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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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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!


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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

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 Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
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,
6/16/2014The Rolling Hills of LifeRhymeintrospection,
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,

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