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Felix Seely: A Spoon River Poem

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Felix means "lucky, successful."

Seely means "happy, fortunate."

Now there are special classes for those like me-- "special-needs" people. That sounds so much kinder than the harsh terms in use when I was alive: "retarded," "not bright." The people in my little Southern hometown seemed to think such descriptions were acceptable if they were accompanied by "Bless his heart!" Oh, they didn't think I heard, but I did. Most "normal" people in town really loved me; others simply couldn't hide their pity. While those around me went to school and college, played their sports, married, had families, and went to work, I learned from them, my family, and the town. As I loved the Lord and people, laughed, lived, and grew wise in my own way, I observed some who lived good lives--busy, but not too busy to care and listen. From my sheltered spot, I watched others as they multi-tasked, made money, got promotions, built big houses, and drove expensive cars, but never really listened to anyone except superiors, who demanded their allegiance. These people failed to care until they couldn't care. Pity "normal" folks with hardened hearts, unseeing eyes, and unhearing ears--the ones who pity those like me. entered in Skat A's Premiere Contest Number 13 on September 24, 2016

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Date: 4/11/2016 3:47:00 AM
This poem is excellent Janice! Congratulations on your super win! #7 ; )
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/11/2016 8:07:00 AM
Thank you, Connie. I do love those 7's! Janice
Date: 4/10/2016 11:16:00 PM
Janice, Congratulations on your LOVE OF POETRY win. ~always~ LINDA
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/11/2016 12:57:00 AM
Thanks so much, Linda. Janice
Date: 4/10/2016 7:36:00 PM
Congrats on your placement in this contest, well deserved
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/10/2016 8:24:00 PM
Thank you, Brian. Janice
Date: 4/10/2016 2:40:00 PM
Congratulations on your placement Janice. ..Hugs, Abo
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/10/2016 7:33:00 PM
Thank you so much, Abo. Janice
Date: 4/10/2016 1:09:00 PM
Back to congratulate you on your placement in the contest, Janice. Peace young lady:)
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/10/2016 1:48:00 PM
Daniel, thanks so much. Janice
Date: 4/10/2016 12:48:00 PM
Janice, congrats on your placement :)-luloo
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/10/2016 1:49:00 PM
Thanks so much, Luloo. Janice
Date: 4/10/2016 12:32:00 PM
Great job Janice. Very sharp line breaks with easy transitions topped off by the inversion of thought in the last couplet. Wonderfully done. Thanks for entering the contest.
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/10/2016 1:50:00 PM
Thank you, John, for your kind words and for sponsoring the contest. Janice
Date: 4/5/2016 11:05:00 AM
how compassionately relayed; just beautiful, janice.. huggs
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/5/2016 1:49:00 PM
Nette, thank you so much for these encouraging words. Janice
Date: 4/4/2016 8:33:00 PM
I remember those days. It's a stretch, you being mentally challenged. The poem is awesome and truthful. Has a great message. Peace my friend:)
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/5/2016 1:55:00 PM
Thank you so much for these encouraging words, Daniel. A couple of special-needs--and very blessed--men in my community inspired the poem. Janice