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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 F. J. 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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    A. V. Avatar Giorgio A. V. Date: 1/11/2014 12:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Bell: You will notify me when mrs Karen will announce her University level studies on English literature! Thank you! Call me George! G.
  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 F. J. 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 F. J. Thomas Date: 1/10/2014 3:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

  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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    A. V. Avatar Giorgio A. V. Date: 1/10/2014 5:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Very well said!
  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 F. J. 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 F. J. 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.
    A. V. Avatar Giorgio A. V. Date: 1/10/2014 4:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Irony and sarcasm are both Greek words. It was raining cats and dogs outside! But now it Pitter Patters! I'll Giorgio-out and enjoy the rain.
    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 ...
    A. V. Avatar Giorgio A. V. Date: 1/10/2014 4:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ruben feels groovy because the rain Pitter-Patters outside. He wishes to Peter out and enjoy it.
    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 F. J. 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 ;)
    A. V. Avatar Giorgio A. V. Date: 1/10/2014 2:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Where are your poems, sir? The majority of the Soupers (99.99%) did not remove all of their poems and left irrelevant to ironic comments behind!
  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!

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9/14/2014Poetry Is BornFree versemother,
9/7/2014On the Cusp of WinterFree verseautumn,
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9/5/2014I'll Leave You My TearsRhymelove,lyric,song,
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8/26/2014A Note To My SisFree verselife,
8/21/2014Morning's VeilOttava rimamorning,nature,
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8/16/2014No Matter Where I RoamRhymetravel,
8/13/2014a tropical mornHaikunature,
8/9/2014Perfectly Imperfect PoemsFree verselife,
8/9/2014The Muted RoseIambic Pentameterinspirational,
8/8/2014Until I Hold You NearRhymewar,
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