Sunday, August 19, 2012

Reappearing Act

Manhattan Magic by Ali Cockrean

Reappearing Act

Ladies and Gentlemen,
children of all ages!

Gaze your eyes now upon
the wild fury and familiar passion
of your adolescence,
                       Reborn.

When Manhattan was a playground
babysat by angels and beasts,
two spring chickens wrestled
in the sandbox of those streets--

Soon destined for peculiar
and gypsy-ridden shores.

One set sail
and then the other.
Two ships never passing in the night.

And the seas were unforgiving
And memories and longing became replaced
by survival and focus
and the terror of intentional grace.

And they died,
in their ways.
Hearts beating danceless patterns to flatlined spirits.

The demons dug them graves
on opposite sides of the world
and they nearly stepped quietly in.

Then, Ladies and Gentlemen,
then, if you can believe...
The winds of change (blown in by the gods)
resurrected these innocent thieves,
who, sailing again, have collided in daylight
in a mess of a wreck wrought with breathless delight.

One had not forgotten.
The other, nearly not.
But a wreck is a wreck,
and there's no time for small talk.
        -BJL

26 comments:

  1. I really love your blog! I'm a huge OTH fan, but also a fan of yours independent of the show. Good Luck with all your future projects, and God Bless.

    http://rachel-reid.blogspot.com

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  2. That was just beautiful...you're such an incredible writer. I would love to see the world through your eyes and glimpse into your mind someday, you have such beautiful thoughts and words swimming in there, you are truly so talented.

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  3. OKAY THIS IS LIKE MY FAVORITE ONE BY FAR!!!
    I LOVE ENGLISH AND I LOVE YOUR POETRY!!
    IF WE EVER HAVE TO BRING IN A EXAMPLE , I'LL DEFINITELY,
    BE BRINGING ONE OF YOURS!

    INSPIRED :')))))
    MUCH LOVE JOY!!
    @ThisIsYasmin

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  4. This is beautiful!! I can't wait to see you in NYC on nov 3rd <3
    Xoxo Amanda koenig

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  5. I just want you to know that God has laid you on my heart and I am praying for you on a weekly basis. Praying for wisdom to know how to balance your time and energy. Praying for patience and joy as you raise your daughter. Praying that the Lord will encourage you and grow you as you spend time in communion with Him and in reading His word. To be honest, I haven't really followed your life and success but I feel called to intercede on your behalf. So be encouraged today, He has richly blessed you.

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  6. I just want you to know that God has laid you on my heart and I am praying for you on a weekly basis. Praying for wisdom to know how to balance your time and energy. Praying for patience and joy as you raise your daughter. Praying that the Lord will encourage you and grow you as you spend time in communion with Him and in reading His word. To be honest, I haven't really followed your life and success but I feel called to intercede on your behalf. So be encouraged today, He has richly blessed you.

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    1. Dear brother/sister, just know that you're not alone in this, I also can see God working in her life, I am also praying for her this week, because God placed this into my heart! Stay Strong in Faith!

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  7. Ooh! Joy! This is my favourite of your poetry so far! Loved it :)

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  8. I don't know if you would consider it but it would be awesome to hear you recite some of your poetry. They really are beautiful pieces on the page and I can imagine them being just as beautiful spoken as well :)

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  9. I love the lines, And they died, in their ways. It's so spare and clean and evocative of those 'deaths' we go through as life and change occur. Lovely.

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  11. Thank you for sharing this. It's absolutely beautiful.

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  12. I have been a fan of urs for a very long time and u r actually my inspiration. you gave me hope to be who I am and be a singer because its cool and people do make good music! Thank you so very much
    much live

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  13. what a nice poetry, what a nice painting! like the whole your post - parts of it supplement each other very well

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  14. You always have a way of making our waiting for a new post so worth it!Thank you for sharing another wonderful poem with us!And BTW AWESOME new blog header! xoxo

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  15. marte-danielsen@hotmail.com - Marte from Norway :)August 24, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    It was beautiful to read, thanks for sharing with us Joy:)I am so inspired by you, and I am a big fan! Love you, love from Norway:)

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  16. i made a poem for you !! :)

    Bethany is really a beauty
    With her smile she's my sunshine
    Fabulous actress she always will be
    An amazing person like her i want to be
    Her voices cheers me up
    I will not give her up
    No matter what will happen . I'm a fan
    and this is forever

    HOPE you'll see this one day
    my twitter @_loveforshantel xoxoo

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  17. Amazing, as always! :) Love to read your poetry! Also,when are the next chapters of diamond gothic coming out!? I can't wait! Love and best wishes from India, Suzanne

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  18. hey bethany
    first i would like to say, im a big fan of one tree hill.
    i love series and i also write a lot.
    im writing what i hope cut be a teenage drama serie, and i think its good
    no one hasnt really read it yet, but i`ll hope you would :-)

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  19. hey bethany
    i really love your blog, and im a huge OTH fan.
    i been writing for many years now, and right now im writing what i hoped would be a teenage drama serie, no one hasnt really read it yet, but i hoped you would. :-)

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  20. Okay, so I know you usually don’t talk about politics much (and thank God for that, because I can’t stand when celebrities push their political views down everyone’s throats), but I’d really like to know what you think about some of the things the Republican party and Romney and Paul Ryan have said lately. I remember that time when we all had a political debate on your Facebook account and I loved it. We could probably do the same, but here on your blog? I don’t know, it’s just a suggestion.
    Anyway, I’m a registered Republican, but I’m strongly thinking about re-registering as an Independent lately. The Republican party and its leaders have gone crazy. We have Romney who is a bipolar and is only seeking power, no matter how much his views and beliefs change over the years, letting the circumstances define his political views (www.whichmitt.com), but his VP also comes out to public to say that rape is a “method of conception”. What the hell? Is this some sick joke? How can any woman out there in this world support these people?
    Anyway, I was watching the Republican National Convention last week and the only things I truly appreciated were the Anne Romney and McCain’s speeches. They did a great job. Mitch Romney and Paul Ryan were, and I’m sorry, full of crap. Utter BS.
    I’m really interested to hear the Democratic National Convention this week and to hear the Democratic speakers.
    I’m a registered Republican, but I haven’t always voted for the Republican party. I’m having serious issues with the party for a long time. I think they’re getting less and less tolerant of young Republicans and some of the things they’ve been supporting lately… make me sick to my stomach. I’m a woman who loathes the whole concept of the 1950s, that women should stay at home and be housewives while men go to work. How can any woman in the 21st century support this idea?? I consider myself as someone who respects other people’s beliefs and opinions but whenever we’re dealing with women’s freedom and rights, I rage. I cannot understand and/or accept how there are women out there who want to be submissive to men once again. How are there women who can vote in people who say ridiculous things like “rape = method of conception”?? How are there women who vote in people who believe that, in equal professional positions, women should earn less than men, just because they don’t have a penis?? How can I vote for people who, by the things they’ve said, are clearly oblivious to women and human’s rights and dignity? Are these the type of people who’ll rule our country?
    Now I don’t like Obama. I’ve agreed with some of the things he has done, because I’ve always been socially liberal and I also have liberal views on some foreign policies. But the damage Obama has caused is a lot bigger than the good he has done, IMO. I do not support Obamacare nor do I agree with the way he’s tried to implement the whole thing. There are too many holes, too many flaws and too many things that aren’t explained.
    Long story short… I’m re-registering as an Independent, because I think all our politicians, of all parties, are rotten. They’re bastards who only think about their own well-being and couldn’t care less about the country and/or its population. As long as they get have their millions in their pockets at the end of the week, all’s fine.
    Anyway, this is a general rant. I’d just like to know what you think about all of this election thing, regardless of who you support.

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  21. You know that feeling: "will she reads this or not?" So, I don't know if you gonna read this, but this is not a reason to not write, right? Well, I can't lie, I am your fan, truth be told, I am fan of your work, you are a really great artist. But more than that you are really special to God, you know right? You know that the things in your life, good and bads, are not just fate, this is part of who you are, part of God wants to you be. So Bethany, people call you Joy because they can see God's joy in your life, they can see more than an artist, they can see a strong woman, a great mother and specially a chosen of God, I don't know about others, but I can see that above all. God choose you, just ask Him today "Dear God, what do you want from me? I am here!" Let go and let God lead your way.

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  22. Very beautiful poem, Joy! Loved it, you do such great work! I LOVE you, and I hope to meet you someday. I think you're the most amazing woman, singer, actress, mother, and friend to many people. You totally inspire me. :)
    Best wishes in all your endeavors,
    Maria <3

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