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THE TEMPERING OF THE SOUL Premiere Contest Winner

I have lived a thousand lives, died a thousand deaths. I have loved women unbounded and fathered an army of children. I have killed and healed, stolen and blessed, fought and fled. Jew, Christian, Muslim I have been-- Buddhist, Hindu and Jain, too. I worshiped the sun and Thor, pagan gods galore.... I was atheist, agnostic, Marxist, and often, just indifferent. I was cruel, I was kind, I was hateful, I was forgiving. I laid waste to cities and wrote operas and symphonies and little songs to dance around forever in your head.... I was poet and philanderer, philosopher and philanthropist, theologian and scientist-- also guard and prisoner, and many, many times, false lover or the one betrayed.... All my lives were dreams, each slipping away to be forgotten early in dawn of the next life, none to be recalled until I awaken in the time beyond time....

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Date: 8/24/2020 4:03:00 AM
- Congratulations on your win, L.J. ... I remember how exciting it was to post my first poem :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/24/2020 10:26:00 AM
Thank you, Anee-Lise, y mi amiga, vaya con Dios siempre!
Date: 8/24/2020 3:16:00 AM
Great first post LJ... This was not really a contest, it was an opportunity to showcase your first poem and I am glad you entered. Thank you.
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/24/2020 10:27:00 AM
Thank you very much for the chance! I can't believe it was that long ago-- feels more like a couple years!
Date: 6/7/2019 4:06:00 PM
You are an accomplished poet my friend..such depth and breadth to your art!
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L. J. Carber
Date: 6/7/2019 10:14:00 PM
Thank you Vijay-- in truth, I am surprised myself: I started writing poetry again at 65 after a 30 year hiatus and have been fortunate enough to be published by both online and print literary magazines [though in reality, the poems seem to write themselves, and on their own timetable!]
Date: 3/19/2019 7:46:00 PM
wow, incredible work. So far of what I have seen this is MY favorite you have written. FAVE
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L. J. Carber
Date: 3/20/2019 10:28:00 AM
Thank you Andrea--though I'm a Christian (probably not a very good one) I have come to suspect the reality of re-incarnation, both from personal experience and logic.
Date: 3/8/2019 2:04:00 PM
Dreams are incredible taking you to places, and being different temperament and people. and wake to the person you really are. But, can those dreams make you a little of what you really want to be. I sometime wish they did. Fantastic write, L.J.
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L. J. Carber
Date: 3/8/2019 5:53:00 PM
Thank you, Eve-- and yes, I wonder that about dreams as well.
Date: 7/5/2018 9:59:00 PM
I adore your poem L. J. You've expressed so poetically your soul's plan for reaching higher fruits of divinity through lesson learned in lives lived. A deep spiritual masterpiece and a fav! I've written a similar piece titled; 'Odyssey Of A Soul' expressing a soul entering a new age of enlightenment.. could please read when you have a chance, I'd be honored, though it does not compare with the dramatic time travel artistry of your glorious poem - I think you might enjoy! Warmest wishes ~Susan.. p.s. Belated congrats on your well deserved trophy win!
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Date: 6/5/2017 9:21:00 PM
wow
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L. J. Carber
Date: 6/7/2017 11:32:00 AM
Thank you! I am being serious when I say I consider 'Wow' to be one of the highest forms of praise in English-- much appreciated.
Date: 6/5/2017 5:48:00 PM
Congratulations on your top win. Excellent imagery and metaphor.
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L. J. Carber
Date: 6/7/2017 11:33:00 AM
Thank you very much!
Date: 6/5/2017 2:44:00 PM
Enjoyed reading congratulations on your win :-)
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L. J. Carber
Date: 6/7/2017 11:34:00 AM
Thank you, Eve.
Date: 6/5/2017 9:33:00 AM
A tremendous piece, congrats on top placement.
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L. J. Carber
Date: 6/7/2017 11:34:00 AM
Thanks Richard, I appreciate it.
Date: 6/5/2017 9:07:00 AM
Congratulations on your win in my contest. It is too beautiful to dissect it with my words. Great stuff. Many wishes, Kai
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L. J. Carber
Date: 6/7/2017 11:35:00 AM
Thank you Kai, for the great honor.
Date: 11/6/2014 6:11:00 AM
many congratulations on your win:-) Hugs jan xx
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Date: 11/5/2014 11:21:00 PM
Congratulations on your win Len.
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Date: 1/27/2013 9:06:00 AM
Len, :-) Congratulations with your featured poem of the week. Glad to see you among the poets on the soups front page. Love your wonderful verse. Have your self a nice & beautiful Sunday... ~PD
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