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Blog Posted:10/26/2012 6:52:00 AM
I came across this hokku III from an Amy Lowell collection which is so appropriate for a final blog post to record the welcome encouragement my blogs met here at PS

Morning and evening-

Yet for us once long ago

was no division

Bless you all whether you commented on my endeavours or otherwise
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  1. Date: 10/29/2012 7:21:00 AM
    You are one of the bestest ever here at the Soup Brian. I remember the first time I ever had a win in one of your contests. I was so excited. It took so long to get there but with your explaining to us it finally sunk in. It is truly an honor to know you and tell you what an asset you were and always will be here at the Soup. Hope to see you around for many years to come. I will keep you and your wife in my prayers. Please keep us updated when you can Brian. Love and blessings, Carol XXXX

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  1. Date: 10/28/2012 1:58:00 PM
    Dear Brian, Thank-YOU for the Knowledge YOU have taught me about POETRY My Prayers for YOUR Wife's recorvery. See YOU in the Comment Zone LOVE ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Eternal Liege...Harry

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  1. Date: 10/28/2012 8:32:00 AM
    ok Brian, now I get it. Still I will miss your PM status, the blogs and contests!!

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  1. Date: 10/27/2012 10:52:00 PM
    A beautiful posting with your honoring spirit, Brian...God's brightest blessings to u...peek in on my silly stuff whenever u get a chance and then I will know u are back to posting too. I pray your wife's surgery goes well! :) gwendolen

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  1. Date: 10/27/2012 9:36:00 AM
    No Andrea I have NEVER left PS ,as I said in my update I am not renewing my PM but will in due course comment on blogs and post my poetry just as I have done consistently since joining PS in May 2007. This blog is a farewell type of the approx 800 I have posted here over some 5 years.Rgds

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  1. Date: 10/27/2012 8:21:00 AM
    gosh, you are leaving again, Brian? I sure hope you come back. If not, I will bid you farewell and wish you good luck wherever life takes you. Luv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 8:48:00 PM
    Good luck Brian...and good wishes in all you do in future.

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 7:17:00 PM
    Love and best wishes for where ever your journey takes you Brian, Thank you for the many enlightened blog, so many lessons learned,Take care Tracie xxx

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 7:12:00 PM
    :-(..................... sad.... Take care..wish it wasn't so..... PD

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 5:12:00 PM
    Sorry to see you go..Is this permanent or just until your wife is better?...Sara

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    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 10/27/2012 1:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I will be back coomenting on blogs Sara and posting poetry but no more blogs as I am not renewing my PM.
  1. Date: 10/26/2012 4:53:00 PM
    Your blogs were awesome. I really wish they were archived. You and your wife will remain in the thoughts and prayers of soupers, and we hope that when you are able, you can share news. Big hug, proper but warm, from Cyndi... please take care of yourself too, while you see to the Mrs. :)

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    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 10/27/2012 1:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    They are available Cyndi in my Kindle ebook 'Posie Pieces-A Strand Guide' ASIN B008YUHD8.Thanks for your kind comments
  1. Date: 10/26/2012 2:59:00 PM
    We'll miss you Brian. Come back and visit occassionally. And I'll pray for your wife's health to improve.

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 1:55:00 PM
    oh....oh!!!! your "Spaces" Form... unreal imagination cool!!!

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 9:57:00 AM
    Thank you for all the lessons, Brian. I've learned a lot from you. You're a good source of enlightenment! : ) My best wishes to you and your family. Ruben.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 10/26/2012 9:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ...and this is NOT your last Poetry Blog!
  1. Date: 10/26/2012 9:15:00 AM
    A lovely, yet melancholy poem to say farewell ........ but hope it is not a firm goodbye, dear Brian. Thank you for your kind encouragement, for introducing me to fresher ways to express my words, and sharing your wealth of knowledge. With much admiration and respect, I wish you well, but you will be missed. Please know that we will keep your wife in our thoughts, will pray for her swift recovery, and hope to hear from you often.

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 8:30:00 AM
    You will be missed. I really enjoyed reading you art series and looked forward to them every day. i also like the footle, which I believe you invented. Best wishes for a bright future where ever you are.

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 8:00:00 AM
    it's so never know what your missing 'till it's gone......I discovered so much art from your blogs....artists who inspired my feeble attempts at poetry.....just one example....Adelaide Crapsey....thanks Brian! jimbo

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