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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 9:24:00 PM
    Sorry. I was drunk earlier, but I still meant what I said (if anyone even saw it lol). TEAM CRAIG! What fools these mortals be...*le sigh*

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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 2:39:00 PM
    Okay, one more thing and I'll shut the heck up...On the subject of arrogance vs. humility (which I need a lot more of) here is a quote from my dad's lifelong friend at his funeral: "He was the most humble man I ever knew, but he didn't KNOW he was humble, because if he had known he was humble, then he would not have been humble anymore" Yes indeed...

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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 1:10:00 PM
    Hmmm...Georgio mentioned below that he is encouraging 'true poets' to compose in partial-language...Hey Mr. V, how bout partial-english? My native language by the way...I guess I need poetry lessons like Catie (I assume you will be the instructor?) Come on back Craig...You gonna leave me as the lone political conservative on the Soup?

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  1. Date: 12/30/2013 1:38:00 AM
    it's almost new year.. in times of love and war, shall we call a truce and let this simmer a bit?.. i'm waiting...

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  1. Date: 12/30/2013 12:21:00 AM
    Craig!! This is so unfair, my friend. I'm sending a big hug. You'll be back soon.

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  1. Date: 12/29/2013 5:12:00 PM
    I would like to see this kind of challenge; but no one leave the site! For heaven's sake. Just write! No one is better than anyone else here. Chris D would be the perfect judge.

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  1. Date: 12/29/2013 10:17:00 AM
    It would be a great loss for me too..not for the site only..For any of you to leave..If you two join forces with maybe some others who have great knowledge re certain forms..Maybe we can have a group of tutors instead of moderators..How about a hug for friends?' ) : )

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  1. Date: 12/29/2013 10:04:00 AM
    Craig..If you or Giorgio had to leave..It would be a great loss for this site .So the challenge would be for both of you to shake hands .I can learn so much from both of you..So Happy new year to both and tnks for sharing yr talent here with us.Both you and him!!

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  1. Date: 12/29/2013 9:29:00 AM
    Craig, let the lonely King sit in his aloneness and praise himself. No good ever comes of that. He will learn.... yet, even in your challenge, or acceptance of it... I do see your attempt at friendship and mending the fences. Keep it light guys! Love and hugs, Catie :)

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  1. Date: 12/29/2013 9:04:00 AM
    Craig, I was going to soupmail you, but I will just post a message here. Please, Craig, just let this drop. A person's work SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. Everyone on this site can chose to do what they want with their contests. If we are unhappy, we just don't join...that's all. We can't MAKE them change the way they do things. I have basically stopped joining contests. It's just too competitive and nerve wracking. There are some I might join in the future, but I will NOT set myself up for failure. It is inevitable that some poetry will speak to us more than others. I admire your work. It always speaks to me. No good will come of this. It never has, it never will. Nothing will change. Just let it be XO

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  1. Date: 12/29/2013 1:05:00 AM
    Oooo! A high stakes challenge. This is exciting, a way to keep it real. Enough talk, bring on the action. But who would be the panel of judges? How can the judging be neutral on a site that is rife with favoritism? Just for an example, a knowledgeable, world-class judge, automatically looks beyond meter, beyond forced-rhyme, and searches for cohesive word-choice, for layered substance, for a merging of subjective and concrete imagery, etc, etc.

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  1. Date: 12/28/2013 10:39:00 PM
    *.* I Love A Good Challenge. I Just Have To Find My Slingshot, So 'WE' Can Make It Fair....Haha, Can't Wait To See The Ghost In A Post Accept, Your Consequences (* Love John

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
2/2/2016 Like Always Free verselife,
1/31/2016 Life's Shores Free verselife,
1/28/2016 my superman kite Shapefunny,
1/25/2016 Lonely Libraries Sonnetlife,
1/23/2016 Waiting Free verselife,
1/21/2016 A Valentine's Lament Villanellelost love,love hurts,
1/18/2016 Sammy Coupletcat,pets,
1/18/2016 Response to Potpourri Versedeath,
1/15/2016 Inhaling The Sea Free verseloss,
1/14/2016 The Picnic Ekphrasislife,
1/14/2016 The Lagoon Ekphrasislife,
1/12/2016 Memory Born Ekphrasismemory,
1/11/2016 Chaste Ekphrasisfaith,love,
1/11/2016 The Theater Ekphrasislife,
1/10/2016 Champlain Ekphrasisstorm,
1/9/2016 John Magee Free versewar,
1/8/2016 The Perpetual Pessimist Ekphrasislife,
1/8/2016 A Note to My Niece Ekphrasischild,life,
1/8/2016 Infinity Ekphrasiscolor,sound,space,
1/6/2016 the gift of the Magi Free verselove,marriage,
1/4/2016 Tapestry Acrosticlife,
1/1/2016 Smokey's Christmas Turkey Rhymechristmas,funny,
12/27/2015 Crepuscular Rays Coupletsunset,
12/26/2015 Lost and Found Free verselife,
12/24/2015 Trusted With a Smile Collaboration Sonnetlost love,
12/22/2015 Love Garden Rhymegarden,
12/22/2015 Not New Years Free verselife,
12/21/2015 Continuum Free verselife,
12/18/2015 Stardust Blanket Rhymechildren,love,
12/17/2015 Sweet Remembrance of You Rhymesong,
12/15/2015 Veronique Free verselost love,
12/14/2015 Should I Free verselove,
12/12/2015 Snow Globe Magic Rhymechristmas,
12/12/2015 Toy Tree Shapechristmas,
12/10/2015 Do Echoes Hide Free verseinspirational,
12/9/2015 Forever Free verselove,marriage,
12/9/2015 Yoda, An Ode to the Force Free versefaith,love,
12/8/2015 Snowflakes Sonnetsnow,
12/6/2015 Nighttime Musings Free versesensual,
12/6/2015 Silent Night Kyriellechristmas,
12/3/2015 Butterflies Free versenature,
12/3/2015 Where It's Safe For Them Terzanelleloss,
11/25/2015 The Dreamer Coupletfunny,
11/24/2015 Am I Blessed Rhymewriting,
11/23/2015 Never Really Gone Rhymelove,
11/21/2015 Suspicion Always Haunts the Guilty Mind Free verseinspiration,
11/19/2015 In the Meadow Sonnetwar,
11/18/2015 Candy Free verseemotions,
11/12/2015 Mirror of Memories Trioletage,
11/11/2015 Darkness to Light Sonnetfaith,
11/10/2015 A Winter Night Quintain (English)winter,
11/9/2015 Thanksgiving Quatrainthanksgiving,
11/9/2015 The Barbs of Life Sonnetlife,
11/7/2015 Wrongs Sonnetlife,
11/5/2015 Winter Dodoitsuwinter,
11/5/2015 Dungeons of the Soul Villanellelife,
11/3/2015 Birthday Girl Sonnetbirthday,life,
10/29/2015 Distant Thoughts Sonnetlife,love,
10/29/2015 Stay Sonnetself,
10/29/2015 Summer Days Free verselife,seasons,youth,
10/28/2015 The Bard of Avon Sonnetart,poetry,
10/28/2015 My Love Sonnetlove,
10/26/2015 I Wonder Free verselife,
10/26/2015 The Moon is My Muse Sonnetmoon,
10/25/2015 The Stage Free versefear,life,
10/25/2015 New England Conversation Rhymelanguage,
10/23/2015 December Personificationdecember,
10/22/2015 cotton candy trees Haikuautumn,
10/22/2015 A Funny Sonnet for Kids Sonnetfunny,inspirational,
10/20/2015 Black and White Sonnetlife,
10/19/2015 Homeward Bound Rhymefaith,love,war,
10/19/2015 Homeless Terzanellelife,sad,
10/18/2015 Pyrrhic Victory Blank versewar,
10/18/2015 Eden Sonnetinspirational,
10/18/2015 Vespa Swarm Sonnetwar,
10/17/2015 The Night Stalker Rhymehalloween,
10/16/2015 Born A Smile Sonnetlife,
10/13/2015 Juliet Italian Sonnetlove,
10/13/2015 In The Meadow Sonnetwar,
10/13/2015 Years of our Youth Free verselife,
10/12/2015 Escape Sonnetbereavement,
10/12/2015 Within a Storm Sonnetinspirational,
10/11/2015 The Zombies of Halloween Sonnethalloween,
10/11/2015 Happy Tears Rhymeeulogy,
10/7/2015 Await The Breeze Sonnetage,life,
10/6/2015 The Rose Rhymelove,
10/3/2015 Ambrosia Narrativefood,
10/3/2015 Tumbling Home Rhymehalloween,
10/2/2015 Making Music Free versenostalgia,old,
10/2/2015 My Sister's Collage Free verseremember,
10/1/2015 Period Personificationfunny,
9/30/2015 My Sleeping Child Free versechild,mother daughter,
9/29/2015 Culinary Sonnet Sonnetfood,
9/27/2015 Twilight Zone Free verselife,
9/25/2015 If I Was the Rain Free verselife,
9/25/2015 Mystic Castle Free verselife,
9/24/2015 Jane Eyre Crown of Sonnetslife,love,
9/19/2015 D Day Italian Sonnetwar,
9/19/2015 A Daydream Sonnetlove,
9/19/2015 Two Bits Free verselife,

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PoemTitleFormCategories
Violin Personificationdeath,love,rose,
Evening Walk Free verseintrospection,life,nature
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Why I Weep Italian Sonnetnatureme,
LONG DISTANT DREAM Rhymenature,
An Invitation to Dance Sonnetmusic,nature,
Secrets of the Stream Free verseintrospection,nature
Grandpa Coupletchildhood,loss,sadold,chi
Double Phantasy Free versebaby,loss,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,
The Jaded Eye Sonnetdeath,love,heart,heart,
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,
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,
KINETIC 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
Sepia Recollections 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 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,
-----night train------ -reverse poem- Rhymegoodbye,lost love,sad lov
Doorways to Yesterday Free versememory,
Mother and Child Narrativeangel,baby,beautiful,birt
Mending life Free verseanalogy,
You Caught The Wind Free versedeath of a friend,nostalg
Cinder Girl Rhyme 
Love Poem - 29 Free verselife,love,passion,peace,w
The Universe of You Coupletautumn,beautiful,love,rai
A Tale of Fire and Ice Rhymedream,fire,love,lust,
The Soup Reich Free versesatire,slam,
Hold Back The Sun Free verselove,morning,passion,
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,
remembrance Free versememory,
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
Hands Across Time Narrativeintrospection,

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