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First I was me,

Selfish as can be,

Wanting everything from A to Z

And wanting it all for me.

Then I became we,

A part of an us.

I learned to share, give and take

I learned how to trust.

Next I was you,

Believe me it's true.

I would rather give than receive,

It was you I wanted to please.

Now I am them,

A family man.

Giving my children,

All that I can.

If you look real close,

It is easy to see,

I am older and wiser,

And no longer a me.

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Most Recent Blog Post

The "I Can't Win Contest"
Blog Posted:7/2/2012 3:40:00 PM


Sorry for how long it took me to finalize this contest - but you all made it very difficult by entering a whole bunch of terrific poems.

I said I was going to limit this contest to 3 winners.  Gold, Silver, Bronze.

Based on past experience in judging these contests I thought this would be easy.

In past contests, there were so many entries that did not fit the theme ... not in this case.

In past contests, there were so many entries that absolutely confused me, I had no idea what I was reading ... not in this case.

In past contests, there were so many errors, mistakes and rotten grammar ... not in this case.

So, by limiting myself to 3 winners, I really had to spend a lot of time reading and re-reading.  Slowly eliminating one poem here and one poem there.  Coming back and re-reading again.

There were really many poem deserving of mention, but, in the spirit of the upcoming Olympics (with a handfull of HMs) I got to three winners.

These may not have been your 3 winners had you judged them, but, based on my biases and my preferences, my winners are now, finally, posted.

Thanks to all of you who entered.  I hope YOU love the poem you submitted and, therefore, consider the effort to write for and enter this contest, worth your time and effort.


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  1. Date: 7/3/2012 5:04:00 PM
    I read some of the poems and they were all good..Sara

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  1. Date: 7/3/2012 1:25:00 PM
    Thank You for my HM, I feel honored. This was a fun contest with many wonderful writes. Congrats to all!

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  1. Date: 7/2/2012 10:18:00 PM
    Congratulations for your winners. How you can narrow down to even 11, including the HM's, is beyond my comprehension, Joe!!

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  1. Date: 7/2/2012 8:02:00 PM
    Joe, I can only imagine how tough this one wad to judge. Thanks for taking the time to sponsor the contest and for my HM placement. I'm honored. Congrats to all the winners! Lovecand Blessings, Rhonda

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  1. Date: 7/2/2012 6:01:00 PM
    Thank you for hosting the contest and considering my poem. I did enjoy writing it.

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  1. Date: 7/2/2012 5:51:00 PM
    Hi Joe-Thanks so much for my HM. I appreciate it :)

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  1. Date: 7/2/2012 5:25:00 PM
    Thank you for my no. 3, Joe. This was a fun contest and a true incident when I was a small child. My mom was very wise. Love, Joyce

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My Past Blog Posts

Strangers Helping Out - One Donation at a Time
Date Posted: 3/31/2014 11:23:00 AM
An Update on the "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" Contest
Date Posted: 3/27/2014 3:25:00 PM
If I Could Enter My Own Contest - Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
Date Posted: 3/12/2014 12:27:00 PM
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes
Date Posted: 3/12/2014 12:38:00 AM
Harder Than it Seems
Date Posted: 3/7/2014 5:02:00 PM
Taking a Stand
Date Posted: 3/4/2014 10:46:00 AM
The 12th Man Includes Women Too
Date Posted: 2/22/2014 3:51:00 PM
Excuse My Brag
Date Posted: 2/20/2014 2:19:00 PM
Walking Fools
Date Posted: 2/17/2014 12:26:00 PM
Finding Evidence that Someone Found Use for One of my Poems
Date Posted: 2/10/2014 1:31:00 PM
What a Super, Super Bowl
Date Posted: 2/3/2014 2:20:00 PM
Don't Cry for me Argentina
Date Posted: 1/30/2014 4:47:00 PM
Thank You for Your Recent Comments
Date Posted: 12/19/2013 1:11:00 PM
The Comment That Became A Poem
Date Posted: 7/30/2013 5:39:00 PM
Getting Over the "Being Accepted" Hump
Date Posted: 7/25/2013 2:06:00 PM
A YouTube Fool
Date Posted: 5/17/2013 7:05:00 PM
What I Get Paid To Do
Date Posted: 4/17/2013 1:28:00 PM
The Curse of a Would-Be Poet
Date Posted: 4/10/2013 4:51:00 PM
Who We Are
Date Posted: 3/26/2013 8:53:00 AM
Poetry on Facebook
Date Posted: 2/15/2013 2:35:00 PM
I Am A Grandfather Again ... and Again!
Date Posted: 2/3/2013 11:59:00 AM
WARNING - This Blog Contains Explicit Material Intended Only for Adults
Date Posted: 1/10/2013 4:53:00 PM
My Two Cents (or More) on a Recent Controversy
Date Posted: 1/5/2013 12:23:00 PM
Unopened Presents
Date Posted: 12/18/2012 10:26:00 PM
Last Goodbyes - 12/14/12
Date Posted: 12/18/2012 4:44:00 PM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
4/16/2014The Red, Flashing 1 On My Answering MachineRhymelife,
4/8/2014Smile, If You're Feeling SadRhymeinspirational,
3/28/2014The Man in the Rosy GlassesRhymeintrospection,life,
3/27/2014Night SkiesRhymelife,
3/17/2014A St Paddy's Day LimerickLimerickfunny,holiday,
3/16/2014Hopes Come TrueRhymehope,life,song,
3/11/2014Life is What YOU Make itFree versedeath,life,
3/10/2014Anything GoesRhymemarriage,
3/10/2014Islands of PovertyRhymelife,political,society,
3/7/2014Memories on BranchesQuatrainimagery,seasons,
3/6/2014Dream LoveRhymefunny,imagination,life,
3/6/2014Coming of Age in Centerville with Baseball and GirlsRhymebaseball,growing up,nosta
3/4/2014The Bar Room Mirror ExtravaganzaRhymeimagination,introspection
3/3/2014She SingsLyriclyric,
2/27/2014The Carpenter's SonRhymereligious,
2/26/2014The Prom CorsageBalladlife,
2/22/2014Forgotten UmbrellasRhymesymbolism,
2/20/2014Why Her Mother CriesQuatrainlost love,
2/19/2014Share the LaughterRhymefor kids,
2/18/2014The Dad MantraRhymechildren,life,
2/18/2014Whispers of LightRhymeinspirational,
2/17/2014Dedicated to All the Boys and Girls Next DoorRhymededication,war,
2/14/2014Woo and Wow Me the Best that You CanRhymelove,
2/14/2014An Old Man's Piece of AdviceRhymeinspirational,introspecti

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