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    Just getting ready for bed. Read your letter and...

    Just getting ready for bed. Read your letter and loved it but am too sleepy to give it the reply it deserves. You can always reach me at [email protected]
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    Thanks, Delta.

    Thanks, Delta.
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    Thanks Hawkman and Bar. Bar: "was" is the...

    Thanks Hawkman and Bar.
    Bar: "was" is the singular 1st person of "to be"
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    Here I am - or was

    I sat down
    outside in the sun. Billions
    of people passed by
    on this and other streets
    in other towns, by day
    and by night and some
    sat down, but none sat
    where I was sitting
    so long as I sat...
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    There's a bit of a logical dilemma at the...

    There's a bit of a logical dilemma at the beginning because "we" sees to refer to you and your lover, so the fact of the contagionshouldn't matter.
    But once againI'm swept along by the directness of...
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    I would prefer that everyone write their poems...

    I would prefer that everyone write their poems according to his or her understanding of what a poem is. No amount of following the rules is of itself going to produce a good or an interesting poem.
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    I admire your non-defensive responses to the...

    I admire your non-defensive responses to the criticisms.
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    I on the other hand find you guilty by reason of...

    I on the other hand find you guilty by reason of sanity! How come I don't recognize you? If you always comment as spontaneously as you did here, you'd have long ago become a favourote of mine.
    ...
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    Originally the sentence was going to be as long...

    Originally the sentence was going to be as long as one of yours, but the judge overruled that on the grounds that it would be "cruel and unusual punishment."
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    There's a rawness to many of these that greatly...

    There's a rawness to many of these that greatly appeals to me and the line about "letting our flavors dance like a virus in harmony" is the effing real McCoy! Even if we (or I) don't understand its...
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    I got a bit confused as to whether you were the...

    I got a bit confused as to whether you were the bird or were observing it, and I worried that your commitment to end-rhymes was going to get you into trouble, such as strained syntax or corny rhymes,...
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    The judging of poetry is not a democrtic process....

    The judging of poetry is not a democrtic process. If it were, it seems to me that your point of view would be in the majority. But there are two distinct ways of assessing the validity of anything...
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    Poem Takes the Fifth Amendment

    Prosecution: You identify yourself as a poem
    and yet you offer no rhyme scheme,
    no metaphors or figurative language?

    Poem: On the advice of counsel,
    I decline to answer,
    lest I incriminate...
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    Bear in mind that all the onlookers save one saw...

    Bear in mind that all the onlookers save one saw the emperor in his fine new clothes. The one exception was a child who saw that he was naked - but they ALL saw the emperor!
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    You take that back, you Son of a Brit!

    You take that back, you Son of a Brit!
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    Speaking only for myself, I hereby vow to take...

    Speaking only for myself, I hereby vow to take the opposite position of however Hillwalker responds to your next poem.
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    Melanie

    You may be a "newbie." and I disagree with a couple of things you wrote, but at least you have opinions that are the product of thought rather than favuritism or animos. Welcome to the site.

    I...
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    Apropos your earlier "An excellent example of...

    Apropos your earlier "An excellent example of self-indulgence," perhaps "snide or sneering" weren't the right words; "patronizing" or "sarcastic" might have been better.
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    Hillwalker

    Although I was bothered by your use of ironic quotes in discussing my post, it was not that that I was objectin to but one that preceded it.

    Sorry, Jerry
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    Any of us who have exposed our poems (or as you...

    Any of us who have exposed our poems (or as you seem to prefer, 'poems') to public scrutiny have experienced how widely disparate the readings can be, and to what extent these readings may be...
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    Surely all poetry is "self undulgence" to some...

    Surely all poetry is "self undulgence" to some extent. I, for one, am grateful that not all comments are snide or sneering.
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    To be quite truthful, it meant something to me...

    To be quite truthful, it meant something to me when I wrote it, but I can well see how it might have flustered some. If I were to try to explain it, the best I could do was to say that to every...
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    I salute your continuing felicity, your distaste...

    I salute your continuing felicity, your distaste for grandiosity
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    Atheology

    Atheology

    For some of us
    God is the quarrel
    we have with true believers,
    each of us firm and serene
    in his or her belief
    or disbelief.
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    The line should read "dissolve and BE ABSORBED"...

    The line should read "dissolve and BE ABSORBED" Apart from which it's a magnificent poem; it could easily have become maudlin or lugubrious but there's a dignity to it that offsets that possibility.
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