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This tribute’s to dear Teppo Gren He supported both women and men His account’s now deleted As his friends were mistreated He will not post on PS again’ To newbies, kind words he was gifting His comments sincere and uplifting Now Teppo has left I feel quite bereft To pasture’s new he is now shifting His sonnets were a joy to read He’s removed them as his blog decreed I will miss Teppo’s style And there is no denial It’s a great loss to PS indeed Teppo is a man of great integrity and true to his word he removed his poems and deleted his account today. I know he will be greatly missed by many friends he has made on soup over the last 5 years 04/01/20

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Date: 5/2/2020 12:27:00 AM
His level of integrity, bravery and intellectual honesty is a rare find and he refused to sell them. I am glad you are the same way. Peeps worth knowing and remembering.
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 5/2/2020 8:14:00 AM
Yes he is greatly missed and as for the hypocrisy that is still going on on the site is pretty pathetic like butter wouldn't melt in their mouths but I will never go just keep on penning the poop and trying to make folk smile which is so much needed at the moment:-( hugs jan xx
Date: 4/10/2020 11:50:00 AM
Thank you Jan for your tribute to Teppo. I did not know him well but his comments to me were always positive. I think that those of us remain on PS are in a position to really step up - to remember to fill his empty shoes with the positive encouragement he gave us. Congratulations on your POTW that is a reminder to us. Thank you for your words!
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Date: 4/10/2020 11:56:00 AM
Thanks Sam I am saddened he has gone he was a superb poet and a great supporter of the site, I know he would spend many hours commenting especially to encourage the new poets on the site and welcome them to soup. He will be greatly missed:-( hugs Jan xx
Date: 4/9/2020 2:42:00 PM
I didn't know this chap but very sad to hear this. I hope you got my last email (no rush at all to respond, but mentioning it just in case it's bouncing around, lost in cyberspace forever, LOL). Happy Easter, my friend - keep smiling & making everyone laugh x
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 4/10/2020 8:54:00 AM
I've got the mail Jack, yet to reply... will get yr card in the post... some of our posties have the virus so I am worried they will stop mail off the Island soon, also cases in a care home ... not in mum's but it is very worrying:-( love to you and mum:-) hugs JAN XX
Date: 4/8/2020 9:40:00 AM
congratulations on your POTW he was always a friend to me...I may have come and gone through the last 8 years but Teppo was always supportive of my work and many others and wrote beautifully...I will miss him...
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Date: 4/10/2020 8:53:00 AM
Thanks Sandra:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 4/7/2020 6:45:00 AM
- CONGRATULATIONS WITH P.O.T.W. !!! - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 4/7/2020 8:22:00 AM
We will both miss him so much Anne-Lise, its a blow for the site as he was so supportive especially to the newbies and since his account is deleted I will miss reading his stunning sonnets:-( hugs jan xx
Date: 4/7/2020 5:16:00 AM
Congratulations on this great poem being chosen as POTW my friend. I know this honor shows the importance of taking stand in life- a stand for what is right, what is just. As Teppo did and your fine poem highlights that so very well. Truly a great loss to the Soup- with Teppo now gone.. God bless..
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Date: 4/7/2020 8:21:00 AM
It is such a shame on going issues were not dealt with and Teppo took a stand and left the site he supported so avidly. He will be truly missed especially as he was so welcoming to the new poets on the site:-( There are few people now who have the time to put out the welcome mat to greet the new poets. Take care Robert, keeping on writing and blogging and NEVER be deterred from doing what YOU love:-) hugs Jan XX
Date: 4/7/2020 5:10:00 AM
Back to congratulate Jan on POTW, a well deserved honor with your wonderful tribute to Teppo!
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Date: 4/7/2020 8:17:00 AM
Thanks Tania I am delighted:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 4/5/2020 8:46:00 AM
Hi Jan, T.J, was a good poet and person. The soup will not be the same without him. He will be missed. Congratulations on getting the poem of the week:-) Alexis
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Date: 4/5/2020 11:44:00 AM
He will be missed in so many ways Alexis, such a shame he left and deleted his account and poems but he is a man of his word:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 4/5/2020 7:06:00 AM
Back with congrats on Jan on POTW. Well deserved too, sad too that a few create an uncomfortable atmosphere on here that causes poets to leave. We have enough stress in our lives and coming on here is supposed to give you a break from outside life. Tom
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Date: 4/5/2020 7:48:00 AM
Yeah I agree Tom, I would love soup to go back to being the same haven it once was for many but sadly these problems have gone on far too long ,as you know Teppo was not targeted himself but made a stand by trying to protect his friend , who knows if things will change now but admin have been very helpful recently and for that I am very grateful:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 4/5/2020 5:24:00 AM
I think I just saw this as POTW, but the glitch in PS that interchanges it from one week to the next is in need of a fix. It's appropriate to have been chosen in honor of T.J. and you, Jan.
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Date: 4/5/2020 5:42:00 AM
Thanks so much Lin for the wonderful news of POTW , I hope Teppo will smile when he finds out:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 4/3/2020 10:05:00 PM
Hello Jan … this is a real shock indeed. He treated me with the utmost respect and I truly did enjoy reading Teppo's poetry. Any poet of Teppo's integrity will be sadly missed - a lovely tribute Jan - Lindsay
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Date: 4/5/2020 5:41:00 AM
Thanks Lindsay, TJ tried to stand up for his friends he didn't leave because he was targeted but because others were. A sad day for soup indeed as he was such an avid supporter of soup and commented and encouraged the newbies. I remember when I joined a bunch of poets 'rolled out the welcome mat' and it certainly made me feel part of the site. I am so happy to learn my tribute got POTW:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 4/3/2020 4:32:00 PM
Lovely touching Jan I myself will also miss him. A sad day for friends of poetrysoup
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Date: 4/5/2020 5:38:00 AM
Mark Pringle is the owner - he's currently advertising his book for sale on the site. hugs Jan xx
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Christopher Flaherty
Date: 4/4/2020 2:17:00 PM
Who runs this site Jan ? Any idea ? Is it 1 of the member's
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 4/3/2020 4:48:00 PM
yeah it is sad on so many levels Christopher, perhaps things will change now admin seem to be dealing with recent issues
Date: 4/2/2020 9:26:00 PM
Guess Teppo's grass was 'greener' on the other side. ~ Rocky Mountain High
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Date: 4/3/2020 3:06:00 AM
Thanks GW it is a sad day for soup when a man of his integrity and a poet of his caliber leaves the site that he loved and supported so well. :-( He will be missed on the site by many of his friends:-( hugs Jan xx
Date: 4/2/2020 5:29:00 PM
Jan, he did not get taken off by Soup, did he?? I mean, did he do it himself to make a statement? I just wish he would not have deleted all the lovely poems he wrote and our lovely comments TO him. I know people who get upset and tear everything down but then later they regret it. I Hope he returns but oh my, I just don't get why he took all his stuff down!
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Date: 4/2/2020 5:49:00 PM
he said he would remove his account on 1st April and he was true to his word, he will not be back on soup Andrea. It makes me so sad as he was such a supporter especially to newbies on the site. He wasn't subjected by the nastiness himself but has seen it going on over recent years and when his dear friend was targeted he did his blog to make a point to admin that they should deal with the bullying. Shame his poems have gone, it's even a greater pity that Teppo has gone:-( hugs jan xx
Date: 4/2/2020 5:29:00 PM
Curses on the trolls still sniffing around here!
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Date: 4/2/2020 5:44:00 PM
yeah wish they would go back under their bridges:-( hugs jan xx
Date: 4/2/2020 1:20:00 PM
It is the same as a few people who put themselves above everyone else resulting in lockdowns and quarantines. It doesn't make sense to me why PS doesn't weed these miscreant out as worthy poems are needed to attract new poets and make the site profitable. Continue telling it as it is! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 4/2/2020 1:39:00 PM
they are trying to lure new people to the site with 'free' membership if you buy the owner's book or place high in the covid 19 contest. got to say a big thanks to admin for dealing with a couple of issues very promptly yesterday:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 4/2/2020 8:45:00 AM
A fine poet Jan who will be missed here on soup. How many more fine poets will leave before something is done to stop bullying and intimidation on this site. Lovely tribute to Teppo. Tom.
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Date: 4/2/2020 1:36:00 PM
It's gone on far too long Tom, perhaps teppo's departure will finally make admin listen to the concerns of souper's. Teppo didn't leave due to being targeted himself but because others were and nothing was done:-( hugs Jan xx
Date: 4/2/2020 7:05:00 AM
No one has been more deserving of an honorable tribute than TJ. He has now joined the ranks of the 'dearly departed.' Just a note of thanks to let you know that he and I are alive, well, and still writing. With your sense of humor, Jan...I thought you would appreciate these words as much as all of us who have enjoyed the poetry and encouraging comments of Teppo Gren. Nicely written.
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Date: 4/2/2020 8:03:00 AM
Thanks Lin, I am so glad you pop in from time to time and haven't deleted your wonderful words and closed your account. I do enjoy the poems you send me which you now post elsewhere. Miss you my friend, there are few of the old guard left here now but I will be staying and try to spread a smile or two and brighten someone's day with my silly poems:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 4/1/2020 9:06:00 PM
Great poem Jan! What a great tribute, I hope he gets to read it. It’s a wonderfully written work of art!
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Date: 4/2/2020 5:53:00 AM
He's messaged me and is really appreciative of the poem and comments:-) Perhaps things will now change as admin are hot on dealing issues that are arising, and thanks for your help with getting those inappropriate comments removed from my other poem:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 4/1/2020 6:17:00 PM
Hello Jan, it is sad that he had to leave. Yes we will all miss him. So very sad. Stay safe, be well, be strong. Enjoy your evening my friend. Hugs .
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 4/4/2020 10:06:00 AM
Jan, i hoe all is well with you. Have a nice day my friend.Stay well.
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 4/1/2020 6:22:00 PM
Thanks for dropping by to comment Darlene:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 4/1/2020 5:29:00 PM
Teppo is indeed a great poet ,kind, generous and honorable man. Your tribute poem to him is a wonderful gift and a revelation of how some sacrifice for the greater good. For the triumph of good over wrong. I shall miss him, miss his wonderful top class poetry and dearly miss composing with him- as we had agreed to do another collaboration just days prior to the trolling incident some started here. Now, I am looking at my path here as well my friend....
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Date: 4/1/2020 5:48:00 PM
Robert please don't follow the same path as TJ and the others who have left the site or are no longer active, we must stay united and prove we are not going to be forced to leave the site . It's gone on far too long and it has to stop and perhaps with teppo posting his blogs and subsequently leaving it is a turning point and admin can finally see what has been going on for years . Stay strong Robert:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 4/1/2020 4:35:00 PM
A beautiful tribute to a wonderful poet. So sad to hear that Teppo is gone from this site. He will be missed. Lovely write Jan. Hugs
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Date: 4/1/2020 4:53:00 PM
Thanks Cecilia, it is such a sad day not only for Teppo but for the site who has lost a great poet and such a supportive member of the community, he will be missed by many:-( hugs jan xx
Date: 4/1/2020 4:13:00 PM
A well written and fitting tribute to someone whose regular and meaningful comments were always an encouragement to me and many others. Thank you Jan.
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Date: 4/1/2020 4:20:00 PM
I think that is the saddest thing Wendy, he was so encouraging especially welcoming new poets and he spent many hours devoting his time to the site and now sadly this is all gone along with his wonderful sonnets. Shame the actions of a few spoil have spoiled it for so many:-( hugs Jan xx
Date: 4/1/2020 3:59:00 PM
An excellent tribute Jan! He will be missed for both his poems and integrity!
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Date: 4/1/2020 4:07:00 PM
Spot on Tania, he is a man of integrity and he tried to stand up to them, and you and I both know what its like to be targeted:-( BUT we will never give in and leave and continue to write on the site and I am thankful admin are now taking our concerns seriously :-) hugs jan xx
Date: 4/1/2020 3:56:00 PM
jan - this is a beautiful and heartfelt tribute. i do not know teppo but am saddened to hear about people on the site who are cruel enough to others to actually cause people to leave. i hope you're right about the administration finally doing something about this...
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Date: 4/1/2020 4:04:00 PM
Ilene its been going on for far too long, Teppo wasn't a target himself but he did witness it happening to other people and he tried to stand up for them. I am sad that many of my friends have either left the site or are no longer active on a place which should be a safe haven to them:-( hugs Jan xx
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