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My poem is patterned after John Crowe Ransom's "Blue Girls." I suppose you could call it a parody. His poem appears below mine. Styling in your leggings, wildly designed, Strutting to classes in your modern schools— While texting. Roll your eyes at those old fools Who think they're so refined. Toss back the pink extensions in your hair, And think no more of SAT's at all. But plan to meet bff's at the mall To shop for earrings there. Make duck-face selfies while guys who watch dream about your lovely, well-toned flesh so tight. It will sag some day, bringing no delight— in spite of firming creams. You think I don't know beauty, but I do! I know a woman with a poison tongue and beady eyes that used to be bright-blue. She turned heads near and far when she was young and surely knocked the shine off all of you. Note: "BFF's" means Best Friends Forever. Also, I've heard that the fish gape pose is now more popular than the duckface pose! Date: February 15, 2021 Contest Title: Open Poetry 2 Sponsor: Charlotte Puddifoot "Blue Girls" by John Crowe Ransom (American poet, critic, essayist, and instructor, 1888-1974) Twirling your blue skirts, travelling the sward Under the towers of your seminary, Go listen to your teachers old and contrary Without believing a word. Tie the white fillets then about your hair And think no more of what will come to pass Than bluebirds that go walking on the grass And chattering on the air. Practice your beauty, blue girls, before it fail; And I will cry with my loud lips and publish Beauty which all our power shall never establish, It is so frail. For I could tell you a story which is true; I know a woman with a terrible tongue, Blear eyes fallen from blue, All her perfections tarnished--yet it is not long Since she was lovelier than any of you. found at allpoetry.com/blue-girls Date: February 15, 2021 Contest Title: Open Poetry 2 Sponsor: Charlotte Puddifoot

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Date: 2/21/2021 11:22:00 AM
Hi Janice, asorry this comes a little late but it is with heartfelt congratulations on your POTD. A creative write on Typical teenage girls! Blessing and hugs, Jennifer
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Date: 5/28/2021 8:40:00 PM
I didn't know this message was here! THANK you so much!
Date: 2/21/2021 9:49:00 AM
Dear Janice, your poem made me smile and I could certainly relate with three daughters. I enjoyed your poem the most. I am putting it into my faves! Belated congratulations on your POTD honor. I loved this! Blessings xxoo
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Date: 5/28/2021 8:41:00 PM
I just realized this wonderful message was here, Connie! THANK you so much!
Date: 2/19/2021 4:56:00 AM
Very descriptive and expressive creative work that tells it like it is ..Enjoyed reading your POTD. Sara
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Date: 2/19/2021 10:34:00 AM
Thanks so much, Sara. Janice
Date: 2/18/2021 11:09:00 AM
Nice idea...Enjoyed the message here...Congratulations Janice Canerdy on POTD.
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Date: 2/18/2021 6:59:00 PM
Thanks so much, Arturo. Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 9:37:00 PM
Dear Sara, some childhood memories were either so wonderful OR so hurtful that we never forget the. I'm sure you were loved, and writing about them does help to easy the grief. I'm glad to see it's now become the potd.
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Date: 2/17/2021 9:44:00 PM
Thanks so much, L. Milton. Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 7:08:00 PM
Oh my ! This photo matches your words perfectly. There is so much truth within. Congratulations Janice, on Poem of the Day. :) Brandy
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Date: 2/17/2021 8:29:00 PM
Thanks so much, Brandy. Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 5:06:00 PM
Delightful! Congrats and high fives on your POTD!
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Date: 2/17/2021 8:27:00 PM
Sam, thanks so much. Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 2:07:00 PM
A fun poem Janice, congratulations on POTD!
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Date: 2/17/2021 2:53:00 PM
Thanks so much, Tania. Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 12:22:00 PM
Well said, Janice. Congrats on your POTD! Well deserved with this great piece. Hugs, Carolyn
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Date: 2/17/2021 12:36:00 PM
Thanks so much, Carolyn. Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 11:18:00 AM
fantastic update framed in the socioeconomic and fashion fantasy of passing generations. Beautifully written with a hint of tongue in cheek humor.
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Date: 2/17/2021 12:35:00 PM
John, thanks a million! Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 10:19:00 AM
Back with congrats on POTD, Janice, with this creative 'tell-it-like-it-is' poem. Best wishes, Gershon
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Date: 2/17/2021 12:35:00 PM
Thanks so much, Gershon. Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 8:05:00 AM
Congratulations on your p.o.t.d. win. A creative and fun write. Good Luck in the contest. Have a blessed day....................
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Date: 2/17/2021 12:34:00 PM
Thanks so much, Paula. Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 7:58:00 AM
Janice, wonderful writing and congratulations on receiving POEM OF THE DAY, well done _Constance
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Date: 2/17/2021 12:33:00 PM
Constance, thanks so much. Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 7:47:00 AM
Fabulous poem, Janice, and congratulations on potd...
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Date: 2/17/2021 12:33:00 PM
Thanks so much, Akkina. Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 5:50:00 AM
BIG congrats Janice on poem of the day. Great write on parallel tracks with Blue Girls.
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Date: 2/17/2021 6:52:00 AM
Thanks so much, Vijay! Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 5:00:00 AM
- Congratulations on your excellent p.o.t.d., Janice :) - Luck in the contest :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 2/17/2021 6:53:00 AM
Thanks so much, Anne-Lise. Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 4:36:00 AM
Congratulations on Potd. Wonderful parody. Must read for all young girls. Take care Rama
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Date: 2/17/2021 6:54:00 AM
Thanks so much, Rama. Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 4:35:00 AM
Congratulations Janice on POTD. LOL It is a fact, the older we get, the more our faces show the roads we've traveled, and very few, if any, retain that youthful gleam in their eyes but oh, the stories we can tell. Wonderful to read you again, my dear.
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Date: 2/17/2021 6:55:00 AM
Daniel, thanks a million. Great to hear from you! Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 3:44:00 AM
Congratulations on your potd, Janice. Those girls think they're 'all that!' There's nothing cute about fish face poses. lol
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 2/17/2021 6:59:00 AM
Thanks so much, Jenna! I can tolerate duck-face on teenagers, but some adults do it! LOL! Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 3:35:00 AM
This is amazing.. I love it. God bless you always and congrats on POTD... Love and prayers, Gina
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Date: 2/17/2021 7:15:00 AM
Gina, thanks a million! Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 1:49:00 AM
Love how you brought this into the 21 st century, well written Janice, congratulations on POTD. Tom
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Date: 2/17/2021 7:17:00 AM
Tom, thanks so much! Janice
Date: 2/17/2021 1:36:00 AM
Dropping back with many congrats on POTD:_) hugs jan xx
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Date: 2/17/2021 7:18:00 AM
Thanks so much, Jan. Janice
Date: 2/15/2021 5:22:00 PM
Enjoyed your Muse on the darlings of today, Janice. I think it was Mark Twain who is quoted as remarking: 'Youth is wasted on the young.' Superb contest entry! Take good care, Gershon
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Date: 2/16/2021 10:35:00 AM
Thanks so much, Gershon. Janice
Date: 2/15/2021 4:36:00 PM
Hello Janice … parady or not, you’ve certainly delivered the verse that is modern - well done Janice - Lindsay
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Date: 2/16/2021 10:35:00 AM
Thanks so much, Lindsay. Janice
Date: 2/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
one word WOW!!!!:-) hugs Jan xx into my faves for so many reasons!!!
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 2/15/2021 4:29:00 PM
Jan, THANKS A MILLION! Janice