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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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Finding Evidence that Someone Found Use for One of my Poems


Blog Posted:2/10/2014 1:31:00 PM
So, I was doing some vanity surfing on Google and I found a link to a Student Paper written about a "Unit of Study" on "Baseball: The Game of Life". The paper describes a unit of study the author is proposing for younger students. In his paper, he refers to a poem I wrote about baseball: "The Perfect Life". Made my day!

I am not sure what grade he got or if the paper was approved or not, but it was neat seeing the quote; "To begin the extension to the unit, I would like to share an inspiring poem by a modern poet named Joe Flach."

Pretty cool to see someone found use for one of my poems. Almost made me cry.

Having just one stranger, somehow find just one poem I wrote and putting it to use, makes the agony of having 1,000 other poems go unnoticed, somehow vanish.  I am a lucky man!

Today, for the first time in my life, having stumbled upon this link, I actually feel like a poet.

Thanks, stranger.  I hope it all worked out for you.  You made my day!

UPDATE:  I also found this link ( http://mwholocaustproject.weebly.com/poetry.html ) that includes one of my poems and some poems from others that I know who post here on PS.  Cool.
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  1. Date: 2/13/2014 6:34:00 PM
    Most of my best stuff gets a rating of 4 or 5. My sentimental, brain-dead, cliched-to-the-max, tear jerking, thankyougod stuff gets rated 7. Go figure and hey there, Joe. Namaste ~N

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  1. Date: 2/11/2014 5:49:00 PM
    I've always liked what you have written. I'm happy for you that you have received recognition from this person.

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  1. Date: 2/11/2014 8:29:00 AM
    Awesome, Joe. What is really nice is that they are giving you credit for your poems, and not just stealing them. hugs, catie :)

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  1. Date: 2/11/2014 4:45:00 AM
    cheers to you, joe... i found a few of mine on pdf file that were used as reference by students and writers' groups... will check what else is there.. huggs

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  1. Date: 2/10/2014 8:49:00 PM
    If I did not say it yet, Congratulations, Joe. I will tell you at Soup mail my good news.Surprised some of these folks did not realize all the stuff about them on Google. It's AMAZING

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    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/11/2014 12:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Andrea. Soup Mail received and responded.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 6:08:00 PM
    Awesome Joe..We are proud of you.I can understand your feeling!!Congrats!

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    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/10/2014 7:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Charmaine.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 6:01:00 PM
    Joe, I am so sorry...lol... I barely said a thing to YOU about YOU having touched a youth in such a profound way... I was just so stunned, myself... good on you! Wonderful!

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    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/10/2014 7:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No problems, Cyndi - I'm glad to have had you reply the way you did.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 5:59:00 PM
    Ruben that is beyond beautiful... seriously. Your work was appraised AND praised (which it should be, hatman) and... ha... this genius kid has also blogged about HOWL. You are in the same realm as HOWL!!! (Cyndi turns and says, Come down from the ceiling.. too late he's floated off, beyond our reach)

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 2/10/2014 6:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Why you say "kid"? EXCUSE ME!!!! Eliz Khalifa is a highly praised literary critic. : D AND WHAT? Howl? Who wrote it? Allen what? Ginsberg who? : D
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 5:12:00 PM
    Yes I have had the same experience Joe, one day trawling through the net, I came across a Canadian site called Tigergrove (still there)and in big letters was a title which I instantly recognized."Working with ghosts" accredited to me, the site belonging to a Ronnie and Heather Whitley Gibson..i do not know too much about the copyright laws but believe once published on the net it becomes a public domain aspect(I am sure there are people on soup that know far more than me about that,,but I was highly delighted to see it there ,also that it was very well presented with an illustration of a ghostly figure on a staircase, also attracted a very nice comment,,so like you Joe I was well pleased...

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    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/10/2014 5:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for the input Harry. I suspect it has happened to quite a few poets here and, just as Andrea says below, "that's what it's all about".
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 4:21:00 PM
    OMG! OMG! I am thrilled thrilled thrilled... Stephanie Despande... the contest I am holding... her gorgeous work... she has put a quote I used in my contest blog on her page... instead of seeing me as breaking copyright... she sees (oh wonderful SHE SEES) that I am giving attention to her beautiful work!!! I have ridiculously misted eyes! She read me and liked what I said... I feel so good now, I'm floating.. JOE thank you! I would never have googled myself. Your blog inspired me to take a peek... I am such a sentimental idiot... she liked what I said about her work... dancing on tiptoes...http://www.stephaniedeshpande.com/

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    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/10/2014 4:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm happy for you Cyndi! I understand how you feel - a guess a vanity search every now and then won't hurt any body and might help us realize whether or not we are reaching anyone. I am glad I helped you find this - in some small way.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 3:33:00 PM
    WHAT!!!! You're kidding me! I google my name ... read this page: http://englisheleven56.wordpress.com/ THEY'RE WATCHING US!! : D

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    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/10/2014 3:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That is just TOO COOL, Ruben!! Isn't that so neat to find something like that? I don't mind if that is the they that are watching.
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 2/10/2014 3:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    They're using of my poems as example!! What a crazy world! : D
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 3:23:00 PM
    Awesome Joe!!

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    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/10/2014 3:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Craig.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 3:22:00 PM
    this is what it is all about, Joe. There is certainly no money in it. But honor and gratification when someone sees your poem and wants to apply it to their life somehow. Coincidentally just the other day I was curious if my little poem form I named 7/5 Trochee was ever being used online. So I googled it and four things came up. A few poetry sites were actually using it for examples of that form!! A few other exciting things happened to me two weeks ago. I will tell you what they were if you want to know!

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    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/10/2014 3:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, of course Andrea! You can post them here or Soup Mail me - or send me a Facebook Message. Thanks.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 3:11:00 PM
    That's great, Joe! You must feel very proud.

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  1. Date: 2/10/2014 1:52:00 PM
    Well done Joe...

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    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/10/2014 3:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, David. Who would'a thunk?
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 1:37:00 PM
    Hey that's awesome, Joe....and I like me some baseball, too.

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    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/10/2014 3:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Caleb. I've actually written a couple poems with baseball as the theme or a part of the content.

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