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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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Walk A Mile in Her Shoes - Contest Winners Posted


Blog Posted:4/21/2014 12:32:00 PM
Once again, I thank all of you who entered this contest.  Many, very good poems did not make the winner's list.  In the end, I ranked the top 15 poems - as I see them.

If you entered this contest - whether on the winners list or not - and would like my personal, critical feedback on your entry - send me a Soup Mail and I will provide my feedback on your poem.

This was an interesting contest - one that subjected me to quite a number of hard to read poems - because of the subject matter, not because of the merits of the poem.  My next contest has got to be one of lighter and more humorous fare.

Thank you all once again.  And now, I am going to look at the winners list myself to see what names appear beside each poem.  This "reveal" is always fun for me.

P.S. - I will be walking a mile in her shoes this coming Friday, April 25.  Thanks for your support!
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  1. Date: 4/22/2014 1:29:00 AM
    I think that is very cool of you to offer to critique someone elses poem in private like that. I am gonna do the same thing. no one else will read it, and so no embarrassing moments... very cool. Where do you draw the line tho? Meaning, how blunt? How soft... what would be a happy medium between the two?

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  1. Date: 4/22/2014 1:29:00 AM
    Good topic too, btw.

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  1. Date: 4/21/2014 7:48:00 PM
    Joe, thank you so much for sponsoring such an important contest. All are hard to judge but this one had to be difficult just to read. We need to be informed and take action. Congrats to all the winners.. Your poems broke my heart. Joe, again.. Huge thanks!

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  1. Date: 4/21/2014 5:59:00 PM
    This was a very thoughtful contest, and I do appreciate your placement on my entry. Thank you Joe, for the contest, as well as bringing to light a subject that needs more attention. Congrats to all !

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  1. Date: 4/21/2014 4:07:00 PM
    cheers to you, joe.. i have not seen the list but i'm sure you had splendid entries.. thanks for hosting and congrats to all who joined!.. huggs

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  1. Date: 4/21/2014 3:24:00 PM
    Thanks for this contest. I was waiting and waiting to see your results and I can't wait to read this winners' list. Congrats to all and thanks to you for walking as a sponsor for abused women. soupmail

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  1. Date: 4/21/2014 2:51:00 PM
    Joe, God bless you and your journey to help these women. Thank you for honoring my write but beyond that I pray for this to stop but since I fear it never will, let us all keep an ear to the wall and stop it when it does---God Bless!

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  1. Date: 4/21/2014 12:40:00 PM
    Hi Joe Am delighted to see i was awarded 8th place - never been a victim but seen so much written hence the reason for penning the poem Hugs Jan x

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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

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