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Karen O'Leary—My Poetry Soup Pal!

She should have been Hera, goddess queen of heaven, the sister-wife of 
Zeus, king of the gods; she would have caught him one Friday night tipping 
Out while she sleeps to visit one of his plumy wives and over 100 relations. 
She would have said, “Sit down Zeus; let me inform you about the laws of 
Property settlement and child support in heaven with a concrete poem.”

She would have straightened up Aphrodite, goddess of love and lust.
Especially when Aphrodite was caught red-handed making love to
Her son, Ares, the God of war, she probably would have said, “Now look 
Here woman, quit messing with my son and creating all this rumblings in
Heaven with the gods.” I could see some Lanturne poems floating

She would have acted as the sister of Demeter, goddess of fertility,
Agriculture, and harvest, a sister of Zeus. Because she would have 
Blessed women with children who need them, and also farmers
With great harvest and crops to feed their families and sustain the 
People across the land, by waving a haiku poem in her healing hands

She would have screamed as the sister of Hermes, the crooked cattle-rustling
God; son of Zeus and Maia, who stole his brother, Apollo’s cows, then
Lied, and swore before Zeus, their father, “That even if I knew who stole 
Apollo’s cattle, I would not even accept a reward for finding the thief.” 
She would have gave her crooked brother, and son of Zeus, a flying senryu

She would have been with Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom, reason, and 
Heroic endeavors; the daughter of Zeus, and Titan goddess of wise counsel 
Métis, especially when Athena appeared onto Swift-footed demigod,
Achilles, and told him, “Sheathe your sword and defeat Agamemnon, the 
Greek king with words of wisdom.”  I could see some wise epigram poems 

She was probably counseled by Apollo, her brother, god of music, healing, and 
Poetry; the son of Zeus and the Titan goddess Leto. Because she has cared 
For the sick in hospital emergency rooms, and has also stimulated us for years 
With her poetic muse. She has counseled many along the way and has calmed
Many storms with loving charm. “Hail my sister in Christ—Karen O’Leary!”

Happy birthday angel and wishing you many more for years to come!

Copyright © Joseph Spence Sr | Year Posted 2010


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  1. Date: 12/20/2015 7:02:00 PM

    Joseph, stopped by to enjoy some of my favorite and best poets of 2010 - 1015 :) Hope you are well enjoying what is left of 2015. Sending an early Christmas Message with Hugs. May you have a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year. Good luck in all you do during 2016. ~SKAT LOVE~
  1. Date: 1/24/2014 3:43:00 PM

    What a great poem. Its nice reading your piece once again. Keep on writing please.
  1. Date: 12/24/2013 5:22:00 AM

    Joseph, --Dropping by with SMILES and CHRISTMAS CHEERS. Thank You for making this a great year for ALL OF US. --- May magic fill your days and all your dreams come true this holiday season. MERRY CHRISTMAS <3 Love Linda -The Sweetest Poet Destroyer
  1. Date: 11/22/2012 4:51:00 PM

    Joseph,, miss her... and I agree with all you say about her, enjoyed stopping by once again ;-)~ Hope you are having a joyous holiday. Take care ~PD
  1. Date: 2/26/2011 1:49:00 PM

    Such a kind and sweet tribute to one well deserving, Joseph! Karen would feel overwhelmed and grateful for such a lovely piece. "Hail my sister in Christ--Karen O'Leary!", for she, like an angel, who brings goodness and light to others! Be well Joseph, Mikki
  1. Date: 1/24/2011 6:30:00 AM

    Dear Joseph, she is truly one in a million. Beautiful well-fitting tribute to a wonderful lady. Lainie
  1. Date: 1/10/2011 1:54:00 PM

    You certainly have placed Karen high on a pedestal with this one! I agree with you. Karen is an extraordinary poetess.
  1. Date: 10/31/2010 11:50:00 PM

    An amazing poem, masterfully put. I give you 7 pts Thank you for commenting on my poem.
  1. Date: 9/16/2010 8:20:00 PM

    Hope u are OK Joseph... have not see a post from u in a few months... let me know when u return please...missing your input on Soup luv..
  1. Date: 7/28/2010 7:31:00 AM

    What a fantastic tribute to a fantastic poet Sir ! I'm certain you made the happy tears flow for her and tickled her heart joyfully Sir ! have a fantastic day Mr. Spence ! james
  1. Date: 7/24/2010 7:29:00 AM

    My belated congrats too, Joseph! Great write!!! And thank you for your kind comments!...Keep writing and have a nice Sunday!...Gert
  1. Date: 7/22/2010 10:18:00 AM

    Congratulations!Hope you are fine!Celene!
  1. Date: 7/21/2010 3:32:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win in Adeleke's contest. :) John
  1. Date: 7/20/2010 7:41:00 PM

    This was wonderful. I know Karen is so deserving of it ,A big congratulations to you. LUv, Andrea
  1. Date: 7/20/2010 1:37:00 PM

    Nice! Congrats on your win!
  1. Date: 7/20/2010 11:11:00 AM

    this is just wonderful. Congrats on your win. BG
  1. Date: 7/20/2010 11:09:00 AM

    Congrats Joseph on a super win in the poetry pal contest with this fab write on Karen.. a great lady and poetess.. enjoy your victory my friend.. with many blessings attached.. with luv..
  1. Date: 7/20/2010 11:08:00 AM

    Congratulations Karen on your win in African Asset's contest "Praise your poetrysoup pal". Love, Carol
  1. Date: 7/20/2010 10:30:00 AM

    What a wonderful write! Congratulations on your win...and on having such a worthy poet for your subject. Dan C
  1. Date: 7/20/2010 10:20:00 AM

    Big congratulations to you on your wonderful win in my contest, thanks for the support. You a simply a super Souper! Don’t drop your passionate pen, keep writing! With love, always, Adeleke
  1. Date: 7/18/2010 6:41:00 AM

    Lovely write for a friend.
  1. Date: 7/14/2010 4:31:00 AM

    A uniquely created and personalized gift to your friend Jos
  1. Date: 7/12/2010 6:34:00 PM

    You get it for the knowledge displayed. And the sincerity. I am overwhelmed and Karen should be , too. A tribute with feeling and depth. Regards, Gerard.
  1. Date: 7/12/2010 11:23:00 AM

    Enjoyed this poetry today and will read more, thank you for your sopportive comments on my last, please check out my recent Criminals part 3 of course Fiction. Have a great day.
  1. Date: 7/11/2010 10:37:00 PM

    Karen is a special lady,poet and friend and this is a beautiful tribute from a wonderful person!C elene(re your com. So you're playing everyday?that's sounds wonderful,maybe you could compose and play your song one day :)
  1. Date: 7/11/2010 11:27:00 AM

    Great and uplifting and...well performed poem, Joseph! Nicely written and passionate! And thank you for commenting "No Beer but Whisky"...Gert
  1. Date: 7/10/2010 9:51:00 AM

    Joseph, you must have done a lot of research for this very interesting poetry tribute to our well deserving poet, Karen, O'Leary. She definitely has a way with poems that send her messages entertainingly...and with skill. And her faith shines through. She definitely deserves this well thought out tribute. I expect you will do well in the contest with this one. Lovingly, Dane Ann
  1. Date: 7/10/2010 8:53:00 AM

    my brother joe I did one for you as my pal come see my pal joey and this is right to the point about my g/f too karen she is such a shaker and mover here at da soup kitchen love her work as well as your you really knocked yourself out with this one joe wtg
  1. Date: 7/10/2010 8:03:00 AM

    Hi Joseph...thanks so much for your wonderful comment on my recent post here:) You've boosted my confidence hugely! so very appreciated. Loved this poem ... what a wonderful present for your friend!
  1. Date: 7/9/2010 11:05:00 PM

    Hi Joseph! Oh wow--this is such a wonderful and amazing tribute for Karen ^_^ she deserves it too-- I enjoyed how you tied it with the gods and goddesses, and of how she would have a write for them--very creative! btw thank you for your inspiring comments-- feel free to take a trip over here and have your cheeks kissed by those breezes ;) glad you enjoyed it, thank you-- nikko :)
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