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A philatelic pandect

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Below is the poem entitled A philatelic pandect which was written by poet Rachel Fawcett. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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A philatelic pandect

A is for an album to hold my stamp hoard,
B is for back of book where my “specials” are stored.

C is for the cancellation that causes such strife,
D is for definitives with their unlimited life.

E is for excitement, the thrill of the find,
F is for fiscal and its financial bind.

G is for the gum that sticks them in the post,
H is for the hinges displaying those I love most.

I is for imperforates, those joined with no holes,
J is for a Johfra box to soak off without bowls.

K is for a killer mark that destroys a stamp’s worth
L is for local stamps with a limited dearth.

M is for the magnifying glass used for searching out flaws
N is for the newspaper stamps that brought headlines to our doors.

O is for “officials” with a government cachet
P is for postage due when the sender fails to pay. 

Q is for the Queen’s head on all British stamps
R is for retouches and forgers re vamps.

S is for a stockbook for stamps that are spare
T is for tweezers to handle them with care.

U is for unused, a stamp postally mint,
V is for variety, it has a fault in its print.

W is for watermark to prove authenticity
X is for xanthic spots, rust, that strikes without pity.

Y is for youngsters and encouraging their dream
Z is for Zemstvo a rare Russian theme.

To see a stamp thrown in the bin, now that is such a crime,
I’ll revere it in my collection making it sublime.

Written 1st March 2013 by Rachel Fawcett. I am a Trained Nurse by day and spend my time off collecting stamps and trying to write poetry.  I haven’t been publicly writing very long and this is only the second poetry competition I've ever entered.  I love writing as it stretches my imagination and I enjoy the challenge it brings.  I love collecting stamps as they bring order to my mind. 

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 7:13:00 AM
    I haven't written one of these in years. Congrats on an awesome win.

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 1:00:00 AM
    You had some really stiff competition in this contest, so this is a real honor for your poem to get first place in this contest. It is a worthy poem and my hats off to you! Congratulations!

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 7:19:00 PM
    Rachel, Congratulations with your awesome poem in one of the best contest I've seen this year. It has been an honor in viewing all of Cyndi's ABC Couplet winners. I would have never pulled off this form or idea.... * xox-PD

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 4:05:00 PM
    Congrats on your win with this unique ABC poem..Sara

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 5:22:00 PM
    Rachel, wonderful poem on stamp collecting alphabet soup, congratulations on your win!

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 4:18:00 PM
    Congrats on your big win Rachel. Well deserved. You taught us all quite a bit. Thanks. :)

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 3:30:00 PM
    Awesome and wonderful piece,Rachel..Great write....Congrats on your super win...Kudos to you,pal....

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 11:51:00 AM
    Well Done Rachel!! Big Congrats on your awesome win!! Deb

    Fawcett Avatar Rachel Fawcett
    Date: 4/17/2013 1:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, I'm really thrilled.
  1. Date: 4/17/2013 9:13:00 AM
    congratulations on this excellent poem! i learned a lot from it and like the rhymes you've used...

    Fawcett Avatar Rachel Fawcett
    Date: 4/17/2013 11:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you I'm so glad you liked it, I feel really excited to have won.
  1. Date: 4/17/2013 3:10:00 AM
    Congrats on this top win!! Jag

    Fawcett Avatar Rachel Fawcett
    Date: 4/17/2013 11:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you
  1. Date: 4/16/2013 10:54:00 PM
    Congratulations on winning first place in my contest. Please see my winners blog for highlights on the winning poems. Also, please soup mail me your address so that I can send you the prize, M is for Maple, a Canadian Alphabet. I so enjoyed your take on the contest and the manner in which you tackled this challenge. So well done. Warmest regards, Cyndi -- PS, I see you are newer to soup. Welcome!

    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan
    Date: 5/23/2013 5:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh, wait! You got the book??? Please click on my name, choose a poem, leave a comment there... They said 5-6 weeks! Great, if you have received it!!!
    Fawcett Avatar Rachel Fawcett
    Date: 5/3/2013 11:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for sending my book. I'm enjoying learning all about Canada. I'll always treasure it. Rachel x
    Fawcett Avatar Rachel Fawcett
    Date: 4/17/2013 11:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi, Wow! that's awesome thank you so much for judging me the winner, you've made my day. My address is: 19 Jubilee Close Kirton, Boston, Lincolnshire' PE20 1XB. UK.
  1. Date: 4/16/2013 10:40:00 PM
    This is super cool. Many congrats for this win.

    Fawcett Avatar Rachel Fawcett
    Date: 4/17/2013 11:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, I'm thrilled to be the winner.
  1. Date: 3/1/2013 5:01:00 PM
    I love it, and the alphabetic style was a great touch. Best of luck to you!