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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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An Update on the "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" Contest

Blog Posted:3/27/2014 3:25:00 PM
First of all, let me thank all of you who have participated.

I have read all 35 entries into this contest and 25 have been passed along to Round 2.

I do not let everyone win.  There are 25 worthy poems that I will rank from 1 - 10.  I do not award multiple winners - this is a contest, after all.  That means 15 poems that I thought good enough to make it to Round 2, will not be ranked in the end.  And, once again, please be reminded, this is just the opinion of one, simple, rather average man.

What separates Poem #1 from Poem #2 and so on, can come down to simple mistakes made in your poem.  I noticed some really terrific poems that have some frustrating errors in them.  Please, if you are concerned about your placement in this contest, go back and double check your poem.  There are some with minor errors that may impact your placement.  When deciding between two or more poems with equal merit, those poems without errors will rank better than those with errors.

You all did a fantastic job in writing on this very tough topic.  I have found that reading these poems was also very tough due to the subject matter and your very descriptive handling of the theme.  As a result, I am going to take a few days off before coming back and ranking the poems.

Thank you, once again, for participating in this contest.  And good luck with the final rankings.

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  1. Date: 3/27/2014 11:52:00 PM
    Joe, Thanks for giving us an opportunity to double check. And even if we didn't make the top 25 maybe it was for errors that we can go back and fix. I'm like Andrea.. Too soft and even then it kills me to cut anyone's poem when I see such effort. Also had a poem not make the cut and finish first in another contest. Sometimes we forget it's just us judging these poems. Often lower ranking poems are ones I would have placed higher. It's opinion. But sometimes, as you mention here, it's errors and our goal has to be to improve as artist and that's the real motivation I find in these contest. Thank you sir!

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  1. Date: 3/27/2014 7:26:00 PM
    Joe , I wish I could do the way you are doing. IN the end,(usually) I just keep the 25 and place them all. I am a big old softie!!! And even then, a few people get hurt, so what can ya do anyway? And if you don't like mine in this contest, I will just have to accept that it is your opinion!! as you said, you like what you like!! We all have very different taste and this is very apparent to me when I enter one contest and get nothing but another judge might give me a high place with the very same poem in THEIR contest!! It's crazy and it's life!

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  1. Date: 3/27/2014 4:20:00 PM
    Thanks for the update Joe :)

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  1. Date: 3/27/2014 3:27:00 PM
    Thanks Joe, You have always been a fair judge win or not.

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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
9/19/2014A 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,
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,

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