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With Shakespearean romance I can't compete Or Virginia Woolf's lovely agony Or the wit of Dorothy Parker or Mark Twain The genius of Emily Dickinson, splendidly plain I know there isn't a need for my amateur offerings I freely admit - I do it for me I want notice; I want my spark to be seen When I first found this site I read a whole batch Of poets whose prose I could never match I was eaten up with insecure jealousy But also found it inspiring After twenty years of inactivity My muse awoke to creativity I drank in new ideas, forms, advice My skill grew stronger, found new life I started placing in contests - what a rush! On comments I developed quite the crush- Both receiving, and leaving Encouraging and believing I discovered true kinship and camaraderie And the privilege of reading such artistry Of which I am truly admiring The recipe For this soup of poetry Is reciprocity. 9/15/18

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Date: 10/1/2018 6:16:00 AM
And we are thrilled that you reciprocated! I would've greatly missed poems like this if you had not. Well done.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 10/1/2018 2:48:00 PM
I am so thankful for your comments, M.L.-
Date: 9/20/2018 1:42:00 PM
Excellent, Michelle! Janice
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 9/21/2018 10:55:00 PM
Thank you, Janice-
Date: 9/17/2018 9:29:00 PM
Wonderful poem, Michelle, topped off by a stunning insight at the end. I think you have spoken for all of us here on the Soup. A FAV for sure! Thanks. Best always, gw
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 9/18/2018 2:44:00 PM
You are always so encouraging, thank you!
Date: 9/16/2018 8:19:00 PM
This is a perfect summation of why I believe too that we are here. Well, most of us. The ones who believe in "reciprocity" I just love that last part. This was fantastic.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 9/17/2018 1:54:00 PM
Thank you Andrea, I am such an admirer of your poems!
Date: 9/16/2018 4:21:00 PM
You’ve summed it all up with a fabulously flowing poem... it’s right what you say about reciprocity - by reading others’ poetry, my own has greatly improved. And this without anyone tearing strips off me! That’s why I love this site.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 9/17/2018 1:55:00 PM
Thanks, Nina, I am simultaneously humbled and inspired by the great writes you post!
Date: 9/16/2018 3:15:00 PM
I agree with all you revealed in this poem. I don't think anyone could have put it any better! Well done my friend!!............Patrick
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 9/17/2018 1:59:00 PM
Thank you, Pat, always glad to hear from the 'big scary-looking guy who writes poems!'
Date: 9/16/2018 7:00:00 AM
Michelle, you have expressed the heartfelt feelings of many of us, especially those of us who had rather given up writing all together until we found Poetry Soup. Reciprocity feels great, and looks wonderful on you too, my friend.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 9/17/2018 2:00:00 PM
Thank you, Caren, I have learned and improved so much on this site! Who says a (middle-aged) dog can't learn new tricks!
Date: 9/16/2018 12:06:00 AM
I LOVE this so much! This describes so well the joy of writing poetry and the lovely fellowship of PoetrySoup! Great write!
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 9/17/2018 2:04:00 PM
Thank you Rhona, good to make your acquaintance!
Date: 9/15/2018 11:03:00 PM
Ah, fantastic poem Michelle! I too owe the soup for reigniting my muse after a lengthy draught, for that, and then some. You have composed a very relatable piece dear poetess, love and hugs! xomo :)
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 9/17/2018 2:04:00 PM
Thanks, Maureen, it feels so good to be writing again, doesn't it?
Date: 9/15/2018 4:08:00 PM
Indeed Comments are a secret joy. As is reading the thoughts of others. Best wishes.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 9/15/2018 4:25:00 PM
Thank you for the joy of your comment, Jesse!