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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.


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Blog Posted:8/15/2013 2:47:00 PM
You know folks I have been a premium member here since 2008, I believe I was on  the site even before that. I cam here to write, to learn and to be able to help  and assist others. Lately I have been feeling like folks simply don't care?  Anyway, blah blah me. I'm trying again to help you with my contest. The last  blog was on Japanese and Korean history, today I will tell you what's happening  NOW [just a few little things LOL]


Today  in Japan marks the End of WWII and it is called The Day of the Dove




People release doves as a symbol of peace at Yasukuni Shrine Thursday on the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World


What a wonderful idea, what a wonderful culture

which has given so much to the literary world

South Korean Pop Star Psy

just trying to make the world a happier place!

Now North Korea is another kettle of fish [nod]

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects the Arirang smartphone.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects the Arirang smartphone. Photo:  KCNA/AFP

North Korea, one of the most isolated and censored societies on the planet,  has unveiled what it says is a domestically-produced smartphone.


So IF you want to write your dodoitsu's sijo's and sedokas about a serious topic focus on North Korea or the nuclear waste clean up in Japan.

Anyway [can get rid of the underline grrr] whatcha got to say?





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  1. Date: 8/17/2013 10:24:00 AM
    I just tried finding info on day of the dove but there are not enough details for making a poem about it. I like an aspect of Japense culture you might not care so much about. But I am going to explore it because it is appealing to me. Hopefully I can come up with something about it.

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  1. Date: 8/16/2013 2:54:00 PM
    Thanks Charma! I wish you'd write us some verse on the joys of mothering!! I miss babies so!

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    Chircop  Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 8/17/2013 1:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes..i should write a bit more about my baby's giggles and babbles..cradles and huggies...She is a bunch of joy: ).Her first toothies showing..Last nightshe couldn t sleep with pain..I guess its a welcome to the real word.She s a very jolly active baby..so we re doing all we could to kiss her pain away.She s doing her first five footsteps..and its fun watching her doing it.She walks like a guy aftet drinking three bottles of wine andd i love each bit of it.Yep so much about morherhood .Hope i got you some nice memories of your boys ' )
  1. Date: 8/16/2013 2:51:00 PM
    Dear Deborah you know i dnt participate in contests but im always interested in what you have to say.You are a great inspirer..but mostly a friend.You helped me a lot in the past re haiku and its tnks to your push that I ve sent my haiku to the germ magazine and is being published at Fall.I remember you were one of the first to comment on my scribbles when all my poems had no 'form" and where all 'i do not know posts'.5yrs on and amstill learning..from many here and I do learn from you too..So hey I care ma..big hug

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  1. Date: 8/16/2013 11:46:00 AM
    I hear you Andie, I always give a lot of leeway, I was very surprised folks did not get the underlying stories in Alice, Dorothy, and Pinnocio all used the archetype of the lost child. Another thing folks could have written about was the difference between reality and fantasy? Or where do lies really get you? OR where is home? I thought I was pretty clear I didn't want a retelling of the story minus the names? BUT I guess not :( and I very seldom ask for rewrite or polish any more IF I don't know the person is capable of so much more.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/17/2013 8:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Debs, I have written on all those topics you just mentioned so I didn't want to think up another way to say the "same o same o". the wooden boy was "fresh" for me and I thank you for the picture to inspire my poem. I had considered using an old poem in your contest, one that would have been the type you wanted but I think you had asked for a new one. After spending 3 hours on my rondeau for you, never took your advice. Hope you get me. I like your current theme and hope to try it!
  1. Date: 8/16/2013 11:01:00 AM
    (had to continue in a new box) I respect your right to want me to take things further, but at the same time, I felt I had accomplished what you had said in your rules, with my kind of a "letter of the law" type of mentality. We are all so different here at the Soup. What is acceptable or enjoyable for some of us, is not the same for others, and vice versa. I have learned to roll with the punches here and adapt to the way things are. I have had disappointments and I am sure my contests have disappointed many people when they did not "get" what I wanted from them. All we can do is just do our best and be who we are. Keep up your lovely contests and blogs, Debs. Luv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 8/16/2013 10:56:00 AM
    Debs, Thanks for the blogs. I like the idea of this holiday of doves. Regarding your contests, I think that you have different expectations for your contests sometimes than what I or others might perceive, and it disappoints you when they are not met. For example, my puppet poem. I did not say it was a puppet or mention Pinocchio's name in it, so I thought I had fulfilled the contest requirements ok. You told me to go further with it but in my mind, the poem was complete and I did not want to start all over and do a new one for you. It was not the kind of thing enjoyable for me, to take something to a new level the way you would have liked.

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  1. Date: 8/16/2013 8:53:00 AM
    Dear Deb........you have been such a help and inspiration to me, and you have had such patience with my many attempts to learn and improve. I hope you know how grateful so many of us are. I may be one who is guilty of not offering more support, with time constraints, I haven't been here as much as I would like to be, but I owe my gratitude to you and many wonderful soupers who have supported and encouraged me. Please don't give up on us.....or think we don't care. I, for one, hope to find more time as summer winds down. And I'll continue to learn from you, if you will continue to share your wealth. :)

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  1. Date: 8/16/2013 6:43:00 AM
    Eileen all of my heart & prayers go out to friends in Egypt. I was in Cairo 2 weeks before Arab Spring uprising, I sang Amazing Grace at the top of a minaret in Tulan mosque one of the most spiritual places I have ever been in the world! Egypt was and hopefully still is a place where religious freedom is the GOAL. I know Coptic Christian Churches & their people are getting discriminated against and killed, it’s so awful, yet people don't live up to the ideals of government & government doesn't live up to the ideals of the people. All we can do is continue to try! The God of Abraham runs through Christianity Judaism & Islam we are all one people, fighting siblings.

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  1. Date: 8/16/2013 6:10:00 AM
    Syd seeing you are a real teacher unlike me ;) I so appreciate your encouragement, to make a better world we have to share our individual knowledge. and anytime a person LOVE's something they have knowledge of it to share! YOU share with everyone too, we all are glad YOu are back on soup!

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  1. Date: 8/16/2013 6:09:00 AM
    Thank you Yassie, me too would love to fly there and be with you! I'd love to have you and the girls here with me! grrrr we will have to settle for letters! [sigh]

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  1. Date: 8/16/2013 1:52:00 AM
    DEBBIE!!!! I'm so so sorry you feel this way! :( Debbie, you are a veteran...you are in the KNOW about poetry, rules, and everything that makes poetry what it should be. I appreciate you and your thoughts, your knowledge. I guess maybe sometimes I'm afraid to take the challenge from someone like you for those very reasons! ;) Does that make sense? Like what Craig said...you folks DO what you feel is right to challenge us, and in time..with experience...we'll bite! ;) Lovely blog. Thanks! The world is full of happiness and sadness. Look at Egypt, Debbie. My husband's family are living in fear. One of our churches was torched. :( Then, a car bomb went off here yesterday. We need peace! Love U!

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  1. Date: 8/16/2013 1:22:00 AM
    world is filled with philistines and few people really seem care about anything deeper than cornflake box recipes.......can't win 'em all Debs.............said it before and its worth saying again....you have been a real inspiration to me and my mumbled doggerel on this site Debs (and I know there are many others who share similar feelings)..........I was completely lost at first but you helped me figure a lot of important poetry stuff out........so again thanks a million....and do please keep on teaching ......Syd

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  1. Date: 8/15/2013 6:04:00 PM
    Becca and Craig if only my world was full of friends closer to me in time and space than you too! I am always amazed when I KNOW there are poets in reach and they don't wish to meet? We need to stop being so afraid of each other & meet! I wish we could have a convention!

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  1. Date: 8/15/2013 6:02:00 PM
    Thanks Carol, I hear your voice on occasion like a cry in the wilderness [hmm did I spell it correctly? hmm] but dern we are on a poetry site, a writing site lets at least on occasion speak of topics to write of or content??

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  1. Date: 8/15/2013 6:00:00 PM
    Thanks John, I believe that was encouragement! You have always walked to the beat of a different drummer & I have always sympathized! [though I am not as bold as you!] L & L

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  1. Date: 8/15/2013 5:57:00 PM
    I always read your blogs... They're really good... Tho I don't always comment... your friend

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  1. Date: 8/15/2013 5:11:00 PM
    Hey, I don't know about the rest of the herd except too many are reluctant to step outside their comfortable box----be comfortable with yourself dear and don't take it as an insult--those that care or are challenged will join--the rest...well..leave them to their own---my next contest will be strict sapphic stanza and if I get 3 entries I don't care really

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Global Secret Santas
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What Does the X in Xmas Stand For?
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Peace Through Understanding Using Poetry & Art
Date Posted: 11/12/2014 3:54:00 PM
Chan Hurst
Date Posted: 11/8/2014 9:07:00 AM
The World is FULL of Good Books
Date Posted: 11/6/2014 8:44:00 AM
Things That Make You Go Hmmm
Date Posted: 10/11/2014 10:48:00 PM
The Power and Peril of Punctuation
Date Posted: 10/9/2014 8:49:00 AM
Aiming for Poetry as an ART
Date Posted: 10/4/2014 2:19:00 PM
More, More, More
Date Posted: 9/30/2014 5:22:00 PM
Published Poetry of the 21st Century [not mine]
Date Posted: 9/28/2014 2:41:00 PM
HELP the Meow Meow Pussycats!!!
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 3:54:00 PM
What Does Debbie Sound Like???
Date Posted: 8/29/2014 11:53:00 AM
Eunoia Review
Date Posted: 8/23/2014 7:58:00 AM
Doowop
Date Posted: 7/30/2014 3:16:00 PM
Thank Ruben! OH Oh, Mr. O
Date Posted: 7/24/2014 7:38:00 PM
SHUF Home of Experimental Poetics
Date Posted: 7/22/2014 3:52:00 PM
Grrrr PS please STOP
Date Posted: 7/17/2014 8:27:00 AM
Dead Snakes
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 11:30:00 AM
I got 'splaining to Do!
Date Posted: 7/7/2014 11:03:00 AM
Sijo
Date Posted: 6/14/2014 3:42:00 PM
Tincture - A Fine Magazine
Date Posted: 6/5/2014 3:22:00 PM
Smart and Small, Yet Says it All
Date Posted: 6/1/2014 5:42:00 PM
I'm Waiting!!
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 8:22:00 PM
Help Me
Date Posted: 5/17/2014 12:40:00 PM
Last Call Anyone Else want help? Spring haiku Contest
Date Posted: 5/13/2014 11:37:00 AM

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12/10/2014 A Christmas Snow Villanellechildren,
12/1/2014 Le Buff Claus - What's Up With Santa Rhymefantasy,funny,
11/25/2014 Death Muses of ISIS Verseafrica,violence,war,
11/24/2014 Chopped III-Suicidal Dick's Prose Poetrymystery,
11/23/2014 A Supreme Summer Free versework,
11/23/2014 Frozen in Crystalline - Number 7 Crystallinefaith,
11/17/2014 illusions of man Blitzabsence,beauty,bereavemen
11/14/2014 Tyree Gits the Boot Limerickcowboy,
11/8/2014 Clue II Haibunmystery,
11/7/2014 A Heart of Gold Versebeauty,father,friendship,
11/6/2014 Pie Eyed Sonnetfood,
11/2/2014 Boxers Versesports,
10/30/2014 Astral Ash Biofarewell,
10/29/2014 ashes fall from the joss stick: finger bone Prose Poetrydeath,
10/22/2014 Blessed Outcomes Alexandrinedesire,devotion,love,myth
10/21/2014 Above the Broad Versemen,woman,
10/21/2014 The Oracle's Descent Rispettomythology,
10/20/2014 The Party's Over Versebetrayal,
10/20/2014 Fall's Bounty Sonnetbeauty,
10/15/2014 Dark Angels of Highgate Sestinadeath,
10/3/2014 Destiny Number 5 Limerickfunny,
9/30/2014 Forever Blowing Bubbles Limerickhumor,
9/29/2014 Autumn Acrosticautumn,
9/28/2014 Free Form Verselife,
9/23/2014 Eccentric Eyes Sonnetpain,
9/23/2014 Hiding Places Haibunabuse,
9/23/2014 Daddies Girl Free versechildhood,
9/16/2014 Holy is the Lamb Free versepeople,philosophy,
9/3/2014 The Devil Made Me Do It Haibunanger,feelings,relationsh
9/2/2014 Watching the Shadows Grow Trioletnature,
8/29/2014 Petty-Cured Abecedarianfunny,
8/26/2014 Love Froze the Flame Ghazallost love,love,
8/21/2014 Mist Rise Ottava rimabeauty,
8/19/2014 Bewitching Power Rhymemen,power,
8/15/2014 Unknown Innocence Sonnetfaith,
8/13/2014 Mi Corazon Lyricromance,
8/12/2014 What Ever Gets You Through the Night Versefaith,
8/7/2014 Prayer for Harvest Versesky,
8/4/2014 Black Ships Sail Tail-rhymeabsence,
7/31/2014 The Sky Larked Moon Versemoon,
7/31/2014 White Shoulder Dreams Free versemissing you,
7/31/2014 Masked at Midnight Blitzmurder,mystery,
7/28/2014 Velvet as Laughter - Blitz Versejoy,
7/24/2014 Soar Among Stars Versegrowth,
7/22/2014 Peek A Boo Versebaby,
7/19/2014 Ride Sally Ride Balladsexy,
7/19/2014 sun shower Haikucelebration,
7/19/2014 Turtle Bridge Free versemythology,
7/17/2014 The Scent of Water Verselife,
7/15/2014 The Great Turtle and Sky Woman Rhymemythology,
7/12/2014 The Clarity of Eye Sonnetuplifting,visionary,
7/11/2014 Shattered Stages Verseloss,
7/4/2014 Debbie's Rhyme Schema Versefun,
7/1/2014 Moonlight Kisses Ghazalsea,
6/25/2014 Somnabulant Sijonature,
6/24/2014 Going Down Limericklust,
6/24/2014 Dick's Pick Limerickgirlfriend,
6/24/2014 Penance Versefaith,
6/17/2014 Lord Harry's Front Limerickfunny,gender,
6/13/2014 Sea Saw Versesea,
6/10/2014 Dream Catchers Sijoappreciation,change,
6/9/2014 Glass Bells Free versebeauty,
6/7/2014 The Virgin, the Villian and the Black Dog Sonnetlost love,
6/2/2014 Munch's Moon Verselonely,longing,
5/18/2014 Smiling Charmed Versetime,
5/17/2014 The Day's Mourning Terzanellebereavement,
5/16/2014 blonde bombshell Senryudeath,
5/16/2014 I See Your Shell Terza Rimaabuse,introspection,sad l
5/15/2014 Awash Terzanellenature,sad,
5/15/2014 Picture Perfect Versebeauty,
5/15/2014 Sunset Compliment Dizainbeauty,
5/7/2014 MacCool's Tool Limerickallusion,humor,
5/2/2014 The Red Tide Kyriellechildhood,violence,war,wi
4/30/2014 Antique Knights Ghazalcar,cool,
4/22/2014 Blood Moon Coupletchange,death,eulogy,
4/22/2014 -drainpipes rattle on - Tanka Tankaspring,
4/21/2014 Thunder Dome Sonnetlife,
4/17/2014 Wolf Pacts Sonnetpolitical,pollution,pover
4/17/2014 Thread Time Verseuplifting,
4/16/2014 Itty Bitty Spring Tankanature,
4/16/2014 Wind Born Free versedream,
4/12/2014 Crest Fallen Versecolor,
4/8/2014 Skin Deep Free versemagic,
4/7/2014 Dark And Mystical Versenight,
4/5/2014 Tick Tock - Itty Bitty Free verseage,funny,
4/4/2014 Sweety Peeps Versecandy,child,
4/2/2014 Trash Talkin' Free versepoems,
4/1/2014 The Handy Man Limerickfunny,funny love,
3/28/2014 March Goosebumps Sonnetspring,wind,
3/23/2014 St Catherine's Wheel Free versesky,
3/19/2014 He Crowed the Night Free versenight,
3/15/2014 Memories on the Branch Rhymeseasons,
3/14/2014 Crotches and Scotches Limerickfunny,
3/13/2014 Pushing the Envelope Free versespring,
3/13/2014 Truth Limerickfunny,
3/7/2014 Life is What You Make It Sonnetloss,
2/28/2014 Dewberry Cobbler Haibungrowing up,
2/24/2014 Remember Kent State Free versewar,
2/22/2014 What's White Got to Do With It Rhymenostalgia,parody,
2/21/2014 The Naughty Boy Quatraincare,

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God Free verselife,mystery,
Hard Times Cowboycowboy-western,family,fun
For Things Once Counted Rhymeintrospection,loss,uplift
Petal Verselove,
Defender of the Wastes Free verseart,life,parody,world,
Birth Imagismchildhood,life
this is why i woo words Verseart,inspirational,philoso
Forbear Free versesad,
Belongings Rhymeloss,love,mother,peacewor
Gold Fever Free versefaithfaith,political,
Splattered I do not know?life
Echo Quatrainlost lovewords,love,
Bells (after Poe) Lyricpassion
Respectfully, Emily Dickinson Lyricintrospection
Give the End Back to the Beginning Free versededication,faithme,
The Bruised and Rotting Pear Coupletfaith,hope
fly Free verseanimals
ABC's for a Young Captain ABClife
Not Entirely About Living In New York Free verselifeworld,light,light,
Woodcutter I do not know?warold,old,
Dreams Free versefaith,forgiveness
A Feed of Chips Narrativefunny
Weep O Willows Versedeath
Harlem Blues Free verseblack-african amerchildre
Summers Everlasting Free versenostalgia
EASTER IVY Narrativefriendshipeaster,,cousin,
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
End of days Rhymeinspirational,lifeme,war,
Past-Life Nightmare Narrativemystery,autumn,
I dream of you (to JEW) Free verseimagination,lovenight,swe
jellyfish back strophe Imagismallegory,nature,on writin
Disposable Wisdom Rhymeage,cat,life,wisdom,
Loneliness Rhymeintrospection,life
Remission (In Memory of William Watt). Elegybrother,death,nostalgiawo
The Day That Died Forever Free verseadventure,angst,art,confu
Heritage Quatrainadventure,cowboy-western,
Summer Matinee Narrativebrother,me,
The Moon and I I do not know?hope,life,love,nature,pea
Seeking, Searching Free verseimaginationlove,
BEFORE SPRING CAME Narrativeadventure,animals,childho
Pledge Sonnetdevotion
Wild Cherry Tree Free versechildhood,devotion,nature
Words from the Oracle Layallegory,philosophy
Science Free verse 
Mona Lisa resembles Chokaart
AND WITH MERRIEST SPIRIT Quintain (English)faith,father,holiday,insp
Cotton-Pickin' Paradise Versechildhood,life,nostalgia,
Where The Sycamore Grew Free verseautumn,family,house,life,
Larks Free versedeath,devotion,imaginatio
Big Bang Limerickfunny,science
winter (do not forget among the loss of flowers) me Free verse 
Let I do not know?loveme,me,
He Was Smoking Hot I do not know?funny
Alabaster Night Free versenature,sea,
Haunted Orb Haikufantasy,nature
This Night Sonnet 
Tombstones & Teacups Rhymeallegory,childhood,death,
Today Not Tomorrow Free versededication,depression,gir
Years Of The Rose Free verselost love,loveday,
The Joy that Sweetly Stays Free versehappinessjoy,
Cinder Girl Rhymelovelove,
Biography (Thesis Statement) Versehistory,life,philosophyli
Figure Fusion Verseart,sports
Dancing Bird - with video link Free verseanimals,introspection,nat
Poem for a sensuous poet Free versefantasy,on writing and wo
The Road Walked Down Through the Years Rhymelife,on writing and words
The Iceman Cometh! Rhymenostalgia
He says/ She says Narrativelife
I've seen so many Sonnetintrospectionnight,night,
Searching for Michelangelo Free verseart,hope,life,people,imag
When Madness Rides on Moonlight Sestinalovegod,light,god,life,li
Falling Stars Free versehopestar,star,
Before the City Wakes Sonnet 
realisation of self (War Child) Free verseme,me,
Reporting Live On The Soup (Colorado) Rhymefunnyme,me,
Late at night Lyricimaginationme,fear,me,
Reverencing Nature Balladfaith,naturenature,heart,
Dreams Coupletimagination
Simple Pleasures Rhymehappinesssummer,summer,
I Exist Pantoumintrospectionlife,me,
Leaving Madrid Blank versenostalgia,travel
Magnolia Song Free verselove,romance,
yellow bus roars through Haikuallegory,nature,places
Ethel's Remedies Rhymefunny,people
A Dream In The Mist Narrativefantasy,imagination,natur
volga 1 - 3 Prose Poetryfantasy
Mama's Cleaning Quatrainintrospection,life,mother
UPROOTING THE HEART VEINS Free verseangst,hope,mysteryme,
Revelation Free verseimagination,lifesong,epic
Sports Limerick Limerickfunny
Don't Come Free versedeath,lost love,me,
The Snowflake Italian Sonnetgirlfriend-boyfriend,roma
Love Beyond the Pale Quatraindevotion,lost love,
Jack Lyricintrospectionlife,
Night Visions Free verselost love,passion,
The Ghost That Travels Far Personificationnature
Kite Flying - Test Free verseallegory,art,imagination,
Dining with Crow Rhymeanimals
Beauty, yes Sijohope,imagination,philosop
Smart and Final Prose Prose Poetrypeoplepeople,red,city,peo

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