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Life is an infinite continuum, feeding on its own death. Our mortality, real and imagined, lives within. We can always see these truths with a discerning eye. The mirrored images that seem like two, are but one, a parallel universe whose paths cross like a wisp of wind, we are all of one time, like prose and poems written in separate centuries, but of the same struggle. There, always there, truth never hides, except for those who don’t seek it  for fear of what they might find. From light to dark we fly in different directions though toward the same destination. What matters is what we do on our flight. Do we see the paths of leaves as they float on the pond, the reflection of the sky beyond, and the trees, who have now shed their leaves but will reflect full in the spring; beneath the leaves, the roots of the lily pads  and the stare of a wary carp who looks from his world as we do from ours? We must find time on our journey to read, play a game, or simply sit and wonder at the marvels around us, for death will come in its own time…

Welcome Karen Ruff


Blog Posted:1/10/2014 11:29:00 AM
Karen, thanks so much for sharing your poems with us and posting a challenging and interesting opportunity for us all!  Seldom does anyone here offer publication as reward for a contest!  Many here chase the world of poetry magazines and are honored by an occasional publication.  You of course will credit the poets you choose in your publication and secure their permission.  Karen, there is no need to provide any credentials for anyone here for any contest ever!!  Personally it would be an honor to be included in your, at least from this poet's point of view, worthy enterprise.  Make sure that your soup mail is open and available and personally contact each poet you would like to include and copy their response and you are covered.  Rarely does anyone get compensated monetarily for publications so just indicate that they won't be.  Good luck, and BTW your corrections in your contest rules seem to have taken care of any ambiguity. Thank You again Karen, and welcome to the soup!  Whataya say guys, let's welcome Karen, I'll bet she feels a tad punch drunk right now-----so how bout some hugs!!!!
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  1. Date: 1/11/2014 12:39:00 PM
    Just one more note on anyone who wants to try for the poetry competition. Keep in mind that this one is for 8th graders--and the ones who are actually using the text--sort of test driving it as it is completed--just happen to be boys! So if you can write sonnets about things 13 yr old boys might relate to--animals, hunting, cars, camping, boy scouts, biking, or you name it. So many sonnets are either about love or death. They're great, of course, but try finding stuff that 13 year old boys like in terms of poetry.

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    Thomas Avatar FJ Thomas Date: 1/11/2014 6:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Lol I'm glad you said that! I can imagine their faces reading some of mine lol! Will try to think of something interesting to them.
  1. Date: 1/11/2014 12:01:00 PM
    Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments. And I don't mind answering serious questions. I'm just not going to be a tool for someone else's ego trip. OF COURSE, I will ask permission of those in the contest or anyplace else that I find poetry or stories or whatever that might be included. It's actually an ongoing project with a story behind it that I won't put here. Home schoolers are a different world and have opportunities to access literature, history, and whatever else that is not longer taught in our "revisionist" emphasis public schools. The actual text is electronic with the supporting materials available in print. It's about 3/4 finished.

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 10:33:00 PM
    Hello Karen, call me Bell:)

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 8:44:00 PM
    Welcome Karen, I am about to finish a sonnet written for the contest, Karen.

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 8:31:00 PM
    Nice meeting you again Karen, thank you for the little information. SKAT

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 6:02:00 PM
    yes to Giorgio's question below. I see this happen all the time. Well, at least in the anthologies I have been part of, there was no monetary compensation. On a few occasions I was given a free copy of the publication but usually all who took part also bought their own copies (at discounted price). I never had anything but trust in your contest and your wonderful idea to use our work in your book, Karen, if we should be deemed fortunate to be included. To be a small part of something like this meant for the education of children would be priceless.

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 3:43:00 PM
    As Craig has stated, many journals and smaller publications only offer publication, no pay. Another way of looking at this, is that someone saw something wonderful in the poems at Soup, worthy enough to want to compile them into a teaching manual for children. I once hosted a contest called, "the Great Poetry Release." The premise was this: Write a poem and leave it somewhere public, with their name of course. Some, tuck them into church bibles. One, tucked it into a jewelry box and left the box on a park bench. Poetry is ours. It is ours to either keep or to give away. It is the poet's choice. I like Karen's contest idea and wish her and all poets who support her book best wishes.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 1/10/2014 4:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Cyndi, and your one about the alphabet was also fun, but I know just for Verity but still.
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 3:23:00 PM
    welcome Karen, i too have read your poetry will comment eventually...

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    Thomas Avatar FJ Thomas Date: 1/10/2014 3:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Lol Harry...they're wonderful comments when you do get around to them though!
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 2:42:00 PM
    Welcome to you Karen......and thank you Craig, for reaffirming that Soupers are friendly, open hearted, and trust each other until proven wrong. I hope to check out your contest, Karen. Good luck!

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    Thomas Avatar FJ Thomas Date: 1/10/2014 3:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    HEY THERE CARRIE!! ;)
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 2:30:00 PM
    Thank you for also including the fact that she will be asking for permission first Craig; this is useful information to those interested. Had you not let us know it may have taken us a while to realize Karen is offering this opportunity :) For someone just starting out, testing the waters with a poem or two sometimes helps.

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 2:19:00 PM
    welcome aboard, karen.. i never doubted your presence and intention here on soup.. may your integrity inspire others to think well of generous acts rather than doubt the sincerity you grace us with... hope to read more from your page!.. thanks, huggs!

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 1:50:00 PM
    Hello, Karen! Nice to meet you and welcome to the Soup. Please, forget (actually, ignore!) the incident regarding your contest. Almost the majority of the Soupers (99,99%) doesn't have delusions of inflated worth, power, or knowledge ... nor they believe themselves to be CIA agents or the reincarnation of Sir William ... : D! So, nothing happened. : D

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    Thomas Avatar FJ Thomas Date: 1/10/2014 8:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yikes....uh no, physical we do not do! London Fog for a dollar huh?? He had more than Turret Syndrome going on thinking that would pass! Glad it didn't get any more serious though ;)
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/10/2014 8:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Flo, ohhhhhhhh yeah. I was patient with him, because he also had turrets syndrome. One day he asked for a coat, a LONDON FOG, for a buck. I said I couldn't do it, but I had another for him that would fit, for just a few dollars. He threw a magazine in my face. That was it. Out he went with a ban. Physical I don't accept.
    Thomas Avatar FJ Thomas Date: 1/10/2014 5:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Cyndi LOLOL! I'm guessing you were glad when that day ended ;)
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 1/10/2014 5:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Still I don't get it... but if it's something bad, I don't want to know.
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 1/10/2014 4:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    To Flo: almost! : D I've been behaving 99,99%! LOL. To Cyndi: yes, many times, people with personality disorders amuse us creating hilarious episodes. To Giorgio: I didn't know that expression (peter out), thanks for the enlightenment. I remember that you're an "etymological" person; so check the meaning of irony ... it's sarcasm! : D Giorgio, don't take it personal ...
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/10/2014 3:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I used to manage a Sally Ann thrift shop. I once had to deal with a man who thought he WAS Elvis... not joking. One day he decided to strip IN the store, not IN the changeroom... let's just say, I've lol... seen it all.
    Thomas Avatar FJ Thomas Date: 1/10/2014 3:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey Ruben! Been behaving I hope! hm...the irony of irrelevance ;)
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 1:47:00 PM
    Looking forward to reading from your work; welcome to the site Karen :)

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 1:36:00 PM
    A very warm welcome from me to you, Karen!

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 1:06:00 PM
    Welcome. Looking forward to the inspiration :)

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 12:41:00 PM
    Hi!!!Welome to P.S karen !!

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 12:08:00 PM
    Craig, well said...bravo. David

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    Williams Avatar David Williams Date: 1/10/2014 12:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have commented on Karen's poems....
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 11:57:00 AM
    Hi Karen welcome to the site love, and may you enjoy all your time here xx

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 11:55:00 AM
    Karen, is a sweet gal. when I first welcome her to the soup, I got a nice soup the very next day. nice blog...pd

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 11:43:00 AM
    Nice blog, Craig! I stopped by her poetry... really good stuff! As we say in our household, "She's a keeper!" And I was thinking of your blog and her name and something occurred to me, one of those poetic moments, her name... Karen Ruff... Kare N ruff Care N uff Care enough. You did! Hugs!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 1/10/2014 1:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are the clever one!! LOL
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/10/2014 12:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oops! Welcome, Karen!

My Past Blog Posts

 
A Mother's Ears Contest
Date Posted: 5/18/2015 4:45:00 PM
How to Entertain and Hold an Audience
Date Posted: 5/16/2015 2:43:00 PM
We Need To Read Again
Date Posted: 5/13/2015 11:31:00 AM
A Mother's Ears
Date Posted: 4/20/2015 6:02:00 PM
Intermingle Contest
Date Posted: 4/17/2015 8:10:00 AM
Intermingle Finally Judged
Date Posted: 4/16/2015 4:29:00 PM
Damn Meter
Date Posted: 4/10/2015 9:04:00 AM
Sapphic Stanza Contest
Date Posted: 3/17/2015 10:41:00 AM
It's Eileen's Fault
Date Posted: 3/15/2015 2:30:00 PM
New Poets / Old Poems
Date Posted: 3/7/2015 10:04:00 AM
Manassian Quintain Finally Judged
Date Posted: 2/17/2015 4:14:00 PM
Intermingle Contest
Date Posted: 2/16/2015 3:08:00 PM
Start Thinking
Date Posted: 1/21/2015 4:32:00 PM
Little Angel
Date Posted: 1/9/2015 8:17:00 AM
New Contest Manassian Quintain
Date Posted: 1/7/2015 9:48:00 AM
Thomas Sowell
Date Posted: 12/23/2014 10:19:00 AM
Chopped III Judged
Date Posted: 12/21/2014 11:37:00 AM
Some Children See Him
Date Posted: 12/21/2014 7:57:00 AM
An Eye For An Eye
Date Posted: 12/20/2014 10:16:00 PM
Memories Like Cyndi's Pageant
Date Posted: 12/17/2014 9:03:00 PM
Passing
Date Posted: 12/15/2014 1:34:00 PM
Cops are all Bad
Date Posted: 12/9/2014 3:23:00 PM
Birches by Robert Frost
Date Posted: 11/30/2014 12:39:00 PM
Chopped III
Date Posted: 11/16/2014 11:41:00 AM
Mama's Letter We Need Smiles
Date Posted: 11/12/2014 7:20:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
5/24/2015 Summer Fun Trioletfun,summer,
5/8/2015 Synbiotic Symmetry Ekphrasisgarden,life,
5/1/2015 Workshop Poem: Lost and Found Free verselife,
4/2/2015 shrinking snow Tankamemory,
4/1/2015 Chase the Wind Quatrainnature,
3/27/2015 Blossoms and Bubbles Sonnetlove,memory,
3/24/2015 bruised peaches Tankawar,
3/16/2015 velvet lips Tankalove,nature,
3/15/2015 the old coaster Haikulife,nature,
3/13/2015 Unbowed Sonnetfaith,life,
3/8/2015 the river's light Tankalove,
3/2/2015 Black and White Sonnetlife,
3/2/2015 Skyward Tankalove,
2/28/2015 The School of Imagination Rhymeimagination,
2/16/2015 Intermingling Thoughts Rhymelife,
2/12/2015 A Wish for Spring Abecedarianseasons,spring,
2/8/2015 scent of the rose Haikulove,
1/30/2015 Dandelion Wine Visual 1 Sijonature,
1/10/2015 Captive Ekphrasisfreedom,
12/18/2014 Trusting The Flame Versepassion,
12/4/2014 Silent Might Verseinspirational,
12/4/2014 Clarence Odbody Clerihewfunny,
12/2/2014 the gift of the Magi Free verselove,
11/29/2014 monoku 1 Monokunature,
11/26/2014 Empty Hearts Versehope,love,
11/24/2014 The Debutante's Ball Rhymedance,
11/22/2014 Write of Love Free verselove,war,
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,
11/2/2014 In The End Blank versefaith,love,
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,
10/12/2014 The Stage Blank verselife,
10/11/2014 Light Years Versespace,
10/6/2014 Hostage Rispettodepression,war,
10/6/2014 November Dreams Sijoautumn,
10/1/2014 Lights of Night Free verselife,
9/30/2014 Pickett's Charge Blank versewar,
9/26/2014 Eden Sonnetlife,
9/25/2014 Keepers of the Flame Verselife,
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,
9/7/2014 On the Cusp of Winter Free verseautumn,
9/7/2014 The Old Man Rhymelife,nature,
9/5/2014 I'll Leave You My Tears Rhymelove,lyric,song,
9/5/2014 Peal the Bells Blank versetime,
9/2/2014 The Looking Glass Rhymeintrospection,
8/31/2014 How Could I Know Trioletfunny,
8/31/2014 Autumn Alouette Verseautumn,
8/26/2014 A Note To My Sis Free verselife,
8/21/2014 Morning's Veil Ottava rimamorning,nature,
8/19/2014 Foodles Footlefunny,
8/18/2014 The Lady Rhymefantasy,love,
8/16/2014 No Matter Where I Roam Rhymetravel,
8/13/2014 a tropical morn Haikunature,
8/9/2014 Perfect Free verselife,
8/9/2014 The Muted Rose Iambic Pentameterinspirational,
8/8/2014 Until I Hold You Near Rhymewar,
8/6/2014 Night Owl Rhymenature,
8/4/2014 The Final Call Versedeath,
8/4/2014 Alauda Versenature,
8/4/2014 A Conch Shell Calls Quatrainintrospection,
8/3/2014 Lyrics to Peter White's Life Story Rhymesong,
7/31/2014 Never Really Gone Rhymelove,
7/31/2014 new moon Haikusummer,
7/28/2014 in the summer clouds Haikulife,rain,
7/27/2014 The Virtuoso Verseimagination,sensual,
7/26/2014 Peace and Freedom Verseinspiration,
7/19/2014 Paradise Lost Sonnetlove,war,
7/18/2014 it isn't there Senryuintrospection,
7/16/2014 The Scent of Water Sonnetlove,
7/14/2014 The Doorway Verselife,
7/8/2014 Her Dreams Were Mine Verselove,
7/4/2014 Inhaling The Sea Acrosticloss,
7/3/2014 Dorian Grey Abridged Quatrainfantasy,
6/30/2014 Born A Smile Sonnetlife,
6/26/2014 Life's Path Verselife,
6/19/2014 A Quickie Rhymefun,
6/18/2014 Morning Breaks Acrosticlife,
6/14/2014 At Rest Rhymelife,
6/12/2014 That's It Rhymefunny,
6/9/2014 My Soul Companion Free versedeath,
6/8/2014 Destiny Haikulove,
6/5/2014 Summer Love Sijolove,
6/5/2014 Garden Party Sonnetgarden,
5/31/2014 Tears on the Wind Rhymelife,
5/30/2014 Golden Pond Verselife,

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Fav Poems

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 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
Hands Across Time Narrativeintrospection,

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