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Poets at Play

Poets at Play I played with words today – They called to me “Come out and play with us!” Childhood companions Building rhythms like treehouse forts – Playhouses of analogy - Crafting rhymes that follow the leader Into mud pie irony; Playing peek-a-boo with synonyms, Hide and seek with inspiration; Coming out of hiding places in stanzas Stacked like pick up sticks; Patty cake in anagrams – "A tacky pest" like little brothers – Jumping out, to yell “Surprise!” In the “punniest” personifications; Slide down the metaphoric slide To allegories of apple trees; Swing back and forth with double entendre - sky high in the sky; Hang upside down from “jungle-gyms” whistling alliteration Hop scotch acrostics March in meter to rock, paper, scissors - Wondering what to wear and where I Spy anagrams; Building up London Bridge, falling down in metrics, To stand like statues of frozen tag With your friend assonance Taking sides like antonyms in games so like red rover Chasing similes with smiles, to kick the can down the road, Duck and run in duck, duck goose; Measure feet in a leap frog of a blind man’s bluff; Time to come in – come in free verse for the day, Simon says now writing right just as fun As a cat’s cradle at the end of my word play. 4/7/20

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Date: 10/23/2020 5:02:00 AM
Congratulations on a deserved win, Sam. I agree with John Watt: It's good to see you in touch with your inner child. You so masterfully weave this poem into a masterpiece.
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Date: 10/21/2020 12:38:00 PM
This brilliant style of yours - juxtaposing and merging two categories into one poem comes out to play again, to great effect. I loved every line and read it 3 times to maximize the enjoyment. You are really in tune with your playful inner child. "Chasing similes with smiles" - many smiles here, Sam. Going in my faves. Congratulating your #1 win! Many blessings ~ John
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Date: 10/21/2020 10:56:00 AM
Congratulations on the win. A day at play and fun. A cute write. Enjoy your win..............
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Date: 10/21/2020 5:54:00 AM
Delightful Sam! Congratulations on the win! Linda
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Date: 10/20/2020 11:13:00 PM
I really enjoyed your poem. Congratulations on your win. I love to play with words also. :-)
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Date: 10/20/2020 10:00:00 PM
Congrats on producing a top winner with these magical combination of words! You must have put in a lot of thought into careful construction this poem! well done!
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Date: 10/20/2020 9:02:00 PM
BIG CONGRATS to win TOP. Hugs
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Date: 10/20/2020 7:00:00 PM
Sam, kudos on your poetic placement at the top of the lot with this clever piece. Well deserved. Congratulations.
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Date: 10/20/2020 5:15:00 PM
Nice one for the theme! ... To allegories of apple trees; Swing back and forth with double entendre - sky high in the sky/ Congratulations!
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Date: 10/20/2020 3:55:00 PM
"Taking sides like antonyms" - very clever. Like synonyms, I'm with you on this one Sam. I love the word play. :)
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 10/25/2020 5:27:00 PM
Thank you so much Gary. I love it when the inner child gets loose, like a child on a playground! I agree, word play is fun and I feel happy to know you enjoyed this playful romp through the field of poetic devices. Hope you are well. Sending you a harvest of all the best!
Date: 10/20/2020 3:49:00 PM
Sam this poem is so befitting a poets mode of thinking and how they express with their words. Thanks for reminding of how fun this process truly is.
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 10/25/2020 5:20:00 PM
You are so very welcome. This theme was like a play date with some of my favorite words and memories. Thank you for your lovely message. All the best!
Date: 10/20/2020 2:58:00 PM
An entertaining anecdote, Sam, amusing fit, "Duck and run in duck, duck goose;", and many similar lines of engaging wits, my compliments on your honorable placement, Aloha! William
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 10/25/2020 5:19:00 PM
William, thank you not only for your placement but all of your encouraging support. This was a wonderful, engaging theme that brought out so much creativity here at the soup! Thank you for all that you and and all that you contribute, my friend! Aloha!
Date: 4/8/2020 2:16:00 PM
Wonderful, full of imagery..excellent poetry Sam--congrats on your podium win.
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 10/25/2020 5:15:00 PM
Thank you so much Vijay. You wonderful, gracious message inspires me especially coming from a master wordsmith! Harvest blessings my friend.
Date: 4/8/2020 1:13:00 PM
Hello Sam Kauffman, a nice play on words in a poem. Enjoyed it. Be safe. Enjoy your day my friend.
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Date: 4/8/2020 12:57:00 PM
You are so childish Sam. I wish I could be too. Then I might write good like you. Terrific funfest of wordplay Sam, congrats on your placement. Ya done good.
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 4/9/2020 4:43:00 PM
"Tanks" Greg for your congratulations!. I do love your writing for it has a very playful spirit! This was a fun "play date" with my word friends. I hope there will be many a play date for all of us. You just never know when they are going to "show up!" yelling surprise!
Date: 4/7/2020 11:32:00 PM
You take me back Sam, the poetry is superb, just what i need in these times of doom and gloom..Thanks Mate..
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 4/8/2020 12:02:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Writing this poem did take me back to carefree days of childhood - to sunny afternoons and the faces of childhood friends. It was fun to figure out the connections between poetic elements and childhood games. Sending you many blessings and words to write!
Date: 4/7/2020 8:56:00 PM
You, my friend are on quite a playful roll! Keep 'em coming. Love it! Light and Joy, Gershon
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 4/7/2020 11:00:00 PM
Hi Gershon! Thank you! As writers we are so blessed to have words as playmates. They don't talk back but sometimes hide. Meet you at the jungle gym! Many blessings my friend!
Date: 4/7/2020 6:20:00 PM
Sam, your parallel railroad tracks of childhood games and poetic elements is such a delight to read and recall bygone fun! "Chasing similes with smiles, to kick the can down the road" was my fave, but the measuring feet was a highlight too. So many games I had forgotten about; thanks for the journey in your time machine!
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Date: 4/7/2020 10:57:00 PM
Hi John, thought you might enjoy the playfulness of this poem! Researching children's games also brought back so many wonderful childhood memories of roller skating, summer nights of hide and seek, tetherball on the street sign on the corner. Here's to a virtual play date - I'll bring the cookies! Soup mail!
Date: 4/7/2020 6:10:00 PM
Writing can be such a great pass time and such a healing experience, aren't you glad you are a writer Sam, I know I am, thank you for sharing, have a great evening. xo
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Date: 4/7/2020 3:21:00 PM
what a fun read this one was... took me back to my childhood and all the fun games we played... shame the kids of today don't really have that experience like we did... enjoyed this one Sam... hugs
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 4/7/2020 3:43:00 PM
I had forgotten how many games we played growing up! You are right - our kids, in this age, miss out on so much fun with their noses glued to cell phones and video games. At least all of us who write get to experience again the fun of these games. So glad you enjoyed it. Sending "beads" of prayer your way.
Date: 4/7/2020 2:43:00 PM
A great read Sam. Very clever. I love it.
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Date: 4/7/2020 3:02:00 PM
Have been working on this idea for a while - with all of this "extra" time, it finally came together. So glad you enjoyed it. I thought it might be fun. It was fun to put together and brought back so many memories of childhood. Thank you for your visit and encouragement - always! Be blessed. Stay well.