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Entered into "Your Best Free Verse Contest" sponsored by Chantelle

I can't really say for sure my best free verse I ever wrote, but this has been my most popular one here

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My poems are conceived, not within the womb, which long time now has been devoid of seed. My poems are born from a need to be heard: my thoughts, passions, sentiments and beliefs. They start as fragments, flecks of ash from my mind's abyss, a restless volcano that never long sleeps. The particles of ash collect and form together. Feverishly I rush to absorb them all as captured words on scribbled scraps of papers, employing metaphor, play on word, or sounds deliberately paced, and grace of rhythm. I mold my poems meticulously to my image, and then they emerge, fatherless but freed. Each, my voice, shares her sisters' ways, but unique, is cradled in the pages of my book, where, satisfied with my labor, I can turn to them and often look as a mother does on her infant babe. Unlike, however, mortal children can do, when I am through with them, they do not change, and fully formed, they rarely disappoint. As some have loved the fruit of my own flesh, I hope they'll love my poem children too. For Natasha L. Scragg's Throwback Challenge Poetry Contest *This poem was posted in 2010, but I think I actually wrote it around 2001. I had been dabbling in poetry for less than a year at that time, and I had written so few poems that I would save them on decorated paper and read them again and again because I felt like I had created magic. Although I had played around with a few love poems and Christmas song parodies in my youth, I did not really see myself as a poet until after 2000 (when I was over 40 years old).

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Date: 3/12/2022 4:01:00 AM
Congrats! Thanks for sharing this gem, and for constantly sharing your talent. God bless you.
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Date: 9/16/2020 9:03:00 AM
I think you should submit this to the Anthology. I could see it as the page 1 poem, setting the tone for the rest of the book!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/16/2020 3:30:00 PM
thanks so much for letting me know this. Also for the fave on the other poem , dear friend.
Date: 6/22/2020 7:53:00 PM
I remember this moving poem Andrea and I agree it is one of your best Free Verse. Congratulations on your second place win! I relate to this passionate piece. xxoo
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Date: 6/22/2020 1:28:00 AM
I love how beautifully you have covered the journey of bubbling emotions and efforts of a poet. Thank you for voicing how much a poet loves own creations after the thoughts, feelings and labor put into them. Congratulations on your win for this splendid piece Andrea. Glad I got to read it :)
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Date: 6/21/2020 11:01:00 AM
A metaphoric beauty, Andrea, and expressed so artistically with much love. Congratulations on your excellent win in Chantelle's contest. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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Date: 6/19/2020 10:31:00 PM
Lovely Andrea, so beautifully written...I could feel the motherly affection... thanks to the sponsor who make the resurfacing of such unique creations, for those who missed them. My heartfelt congratulations on this gem
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Date: 6/19/2020 1:58:00 PM
Still a fave for me, glad to read it again and see it on the podium today. Congrats, my friend ~ John
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Date: 5/30/2020 3:25:00 PM
How beautifully stated Andrea. It truly opens your soul to the reader.
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Date: 5/24/2020 12:21:00 AM
I can absolutely relate, Andrea. Well penned.
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Date: 5/23/2020 10:02:00 AM
I noticed this was one of your earliest entries at PS, but so glad you added it to your list of "10 poems that define me"! It's going in my faves, I love how you expressed what many of us feel. "Flecks of ash from my mind's abyss", wow!
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Date: 4/19/2020 11:43:00 PM
Hi Andrea, back again, with one of your poems from my favourites list...and wow it still as so much impact, i truly love this...and i see 4 pages of comments,,recently, i read APOD with one comment, how times have changed,,although how on earth does one make POTD,,Or my stuff probably has never rated..
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Date: 1/17/2019 7:37:00 PM
What a wonderful metaphoric poem that explains your relationship with creating your poems, Andrea. As I read your poem, I felt that these were my feelings too...indeed they are like children. Congratulations on your Podium win and this one is going into my Faves! Hugs, Sandra
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 1/17/2019 7:43:00 PM
wow Sandra thanks. I actually wrote this when I was starting out and feeling so proud to have like 100 poems under my belt. I had so few that I could view them often in my scrapbook as I describe here. 17 years later, nope, I can't keep track of all the little rascals!!
Date: 1/17/2019 9:41:00 AM
Andrea, we love your poem children too! Congrats for your win on mile 11 of my 2019 Poetry Marathon contest! By continuing to place in the contest you are accumulating points toward the final. ~Mark
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Date: 4/25/2016 7:21:00 AM
Hi Andrea. Congrats for your awesome WIN in the contest!!! ;-)
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Date: 4/23/2016 12:37:00 PM
Adrea, It is really very nice.Congratulations on ur win..........hugs
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Date: 4/22/2016 9:56:00 PM
Your child is fantastic, Andrea. I love it. You are so right about our children of the mind - unlike those of flesh and blood, these stay with us forever! Love you, love your child. ~~~~ kc
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Karam Misra
Date: 4/22/2016 9:57:00 PM
God so overwhelmed, I forgot to congratulate you on your fine win! So congratulations for the top spot, Andrea!
Date: 4/21/2016 2:32:00 PM
Great win Andrea, congratulations so well deserved...
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Date: 4/20/2016 10:59:00 PM
Congrats on ur awesome winning write Andrea..
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Date: 4/20/2016 7:16:00 PM
Hi Andrea, Congrats on your win, excellent poem on the poet's journey.. I love the volcano metaphor. Very moving and rich in imagery. Cheers, Brian
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Date: 4/20/2016 1:02:00 PM
Beautiful write Andrea...Congrats on topping the list...
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Date: 4/20/2016 12:26:00 PM
My fav. too my lovely friend. Loved always, bl
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Date: 4/20/2016 11:51:00 AM
Andrea, congrats on your top placement in the contest!-luloo :)
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Date: 4/20/2016 10:34:00 AM
A great congratulation my lovely friend with wonderful poem. Loved always, bl
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Date: 4/20/2016 10:31:00 AM
Well done Andrea. No wonder you are often number one.
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Date: 4/20/2016 4:59:00 AM
good take on the comp congrats on your win
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