply wear

Though once unknown, I feel connected by the brushes hair

Waiting on the light I wish on a star to paint the love they share

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Like the devotion that a parent brings to each child they bear

An artist's hands create still life through heart of a painted prayer

In the darkness, I, too, wake to find them, silent, sleeping there

Waiting on the light I wish on a star to catch the love they share

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Words painted by a creative artist in word and paints.Nice work,Amy.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you, kindly, whonunuwho!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Beautiful images and language! Up!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you, xstatic. Your words touch me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Amy, as is my habit of late, I wanted to wait and give this its just due....and it certainly deserves that.

      This is lyrical; there should be music accompanying it, it is that beautiful.

      It seems to me that this could be about a whole lot more than painting. How many of us are waiting, or have waited, for the light, so that we could paint on the canvas of our lives the brilliant picture that has awaited our actions?

      random thoughts from a simple man

      love all that is you,

      bill

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Amy,

      I find it fairly easy to write verse,

      Sometimes it's okay, sometimes it is worse.

      But I cannot write poetry and get it right

      Like you do, my dear, while waiting for the light.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Bill, One thing I know, from your writing and your comment here, there is nothing simple about you. You've written a brilliant take on this piece. I'm just glad you like it, my friend. Thank you for your sincerity and, always, your kindness. Love from St. Louis

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dearest drbj, You always manage to inspire me to want to be better. I've got you on a pedestal. You are my mentor and I am always so happy to see you here. Thank you for being a friend to me.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Amy, this is beautful! Yes, we all wait for the light at one time or another. You paint with words as well as you paint on canvas. I'm the same way, I can't create until I feel the light or "see" the light. Thanks for sharing your words and thoughts with us!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Awwww, Suzette, thank you so much for your affirming words. You make me feel on top of the world. I feel incredibly lucky to have met you. Thank you for making my world look so much brighter and feel so much warmer.

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      myownlife 4 years ago from london

      It is very true,

      well delivered an entertaining.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you, myownlife, for reading and leaving me a beautiful comment.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I wrote this, Mr. Archer, as I was sent a photo from a lovely hub couple that saw and liked my artwork from two of my poetry pieces here in hubland. It is a beautiful, nostalgic black and white photo of a dad and his three young sons. I have about half of the painting done and its beautiful. But, I want so badly, with all of my being, to capture the love and devotion that the photo holds, I am almost afraid to pick up my brush. That is the inspiration for this poem. Thank you for reading it and leaving a few perfect words that put me up in the clouds.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      If you have half the talent with a brush that you exhibit with words, you need have no fear.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you for your kindness and confidence inspiring words, Mr. Archer!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Amy voted up and beautiful. An artist paints on a canvas but you paint with your words. Passing this on.

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      The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Pick up the brush and do what you do best Amy :)

      TFP

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Ah, the family perched two pair. I thought it was two generations of husband and wife since I have a 1900s photograph with that combination. An artist's rendering of a father and three sons, of course! Capturing the family's love and feeling connected by the brush. Oh it makes so much sense and is unspeakably beautiful. All the good words have been used so I'll borrow them: wonderfully lyrical, "the canvas of our lives". Awesome. An artist and a poet. Wow.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Gypsy, thank you so much. I paint with brushes on canvas, too. This piece was inspired by a photo sent to me by friends for me to paint. The subjects are so beautiful, a father and his three sons, that I am afraid I will fall short of capturing the love light on their faces and their body language.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      On a more practical side, Frog Prince, I feel asleep one night and the paint dried on my beautiful real hair brush and ruined it! That gave me an excuse to "stall" until I replace the brush. I'm procrastinating out of fear that my efforts just won't live up to the beauty I see in that photo. To be honest, though, I love what I've captured so far. That happens to me as I get to a certain point in a painting. I'll love it and be afraid I'm going to screw it up. Kind of like writer's block....truth is, though, I always finish. You only fail if you don't try.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Peg, You just made me so happy! In reading your comment, I am so glad that I explained the inspiration that drove me to write this piece. Ordinarily, I leave the interpretation up to the reader, but once in awhile, especially if it is a specific event that isn't black and white in the poetry, I like to 'splain myself. I was thinking about the vintage black and white photos in your series, and I got to thinking about my painting in progress, and well...here it is. Thank you so much, Peg, for reading this and leaving me such a breathtaking comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful Amy, Wow to be able to write breath-taking poetry and paint too. What a gift you've been given. I loved it and the song, ' Dance with my Father again' by Vandross is the icing on the cake. I know the picture will be lovely when finished. Thank you again my friend..

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      You are a gift that keeps on giving, poetry that keeps flowing. You say procrastination but a true artist always knows when the light is just right. Your light, atleast from where I'm standing, is always on, dear Amy, always on. awesome!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Ruby, The painting is beautiful so far. Each milestone, each patch of light, each shadow, each nuance that I paint makes me afraid to apply the next stroke for fear it will be the one that ruins it. I do this to myself with every painting. Then, when the time is right, I pick up the brushes and paints and work some more. Once I start again, I'm up until 3 or 4 in the morning, having lost all track of time. Oils are forgiving. They take awhile to dry. I had a devil of a time with one of the dad's hands. I redid it a number of times. It is art now. I know when it's right. My ex use to always tell me it's important to know when to "stop" painting...to decide when it is finished. He's right about that. But, it's one of the hardest decisions in painting...knowing when it is done. Thank you, Ruby, and when I do finish this painting, I will post it so you can see it. I will be anxious to see what you think, my friend.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'm so glad to see you here, Docmo. I know how busy you are, and honestly, I am honored when you visit. I adore your "Sepia" series and that title of yours made me think about my painting, too. Isn't it amazing how a word, a sight or a thought can spin the neurons off into artistic endeavors? It doesn't have to be a monumental occurrence, but just a simple word. I think there aren't enough hours in a lifetime to do justice to every inspiration.

      You are right about knowing when the light is right, Docmo. All in good time. I have to be in the right frame of mind to do anything well. I've learned through experience not to try to force art. It then becomes frustrating and nothing good comes of that. I never want lose my love for painting or writing. I would if I felt pressured and as a consequence, discouraged by the results. There would be no point then. Thank you, Mohan, for making me feel that what I do merits an "awesome" from you. You make me happy to be here. Hugs to you from me

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh goodie Amy. Iv'e been dying to see your paintings..Thank you Dear one..

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey, Ruby, I have two of my paintings posted with poems I wrote for each called "Don't Like Goodbye" and "Tell Me Your Secrets". I posted them awhile back here in hubland. Just thought I'd let you know in case you wanted an idea of how I paint. Thank you, Ruby Tuesday, for your interest. You are adorable, my dear friend.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Your beautiful prose, makes me the reader, create a vision in my mind through your words. Like looking at painting on a canvas, the image of what you are saying keeps me thinking about what you have said, long after I have read your hub. Appreciating your talent in many ways.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear toknowinfo, Your breathtaking words give meaning to my purpose. I'm sending you my sincerest thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I think you have picked up the brush my dear! And we are all grateful!

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Beautiful words written here Amy..thank you for sharing your gift. You bless all of us in a special way.

      Sunnie

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Audrey, Coming from a poet of your magnitude, I am honored by your words. Thank you

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Sunnie, Thank you for your sweet, encouraging words, my friend.

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      Xalfad 4 years ago

      Wow! It flows beautifully. How amazing :)

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Xalfad, I'm glad you like this piece. Thank you for your kind words.

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