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About Brian Strand
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Youtube audio link to hear me recite from my PS anthology

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I am English and began writing poetry at the turn of this century.My early interest was in short forms,.I created and promoted quite a few here on PS (perhaps my best known is the Footle).With encouragement from a member here I moved onto to longer forms,publishing my poetry in print,blog ,twitter and kindle ebook form.I came to conclude that all poetry is structured prose and remains a work in progress until recited aloud, (the apex of our art form) when a unique experience 'an as is moment' occurs between voice and ear, much the same as the experience that happens when viewing a work of art

Check out my short forms @strandpoet on twitter and my kindle poetry guides on amazon and some of my artwork to  accompany my youtube clips of my poetry recited aloud

 

 

 


I LIKE POETRY SOUP comment if you do


Blog Posted:2/16/2017 4:35:00 AM

This year is my tenth anniversary here on SOUP , as I'm still here you can tell I will always give it a 'like '.But what is it that has kept me such a long lasting fan.Well first and foremost I have made many constant poetry ' net friends'. Friendships that have survived the ups and downs that have happened here from time to time. It has been a great workshop ( like a night school class for those who remember those pre digital days) Okay we don't show up from time to time but like a good coffe shop many folk drop by to say hi.(Its that kind of place)

In my decade of membership I've found  PS management care and listen, they are open to new ideas and have moved with the changing times.The advertising is discreet and not in the face of the user and suits PS brand image in the poetry digital world.

I use the site as a receptacle  to store my anthology, a kind of poetry autobiography of my development as a poet.

The only downside since I joined is in my early days PS ran  regular prize base contest (as I won one it was a great encouragement to me) but I guess it was a part of the development and promotion  of the site and probably was quite time consuming and having sponsored 265 contests I know  it can be difficult to retain one's freshness and enthusiasm for poetry without a break )Also I miss the personal stats that were part of member area,but that just me and the numbers here probably make it impractical from a storage aspect

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Date: 2/23/2017 12:20:00 AM
Hi Brian, Congrats on your 10th anniversary! Thanks also for opening this subject. As a relative newcomer, it is very interesting to read others' opinions. This community has inspired me. I never dreamed that writing would become such an important part of who I am when I retired. Having a place where I can share and see what others are writing is invaluable. Thanks to each and every one of you for your contributions!
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/23/2017 3:07:00 AM
Thanks Kathleen
Date: 2/22/2017 4:38:00 PM
Firstly Congrats..on yr soup anniversary...I do like your poetry..and love poetrysoup too..It is the first site of poetry I joined...Since then I surfed other sites everynow and then,but here remains my favourite site.Its the great work that Tps do,and the kind of people that are here.There is something spiritual about it..Like a deep connection. I love the sense of community, the sense of family,with the crazy uncle ,the angry nonna,and the sweet niece too..I love the way soup is..with its good,and its little controversial issues that occur from time to time.I do miss who stopped being here..Maybe one day,they will return...Hugs.
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/23/2017 3:05:00 AM
Thanks for your kind words Charmaine
Date: 2/20/2017 2:35:00 AM
I love Poetry Soup, I always thank God for having discovered this writing site:) congratulations on your long run here, Brian:) you've been an immense source of encouragement to me:)
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/20/2017 2:58:00 AM
Thanks Jo ,sharing and encouraging each other is what has made this the best poetry site on th net.
Date: 2/19/2017 5:14:00 AM
I'm a newcomer. But I like Poetry Soup already.
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Date: 2/18/2017 6:56:00 PM
On my first day here, I got 3 free drinks. Totally hooked.
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arthur vaso
Date: 2/18/2017 9:32:00 PM
If there was a reward for best comment of the month! Well you just won!!! :)
Date: 2/18/2017 3:06:00 AM
happy 10th, brian... i wouldn't have somehow expanded my wings without your inspiration...we are all a work in progress and walking with you is an honor... may you flourish more.. huggs
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/18/2017 3:31:00 AM
A work in progress indeed Nette.Thanks for your kind words.
Date: 2/17/2017 10:20:00 PM
Thought I'd stop by Brian! your steadfast support has been a constant here on the soup...thank you! There is a great diversity of membership here...many have been published & found success...yourself included...for personal fullfillment in my case....many here like myself love the acceptance & community we nourish....am always delighted to discover work by veterans & newcomers that blow my mind! Cheers to soup! jimbo
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/18/2017 3:29:00 AM
Thanks Jim , your analysis is what I have experienced ,very different concept to the run-of-the mill social media site
Date: 2/17/2017 9:51:00 PM
Happy 10th Anniversary, Brian. Of course, I love Poetry Soup! Life has taken me away at times, but I always come back.
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Date: 2/18/2017 3:25:00 AM
Thanks Rhonda
Date: 2/17/2017 5:24:00 PM
Poetry Soup to me is like school. Sometimes I'm engaged and inspired, sometimes I'm bored out of my gourd, and sometimes I just wanna pull someone's pigtails and shake a few branches from the ego tree!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 2/17/2017 6:22:00 PM
I like to think so! But Tommy, I just pull 'em, I don't cut 'em off and roll naked in 'em when I get home - that would be wrong....right!
Date: 2/17/2017 4:39:00 PM
Give me reason to. 8 hrs. ago I reported to the site ADMIN a post that I deemed offensive-I LOVE MUSLIMS, where the writer alludes to the facts of hating UK, Christianity and a love for terrorism stating his poem is satire.I wrote vehemently that this is wrong. No response. It just like saying I LOVE JAPANESE but in my poem attack/hate BLACK. That would be pure racism even if I joke and say this is satire. I just wanted to let people know that in not all cases I would look at this site with rose colored glasses.
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 2/17/2017 9:47:00 PM
PS administration is good at handling these problems in my experience, Connie, but I've found it usually takes more than a few hours. Give them time to respond.
Date: 2/17/2017 12:29:00 PM
I love Poetry Soup! You could say it changed my life. I was only playing at poetry when I accidently found this site. That was in 2011 and since then I have learned so much and made some wonderful friends. I am proud to be a part of this creative group!
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Date: 2/16/2017 8:19:00 PM
Happy Anniversary, Brian, my friend! Like you, I have been here a long time Not quite as long as you, but so many years, that it has become such an important part of my day. And in the beginning, no one could have been more surprised than me, to know what I was about find. Friendships that circled the globe, a love of poetry that I had never known, ...PS has opened a window to a world for which I've been always grateful. Although I've decided to ease off a little, taking a break has not been easy! I am drawn to PS like a bee to honey !! Thank you for being one of the first to encourage me in 2008 !! <3
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/17/2017 3:23:00 AM
Thank you Carrie ,one of my long time poet internet friends who have made PS what it has become.I know that feeling of the daily attraction of PS .
Date: 2/16/2017 8:14:00 PM
I miss the stats too, Brian. It was a nice little extra thing. It did not have a purpose for others but I felt it was nice for my own knowledge. Of course I love Soup!! So i had to come here and comment. Congrats on being here so long.
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Date: 2/17/2017 3:16:00 AM
Thanks Andrea, one of those constant internet poet friends I mention above
Date: 2/16/2017 1:27:00 PM
I find that poetrysoup is like a kind of friendly gathering place, like Heathrow airport,...but then fatigue kicks in and things go awry, and it then seems hostile with division....but then again, it's like a place to come and relax, kick of ya shoes and drift away .........
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Date: 2/16/2017 12:52:00 PM
The GUI of this site is excellent. It is clean & efficient. I also like the additions admin has added since I joined. Fellow poets, both friend and foe, have inspired me frequently. This is a good place to be.
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Date: 2/16/2017 8:05:00 AM
I love being here, I am not long enough here to understand the features Soup used to have :) I made great friends here and I intend to stay, my own poetry evolves so greatly by all suggestions, comments and collaborations.
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Date: 2/16/2017 6:30:00 AM
I have really enjoyed my time here on soup and have made some wonderful and encouraging friends who continue to inspire me daily. I have not been here that long but I have spent many years on several other sites and I can tell you, soup is the best all around poetry site I have found. I plan on being a member here for a long time.
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Date: 2/16/2017 6:06:00 AM
I joined PS at the end Feb last year after some friends had persuaded me to publish my work. I was extremely nervous as I was not sure people would like it. I really appreciate the welcome I received and the encouragement to continue writing. I do now read the work of new poets and respond positively if I like their poems. I have read so much really good and imaginative poetry here and I really do appreciate comments. One of the biggest positives for me is the dated copyright. Next month I shall renew my membership and I am thinking about a lifetime membership.
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Date: 2/16/2017 4:50:00 AM
tried other sites and found poetry soup to be the most user friendly, with a great bunch of poets . the comps are great and encourage you to try different forms I had never even heard of . highlight being a place in one of brians comps . stephen
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Date: 2/16/2017 4:49:00 AM
I would never have flourished as a poet without the support and encouragement from people on the site and have learned so so much in 3 years. I have seen many changes since I joined and we just have to move with the times and I like the new features with the audio and also being able to add a photo is a feature I now love ... although I was adamant at the time I'd never use it lol:-) I will remain on the site as long as the ink continues to flow:-) hugs Jan xx
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My Past Blog Posts

 
MARK S a namesake I guess
Date Posted: 8/14/2017 12:04:00 AM
SAMUEL B addenda twenty three
Date Posted: 8/12/2017 12:06:00 AM
WILLIAM S master of the cinquain
Date Posted: 8/11/2017 12:55:00 AM
LANGSTON HUGHES a poet I choose
Date Posted: 8/10/2017 12:33:00 AM
THOMAS W so cool he broke the rule
Date Posted: 8/9/2017 1:05:00 AM
ELIZABETH D syllabics set free
Date Posted: 8/8/2017 12:14:00 AM
G H the master poet
Date Posted: 8/7/2017 9:30:00 AM
ROGER McG from my era you see
Date Posted: 8/6/2017 11:51:00 PM
RB with his reply
Date Posted: 8/6/2017 12:48:00 AM
EbB and her poem of love
Date Posted: 8/5/2017 2:18:00 AM
WB an accent for me
Date Posted: 8/4/2017 2:06:00 AM
EDWARD THOMAS with an as is moment
Date Posted: 8/3/2017 12:22:00 AM
TRUMBULL STICKNEY his name stuck
Date Posted: 8/1/2017 11:25:00 PM
NO WORDS NEEDED just a listening ear WS sonnet 129
Date Posted: 8/1/2017 12:04:00 AM
WILLIAM BLAKE a vocal take
Date Posted: 7/31/2017 12:32:00 AM
JOHN H his call said it all
Date Posted: 7/30/2017 12:14:00 AM
BRONTE which would you say
Date Posted: 7/29/2017 3:44:00 AM
PINSKY says it all for me
Date Posted: 7/28/2017 12:37:00 AM
RUTHERFORD STRUCK A CHORD
Date Posted: 7/27/2017 3:35:00 AM
JAMES V EPIGRAMS style for me
Date Posted: 7/26/2017 4:08:00 AM
SEAMUS HEANEY another poet for me ,maybe thee
Date Posted: 7/25/2017 8:07:00 AM
CHRISTINA ROSSETTI a poet for me ,perhaps thee
Date Posted: 7/23/2017 3:34:00 AM
EMILY D the film
Date Posted: 7/22/2017 3:47:00 AM
MARIANNE MOORE a poet for sure
Date Posted: 7/21/2017 1:26:00 AM
SUMMER GARDEN PARTY AFTERNOON a poetic happening
Date Posted: 7/18/2017 3:44:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
12/14/2017 STILL POINT 33 Imagismimagery,
12/14/2017 FETTERED Versedream,fantasy,
12/13/2017 STILL POINT 31 Imagismimagery,language,
12/13/2017 ICONS Verseart,
12/12/2017 STILL POINT 30 Imagismimagery,
12/12/2017 BELOW ZERO Verseweather,
12/11/2017 STILL POINT 29 Imagismimagery,
12/11/2017 FIRST THINGS FIRST Versehealth,
12/10/2017 STILL POINT 28 Imagismimagery,march,
12/10/2017 DOUBT DESTROYS Verseangst,life,
12/9/2017 STILL POINT 27 Imagismimagery,
12/9/2017 NEW HORIZONS Versesocial,stress,
12/8/2017 STILL POINT 26 Imagismimagery,
12/8/2017 RESTLESS Verseangst,anxiety,
12/7/2017 STILL POINT 25 Imagismimagery,
12/7/2017 LIFE STORY Versechristian,hope,peace,
12/6/2017 STILL POINT 24 Imagismmusic,silence,
12/6/2017 A BREATH OF LIFE Versehope,wind,
12/5/2017 STILL POINT 23 Imagismanxiety,
12/5/2017 SATIE an ekphrasis Ekphrasismusic,people,
12/4/2017 STILL POINT 22 Imagismart,
12/4/2017 LIGHT-DARK Versedark,light,
12/3/2017 STILL POINT 21 Imagismart,
12/3/2017 NEATH THE SKIES Versenature,seasons,weather,
12/2/2017 STILL POINT 20 Imagismimagery,music,
12/2/2017 POWER TO IMAGINE Verseimagination,
12/1/2017 STILL POINT 19 Imagismmusic,
12/1/2017 IN RETREAT Verseanxiety,peace,
11/30/2017 STILL POINT 18 Imagismimagery,people,sleep,
11/30/2017 MINIMAL MEDITATIONS of Satie Ekphrasismusic,people,
11/29/2017 STILL POINT 17 Imagismdance,image,
11/29/2017 STATUS QUO Verselife,sin,
11/28/2017 ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONS Verseart,
11/28/2017 STILL POINT 16 Imagismart,
11/27/2017 STILL POINT 15 Imagismweather,
11/27/2017 THE PROPHETIC Verseconfusion,future,
11/26/2017 STILL POINT 14 Imagisminternet,social,
11/26/2017 DECISIONS Verseheartbreak,
11/26/2017 STILL POINT 13 Imagismanimal,food,
11/25/2017 STILL POINT 12 Imagismlife,tree,
11/25/2017 CREATIVE MOMENTS Verseinspirational,introspecti
11/24/2017 STILL POINT 11 Imagismimage,people,
11/24/2017 ON PAUSE Versesenses,silence,simple,
11/23/2017 STILL POINT 10 Imagismimagery,memory,
11/23/2017 WHY SO Versehate,love,truth,
11/22/2017 STILL POINT 9 Imagismimagery,perspective,
11/22/2017 INSTINCT Versehumanity,nature,
11/21/2017 STILL POINT 8 Imagismcomputer,internet,loss,
11/21/2017 ALMOST THERE Versefantasy,words,
11/19/2017 MY KIND OF POESIE Cinquainbio,poetry,
11/18/2017 A DAY DREAM Imagismdream,life,
11/18/2017 STILL POINT 7 Imagismhumor,imagery,
11/17/2017 NOSTALGIA Versenostalgia,
11/17/2017 STILL POINT 6 Imagismimagery,imagination,
11/16/2017 DESTINYS IRONY Versedesire,destiny,irony,
11/16/2017 STILL POINT 5 Imagismimagery,
11/15/2017 IN SADNESS Versetrust,
11/15/2017 STILL POINT 4 Imagismimagery,
11/14/2017 MAGIC MOMENTS Versesleep,summer,
11/14/2017 STILL POINT 3 Imagismimagery,poetry,
11/13/2017 TENSION RESOLVED Quatrainimagery,
11/13/2017 AUTUMN GLOOM Verseautumn,
11/12/2017 STILL POINT 2 Imagismimagery,imagination,
11/12/2017 RESIDUES Verselife,passion,
11/10/2017 MEMORY BANK Versememory,
11/9/2017 STILL POINT 1 Imagismimagery,life,sound,
11/7/2017 THE STRAND Verseallegory,
11/5/2017 PRE ME Versehistory,
11/4/2017 SILENCE IS GOLDEN Versefriendship,
11/3/2017 THE POEM Verseinspiration,poetry,
11/2/2017 THE MEMORIAL a doxology Versecelebration,christian,
11/1/2017 A MOMENTARY IMPRESSION Imagismart,moving on,
11/1/2017 A LIFE PROCESS Verseage,life,lost,
10/29/2017 A GIVEN Verselove,music,
10/28/2017 BACK TO SQUARE ONE Verselife,relationship,
10/27/2017 TEXTURALIST the form Versepoetry,words,
10/26/2017 LOVE KISS XL1 Ekphrasischristian,people,poetry,
10/24/2017 POLITICAL POSTURING Versepeople,political,
10/22/2017 VANITY OF VANITY Versepeople,sad,
10/22/2017 A PLAY ON WORDS Verseword play,words,
10/21/2017 MISSED OUT Clerihewpeople,poets,
10/21/2017 QUIRINUS Clerihewpeople,tribute,
10/20/2017 PURELY VISUAL Verseart,light,
10/20/2017 CHILDHOOD Versechildhood,nostalgia,
10/19/2017 LOVE WITH A KISS a kulmann form Versechristian,dark,day,god,ki
10/19/2017 ETERNAL VERITIES Versetruth,
10/19/2017 MEDITATIVE MOMENTS Verseimagery,imagination,
10/18/2017 DO NOT ASK BE Verselife,nature,sea,
10/18/2017 CHANGING Versenature,ocean,
10/17/2017 UNSAID Versefeelings,motivation,
10/17/2017 SHAKEN NOT STIRRED Versehope,
10/16/2017 PRIDE Versepride,
10/16/2017 ANECDOTAL ADVICE Didactichope,
10/15/2017 A WHIGMALEERIE for thee Quatrainpeople,poetry,
10/15/2017 POWER IN WEAKNESS Didacticchristian,life,
10/14/2017 THE WRITING ON THE WALL Verselife,truth,
10/14/2017 NIGHTPIECE Versedream,imagery,night,time,
10/13/2017 CONNECTIONS List life,
10/12/2017 STILL TO BE SAID Versepoetry,poets,
10/12/2017 RESIDUES Versedeath,life,

My Photos


Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
The Nose Concreteart,life,on writing and w
Sailing Leaf Haikunature
The Rain Haikunature
Reflections Free verseon writing and wordswords
Hippocratic Oath Rhymelost love,son,sympathywor
Ever After Cinquainlove
Mortal Season Free versesea,seasonssummer,day,sum
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
There Will Be Mountains Coupletfaith,lifemountains,
Tender Moments Quatrainlovesweet,sweet,
Blush of the Roses Couplethope,nature
Haiku/Limerick number twenty Haikunature
Time Machine Coupletnostalgiamom,me,night,can
I AM THE ONE Free verseinspirationalme,
Finally Quatrainlove,passion
The Gift Coupletintrospection,nature
footle .. Footle !! Light Poetryfunny
Believe! Coupletdevotion,faith,inspiratio
Lavender Soap Narrativefamily,happinesseaster,
The Love Letter Quatrainlovelove,passion,
cream seeps from the sun Haikuseasons
Yesterday's Rain~ Coupletforgiveness,hope,inspirat
Winter Pond Free versenatureautumn,
Restoration Free versenatureme,me,
requiem to my hero Elegyloss
Bed of Roses Rictameterlove
Spring Tango Haikunature,seasons
Farewell, alas Free versedeath,i love you,
An Idyll of the Past Versehistoryme,child,me,
Unconditioonal Love - the short version Rhymeloveme,me,
The Old Homestead Lyricfamily,history,introspect
The Red Rabbit I do not know?life,
Perspective Coupletintrospection,natureheart
God's Orchard Senryuimagination
Ode to a rose on a sunset Quatraincaregiving,dedication,dev
The Beauty of Peace Chokanature,seablue,
When Violins Weep Verselost love,love
Where are you so soon, my love Quatrainlove,i love you,
Basho Senryudedication
Maxine Free verselove
Weather Observations Free versenature
Lovers Utopia Quatrainfantasy,happiness,imagina
Melancholy Mists Free versephilosophy,sad
Nightfall Free verseimagination,naturebird,bi
Cricket Free versepoliticalred,
The Reader Free verselove,on writing and words
The Conciliator's Cry Free versecaregiving,devotion,inspi
My heart Quatrainfriendship,hope,loveheart
Haste! Personificationallegory,confusion,life,l
Whispers Free verseintrospection,life,passio
Masterpiece Senryupeace
The Ambiance Free verseeducation,happiness,passi
Movements of Beginnings Free versehistory,philosophy,politi
Poetic Waters Haikunature,sea
A Bit of Joy Senryuhappiness,life,nature
Before & After the Lull Verseseasea,sea,
Diamond in the Bud Lanternenature
NIGHT IS NOT LIKE DAY Terza Rimamusic,mystery,nature,sea,
Ghetto Summer (redo) Fibonacciplaces
Night's sentry Free versecaregiving,imagination,my
Rain Free verseintrospection,peopleday,d
Dreamtime: flowers never bloom Quintain (Sicilian)imagination
Grandfather's Arbour (revised) Sonnet 
Awaiting Dawn Chokanaturenight,night,
Cubic Romance Senryuart,imagination,love
Symbiosis Rhymeadventure,nature,peace
Falling in Love Haikulove,nature
Autumn's Breeze Coupletnature,peace,sea,seasons,
Destination Tetractyslife
The Power Tail-rhymeallegory,love
The Walk We Take Crystallinehappiness,hope,inspiratio
Winters buds Free versepassion
Solace of Nature Haikunature,peace
The Old Painter Couplettime,
A Change of Season - A Haiku Haikunature
Morning Baptism Haikunature
Reflection Monokuintrospection,naturemay,
Evening Grace Free versepeaceme,
Haiku - Mirror Reflection Haikunature
Quiet Comfort Parts 1, 2 and 3 Crystallineintrospection,life
Flying My Kite of Prose Free verseon writing and words
Winter Footprints Quatrainseasons
Sienna Eyes Narrativeanimals
Eye of the storm Free versefaith
Uncaring Wind Free versenature
Brighter Senryufaith,inspirational
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
Snails Pace Shapelife,nature
Sweetly Fragrant Sonnetdevotion,faith,father,ins
It is Written in a Star Concretehistory,love,peace,
To VC Free versehope,love,mysteryheart,he
Transition Kimonature
Christmas Eve of Old Couplethappiness,holidaymusic,mu
Baby Girl (For Asante Indira) Free versedaughter,education,intros
Ode to Winter Odefaith,happiness,hope,natu
Wisdom (An Emily dedicated to Brian Strand) Epigramdedicationmay,
Buried Rhymeangst,death,imagination
Glare Ice Haikunature
The Sun Rises--The Moon Sets Acrosticlife,naturemoon,
She Danced Quatrainimagination,inspirational

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