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  1. Date: 12/16/2013 3:16:00 AM
    way to go Chris keep doing what you do and change nothing….

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  1. Date: 12/15/2013 2:11:00 PM
    Tnks tps..hugs

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  1. Date: 12/15/2013 9:49:00 AM
    Don't know what happened to Chris's poem because it was okay b4 and the edit won't let me fix it but you can read it at Chris's site if you haven't yet.

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  1. Date: 12/15/2013 8:57:00 AM
    Thanks, TPS.

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  1. Date: 12/15/2013 8:46:00 AM
    TPS, we cannot put a good man down; thank you for understanding that chris merely wanted to express his feelings without misconduct on his part... to chris: may this experience five you new , positive awakenings... now, it's beginning to look like christmas...

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  1. Date: 12/15/2013 2:13:00 AM
    :) Thank you TPS. Please know that I-- that most here---will NOT NOT NOT see this a precedent and will appreciate the decisions you make in the future to ban others. Chris, take the time you need, bro. and Craig, like I have said before, you're one class act-- and I can see that hero there... never leave a man behind, C'est vrai, mais non, ma pere? Love to ALL... Cyndi

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 10:24:00 PM
    Thank You TPS!! I don't care what your Mom says about you LOL---You are OKAY in my book-- MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 12:29:00 PM
    Chris work is back up! Thanks for the heads up Carry!

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 10:43:00 AM
    I was looking for him in the verses but I can't remember how to spell his last name correctly?

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 10:26:00 AM
    I am EXTREMEMLY pleased to see that Chris's last posting, was finally released from "lockdown". And his others were free to read again. The other evening, while trying to fav his poems, that possibility was not available, and I am hopeful that peace and fairness has returned to a site I love. I am grateful for that. There is a lot to be learned from reading the poetry of such a it controversial, or a lesson in humility, or a lesson in love and is all there for our willingness to drink in, and savor.

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 8:43:00 AM
    I also think PoetrySoup should give Chris another chance, That's the Christian way to do things. We without blame etc etc. hmmm how many of us can claim that remark I for one cant. Seren

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 8:11:00 AM
    Before Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962, he was an angry, relatively young man. He founded the ANC's military wing. When he was released, he surprised everyone because he was talking about reconciliation and forgiveness and not about revenge... Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you've closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart. Desmond Tutu

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 4:40:00 AM
    - Thanks Chris :)

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 3:37:00 AM
    Come on soup just because his opinion is different to yours.There have been far to many spats already and the poets who have lambasted and caused trouble and upset are still here but Chris has been banned , I don't have much to do with him but he has always been supportive of me and I vote he is allowed back...if he wants to come back

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 3:22:00 AM
    For Chris, I hope a pardon comes your way.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 11:46:00 PM
    Love this poem. Here, coach, this is for Chris.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 10:09:00 PM
    I am sad that a friend is locked out, its all wrong. I'm also heavy hearted because Chris has seen so much hypocrisy from Christians... here it is, coming on Christmas, and he is cut off from his own work, told there is "no room at this Inn"... man, if I had a cynical view of those who profess to be faith-filled, I'd have yet another reason to believe the worst ... Chris, you rankle, my friend.. like that boy behind me who used to tug my braids and then surprised me with a piece of toffee, a wry smile. You are wonderfully incorrigible. But then again my hubby says to me, "You're the sweetest brat I know." So, I get layers. I get honesty, authenticity, feeling comfortable in your own skin and willing to wear one's heart, and, ahem, opinions on one's sleeve... TPS, it's Christmas. Don't worry about setting a precedent, no one will crow, please listen to the community, please hear us. Don't use this person to set an example... please, lift the ban. Isn't this the perfect time to forgive, isn't this time of the year when we can wipe a slate clean, open a door? You said you would not answer another question about this... okay, then don't. Just please reconsider... is it so impossible to reconsider? Let Christmas touch you... please, please. Your members are feeling a great loss...

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 6:28:00 PM
    I have learned so much from Chris in so many aspects, I think more than he'll ever know. I treasure them always. He's definitely a brilliant light who has a massive and honest heart. Those of us who have been touched by him at different points in time, have been so blessed. I guess we won't truly know how much until they're gone, in this case from Soup... How he touches people goes far beyond and deeper than poetry. Soup is a sadder, dimmer place without him , a very brilliant soul and heart. I truly hope they lift the ban on him, there is a big void when they banned him. Very fitting, Craig, this moving poem of his shows so much, a true treasure of a poem, and has been on my favorites as well. Thank you so much from my heart, Chris, for all that you have shown and shared to me. Here, Coach, this is for Chris.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 6:14:00 PM
    I didn't know about this, and I am shocked. I rarely get involved in all this "stuff", but this is outrageous. TPS, please man up and unblock him. Here coach, this is for Chris..BG

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 5:24:00 PM
    I will miss him dearly, I am still in shock that he was banned

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 4:45:00 PM
    I remember this poem! I love it! It captures whom Chris really is so perfectly. Yes, coach, this is for Chris. Please bring him back. Love to all, catie

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 4:01:00 PM
    As everyone is talking about the help with poetry here I realized something - that other than Debbie who will actually help you personally, few actually lift us with what we are weak in; take the time to put an arm on your shoulder and say "Hey bud, go check this out" and add his two cents while being humble at the same time. I have copied and saved much of his guidance and refer to it and smile each time knowing that we were once as Chris writes "Marvelous motivators" as "Enemies"--Glad I "We" saw through that. You've taught a lot of us about love Chris---So, thanks again.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 3:42:00 PM
    I do not know Chris that well but I applaud him for standing up for what he believes. Here Coach this is for Chris. The world can use more with his courage. I hope he comes back to the team.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 3:06:00 PM
    we all speak in different voices but in the end, we see so many things in common with one another... i await chris' return...

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 2:43:00 PM
    Everyday I fall in love with something new about this man...everything I know about poetry, I have learnt from Chris...Thank you, Craig and everybody means a lot.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 2:43:00 PM
    Chris is one of poets on this site, that has help me grow, always constructive with his comments and helpful in every aspect.. Then there is his poetry, again of various subjects and themes,,, and all straight to the point, complex and the simply, a joy to is a sad day for this site' having been on the end of many abusive comments most, allow to carry on after the posting, yet what are we to do, when our opinion differs to you....I believe Chris as a right to be here, and I add my vote for his return!

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 2:40:00 PM
    I do understand Chris ' words above..Even through our little disagreements re our believes.. He was my sincierest of friends and through our agreements enlightment which made me strong .Such a beautiful poem about love.I know you care Tps...I have seen a glimpse of your heart every now and then..on blogs and I know it is soft and tender. .Gentle enough to let Chris come back..If He doesn't I miss him so much ..Eventually you might miss him too...Maybe you already do. He is part of our team right?He s been part of the family for about eight years...He still is right? Happy Christmas. This is for Chris coach : ) Tnks Craig for sharing such an amazing poem

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 1:08:00 PM
    There actually are not a lot of poets on this site with the range of knowledge and the life experience and the DESIRE to aid poets in developing their talents. Chris gave excellent critique, passed on helpful information constantly and did not even seek to compete for anything on this site. He was only here to share knowledge. He is one of less than a handful of people who since 2008 has helped me to grow as a poet. Please, let him come back.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 1:06:00 PM
    Ups! Look at my eyes! Im getting old, silly, and very sensitive. One of Chris best poems (and one of my favorite). Here coach, this is for Chris.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 12:22:00 PM
    Chris's spark and talent shines bright. I think it would be very sad if he was booted out over such a small thing and not allowed to return. I want him back. HERE COACH, THIS IS FOR CHRIS!!

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 11:52:00 AM
    What a magnificent poem..... If this isn't a poem for a season of love and forgiveness......what is? I am awed by this writer's amazing ability to say it better than all the rest. Here's to Chris.....

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 11:50:00 AM
    HERE COACH, THIS IS FOR CHRIS!!!!!! Craig, I have found Chis's writes to be soulful and beautiful. This piece is exceptional. touched my heart. I'm with you on this one. I hope TPS reads and acts on our request. Hugs......Eileen

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 11:38:00 AM
    If what I'm hearing is true and he was banned only for voicing his dislike of the new site then that concerning. I would like the administration to confirm this; you do not ban someone because they do not like what you do. If that was the case you have a few of your popular poets you need to ban for things sent to my inbox.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 11:31:00 AM
    Chris is an amazing writer. Hopefully he will come back if he hasn't already. I didn't hear about any issues regarding Chris but I support his efforts to speak up.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 11:11:00 AM
    Craig who is Chris? This is a very meaningful and touching piece of work. But where is this poet?

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 10:48:00 AM
    Here coach this is for Chris

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2/28/2015 The School of Imagination Rhymeimagination,
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11/29/2014 monoku 1 Monokunature,
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11/19/2014 Applause in the Wind Crystallineseasons,
11/15/2014 November Wind Crystallinenature,november,
11/10/2014 A Conspicuous Collage Rhymedeath of a friend,
11/10/2014 Your Smile Free versedeath of a friend,
11/7/2014 a lonely row Verselonely,love,
11/6/2014 Holidays Cinqkuholiday,sad,
11/4/2014 Forever Young Sonnetdaughter,grief,
11/3/2014 Almost Gone Rhymelife,
11/3/2014 Pursuing Christus Free versespiritual,
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10/30/2014 Leftover Heaven Epulaeryufood,
10/28/2014 Found and Lost Free verselife,
10/27/2014 On Niagra's Bridal Veil Falls Versenature,
10/19/2014 One Less Hill Free versememory,
10/16/2014 Her Laughter Verselife,love,
10/15/2014 Pie Eyed Rhymefunny,
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10/11/2014 Light Years Versespace,
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10/1/2014 Lights of Night Free verselife,
9/30/2014 Pickett's Charge Blank versewar,
9/26/2014 Eden Sonnetlife,
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9/21/2014 You Were There Rhymedeath,love,
9/19/2014 The Light Keeper Verselife,
9/19/2014 southward, wing on wing Haikuimagination,seasons,
9/14/2014 Poetry Is Born Free versemother,
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Violin Personificationdeath,love,rose,
Evening Walk Free verseintrospection,life,nature
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Why I Weep Italian Sonnetnatureme,
An Invitation to Dance Sonnetmusic,nature,
Secrets of the Stream Free verseintrospection,nature
Grandpa Coupletchildhood,loss,sadold,chi
Double Phantasy Free verseloss,mystery,sad,
Something of a Dreamer Free verselife,
Silver Strands Biolove,mother,me,silver,
Montage Poetry Lyrichappiness,history,uplifti
A Mutual passion Blank verseromance,longing,longing,l
Spring Returned Rondeauhappiness,love,people,sou
Her Name Is January Personificationimagination,nature,new ye
Wind Power Rhymenature,
Gold Star Narrativechildhood,war,war,star,bl
Circle of Life Rhymedeath,introspection,life,
If Ever Sonnetfaith,hope,inspirational,
EULOGY FOR THE ELDON GALLERY, WATERLOO Free verseart,grandmother,life,plac
Conquering Rainbows Free versefantasy,for children,me,r
The Missing Sonnetdeath,loss,
AT THE BUS DEPOT Verseallegory,
Immersion Free verseintrospection,life,me,
In Strangler's Wood Rhymedeath,
THE OLD OAK TREE Free verseautumn,life,spring,summer
Bewitched Villanellelove,passion
FIRST CHERUBIC CHANCE Lyricmystery,uplifting
Wait Raven,I am coming Free versedeath
Grandpa's Study Free versefamily,life,loss,peace,
Passing Trains in Winter Rain Rhymedepression,
The Jaded Eye Sonnetdeath,love,heart,heart,
Amongst the Dross Sonnetdepression,introspection,
Closer Free versehope,life,love,peace,blue
A Solstice Free versedeath,faith,religion,
Sunlit Ambrosia Free versedaughter,father,happiness
Tanglaw -- Light Free versededication,life,love,moth
One More Time Curtal Sonnetfamily,
Black Diamond Night Free verseintrospection,life,nature
Haste Quintain (Sicilian)faith,fear,introspection,
Cornflower Blue Free versehope,life,love,mystery,dr
Bastard Sun Personificationnature,parody,
Ballet is Poetry Free verseart,music,
SHADOWLANDS Free versedeath,faith,grief,history
SO Many Questions Quatrainromance,moon,
FLEETING VISUALS Free verseadventure,art,
LONELY Free verselife,lonely,me,people,swe
POETRY IS AN ECHO Rispettoon writing and words,me,
Poe and I Rispettolonely,lost love,
Spring's Sweet Reality Free versedream,nature,spring,dream
The Angel Inside Rhymeallegory,angel,art,beauti
Back to Lost Rhymehistory,
Kiss the Rain Quatraingirl,people,rain,romantic
A Sepia Recollection Free versefamily,grandfather,
The Old Wooden Bench Sonnetimagination,old,old,
Every now and then Lyriclove,miss you,
SYLVIA Crown of Sonnetslife,poets,writing,
Her Requiem Rhymedeath,faith,mother,
O' Middle Child Free versei love you,love,son,
And Luke Williams Has Gone Celibate Free verselove,
BOTH ACHE AND JOY Free versefarewell,how i feel,life,
Verses for Vivian Lyricdepression,
The Garden of Adonis Lyrics Rhymelyric,song,
The Pooka Sonnetanimal,horror,mythology,
The Swan Free versebeautiful,romantic,wife,
Una and the Lion Monorhymeanimal,girl,happiness,inn
Sleepless Night Dramatic Verseanger,death,farewell,memo
AS FATHER IS TO HIS DAUGHTER Free versefather,introspection,word
Midsummer dance on parchment paper Free verseabsence,allegory,
Into the Gloaming Sonnetpeace,
THE OTHER-WISE Free verseart,introspection,
Mother and Child Narrativeangel,baby,beautiful,birt
Cinder Girl Rhymelovelove,
Love Poem - 29 Free verselife,love,passion,peace,w
A Tale of Fire and Ice Rhymedream,fire,love,lust,
The Soup Reich Free versesatire,slam,
-----night train------ -reverse poem- Rhymegoodbye,lost love,sad lov
Hold Back The Sun Free verselove,morning,passion,
Doorways to Yesterday Free versememory,
Mending life Free verseanalogy,
You Caught The Wind Free versedeath of a friend,nostalg
Sheol Dramatic Verseabuse,dark,evil,fantasy,f
Aftermath Free versebaby,loss,winter,
Waterloo Bridge ekphrasisart,beauty,
Facets Of Loneliness Free verseloneliness,
Love never fades Rhymelonging,love,
Recalling Her Free versegrandmother,memory,
Small Gifts Quilted with Love Ghazal 
just like juliet Free verselove,
Christmas Magic Rhymeangel,child,christmas,god
Somber Days Free verseday,november,tree,
The Sounds of White Free versecolor,
IN THE MOOD Light Poetryadventure,woman,
Footfalls Versechildhood,farewell,
M Free versecelebration,hope,life,lov
Edinburgh Free versededication,hope,life,love
As the dust settles Free verselife,people,
In the Snowy Brightness of that Moonless Night Quintain (English)moon,new year,snow,
Queen Eileen Remembers Rhymefriendship,remember,thank
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