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I WAS ME


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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Thank You for Your Recent Comments


Blog Posted:12/19/2013 1:11:00 PM
Hello once again to my PS friends, old and new. I just want to take a quick minute to say thank you to all of you who have recently dropped by to read some of my poetry and leave your comments behind.

I just recently renewed my PS membership and upgraded to a Lifetime Membership. As a result, a PS email went out that, I guess, has motivated some of you to take a look. I thank PS for doing this and I love the fact that so many of you have found some of my older poems that have appealed to you enough to leave a comment behind.

I have been a PS member now for 4 years or so. My first membership was given as a contest prize by The Sweatheart of Poetry Soup, Linda-Marie. I am not sure what has happened to Linda-Marie but she was my first love here at PS. Thank you, Sweatheart.
Over the years, I have posted almost 1,000 poems here. I have made some good friends and have, if I may be so bold, a couple of fans. I tend to come and go with my activity here – life seems to get in the way. I have never posted as many comments as I should – but, I do try, at times, when time allows. I have participated in many contests, although not so many recently, and I have even sponsored a dozen or so myself. I have posted and commented in blogs, although I will admit I get turned off by the drama that goes on in some of these blogs. That is not what I come to PS for.

Over the past year, I have been focused on other things in my life. I have started my own small consulting company; my wife has had serious health issues; my older children have all introduced grandchildren into my life, including one set of twins; and, I still have a 9 year old at home that I am raising the best I can. None of this is a good excuse for not commenting in kind to all of you, but, I hope, it explains a little bit about the limits on my time and my priorities right now.

I just wanted to thank all of you, old and new, that have left comments behind on my poems. Some of you have done so for years without getting anything back from me. I know – I am awful, but thanks for staying with me.

There are some of you that I should single out for being so good to me throughout the years, but as I tried to list the names I knew I would leave off some that I should not so I will not try to create a list, but, you know who you are. So, THANK YOU!

I do need to recognize one very good friend early on who encouraged me from the start and, like Linda-Marie, is not seen around here anymore. I know she was having health problems and, if you know of her situation I would love to get an email update from you. Thank you Carolyn Devonshire! You helped pull the poet out of me that I kept hidden for 50 years.

Sorry for the long post. I really just stopped by to say thank you. So, THANK YOU!

Joe

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  1. Date: 12/20/2013 9:11:00 PM
    Joe I'm glad you're posting. And I most definitely hope all works out well with your wife :)

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  1. Date: 12/19/2013 9:09:00 PM
    Happy to see you, Joe. Last August, I received an email from Carolyn, but after that a comment by her on a poem. That's all. Like you, I am eager to know whatever happened to Linda marie. I wrote to some old friends who were close to her. But drew a blank.

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  1. Date: 12/19/2013 6:36:00 PM
    So nice to hear again from you, and if I may........I would encourage Soupers to look for your poems on youtube.....I believe you have several wonderful poems there. I'm hoping your wife's health concerns will soon be history, Joe. Best wishes!

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  1. Date: 12/19/2013 3:41:00 PM
    Hey Joe, I like what I read…..Happy hold….David

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  1. Date: 12/19/2013 2:29:00 PM
    The best to you Joe--Merry Christmas!!

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Imperfections
Date Posted: 8/6/2014 6:32:00 PM
A Promise to Myself
Date Posted: 7/23/2014 10:21:00 AM
A Question for My Fellow Poets - Men and Women
Date Posted: 6/24/2014 9:00:00 PM
Everybody Has a Holy Grail
Date Posted: 6/22/2014 3:37:00 PM
Maya Angelou
Date Posted: 5/28/2014 10:01:00 AM
Very Punny Stuff
Date Posted: 5/21/2014 6:47:00 PM
Seeing Your Child Off to War
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 1:04:00 PM
Tears for Oso
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 5:52:00 PM
A New Milestone
Date Posted: 4/29/2014 12:46:00 PM
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes - Today's the Day - UPDATED WITH PICTURES FROM THE WALK
Date Posted: 4/25/2014 10:42:00 AM
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes - Contest Winners Posted
Date Posted: 4/21/2014 12:32:00 PM
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

My Recent Poems

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10/10/2014I Would Like to Fall In Love AgainRhymelife,
10/9/2014Blinded by the Speed of LifeLyricfather,song,
10/7/2014My Cell Phone Keeps Vibrate'nLyriclost love,song,
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9/30/2014The White RoomRhymedeath,life,
9/25/2014Anchored to My HeartLyricsad,
9/25/2014Walk-In ClosetsRhymebreak up,life,lost love,
9/19/2014A Man With Rhyme to ReasonBalladlife,
9/17/2014The Ballad of Goodie-Two-ShoesBalladlife,
9/16/2014My Life of QuicksandRhymeallegory,bio,life,
8/12/2014She is LoveLyriclove,
8/11/2014Purely ParadiseLyriclove,lust,
8/10/2014I Am HereRhymedesire,
8/4/2014A Six Pack Love AffairRhymefunny,life,
7/30/2014Random Acts of KindnessQuaterninspirational,
7/30/2014Facade of ContentRhymelife,
7/23/2014A Father's TearsRhymesad,
7/22/2014Any Time You Need a FriendRhymefriendship,love,lyric,
7/15/2014Her Last PoemRhymedeath,sad,
7/6/2014Slave to a Woman's TearsRhymelife,
7/4/2014Emptied BottlesRhymelife,sad,
6/24/2014Poets Who Write Love PoemsFree versepoetry,
6/22/2014The Summer of 1974Rhymebio,memory,
6/19/2014We Both Get PassionateRhymelove,lust,
6/18/2014A One of a Kind WomanRhymegirl,
6/17/2014My Inability to Let My Inabilities Stop MeRhymeinspiration,life,
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6/13/2014MidnightRhymeintrospection,
6/12/2014So, Now WhatNarrativeintrospection,
6/10/2014Sometimes We Just Have to Get NakedRhymelife,
6/2/2014Soup Song Sing-a-longLyricsong,
5/29/2014The Caged Bird is Set FreeElegyangel,eulogy,poets,
5/27/2014Tears on the WindRhymespiritual,
5/21/2014How Can Heaven Ever Be HeavenRhymelove,song,
5/20/2014The Butterfly Flutters ByRhymelife,
5/20/2014The Unemployed MusicianLyriclife,lyric,
5/19/2014A Rose, A Tear and a PrayerRhymeloss,love,
5/16/2014Lost in PursuitFree versephilosophy,
5/15/2014There I StoodFree versebio,life,
5/15/2014My SalvationFree verseintrospection,life,
5/12/2014The ArtistRhymeart,life,philosophy,
5/10/2014First Shovel of DirtRhymeabuse,
5/7/2014The Lonely GraveRhymelife,
5/5/2014The Last Thing That I Did RightRhymelife,lust,
5/2/2014Can You Still Love SomeoneMonorhymelost love,
5/1/2014Remember Me to Linda-MarieRhymededication,
4/30/2014A DaydreamRhymeart,dream,
4/30/2014HelplessKyrielledeath,sad,
4/30/2014An Easy ManBurlesquefunny,sexy,
4/29/2014A Cause to RejoiceSonnetmarriage,political,
4/28/2014Portals to My YouthFree versenostalgia,
4/24/2014I Suck at Being MeRhymehumorous,introspection,
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4/22/2014Embers of TimeRhymeinspiration,life,
4/21/2014LifeRhymeintrospection,life,
4/20/2014The Day They Killed My Easter BunnyRhymeinnocence,
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,
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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
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2/27/2014The Carpenter's SonRhymereligious,
2/26/2014The Prom CorsageBalladlife,
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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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2/7/2014Peasants and KingsRhymeinspirational,
2/7/2014EmmaRhymelife,
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2/5/2014Through Whiskey and GuiltRhymelife,
1/30/2014She Built CastlesRhymelife,
1/30/2014Honey I'm HomeRhymelove,
1/23/2014Isolation's CampanionFree verseloneliness,
1/23/2014Looking BACKMonorhymelife,
1/14/2014The Pianist in 305Rhymelife,
1/13/2014Like It Was YesterdayRhymenostalgia,
1/10/2014When the Laughter StopsRhymehistory,life,
1/10/2014The Give and TakeRhymelife,
1/9/2014The PromiseBalladbereavement,life,love,
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