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I grew up in Germany and started writing poetry as a child. I wanted to be a pirate or a writer or an opera singer and ended up becoming a physicist. I moved to the US in 2002 and live in a small town in the Midwest. After more than a decade of being unable to write in either language, I resumed writing poetry, now in English, in 2014. I am also a hiker and photographer. Some of my poetry and nature photography is on my website cairnsandflowers.com

Hopelessly behind

Blog Posted:9/6/2017 1:00:00 PM

Dear PoetrySoup Friends,

the semester has started, I am teaching 540 students this semester; I also moved my son to college and have to take care of some issues - and that's why I have not been keeping up with Soup. I feel bad for not having followed your poetry, congratulated the contest winners, thanked everybody for their comments on my poems, paid return visits to your pages. My apologies. 

I will never manage to catch up on all I missed, so the best I can hope for is to jump back in when things have quieted down  and get a fresh start. I miss writing and reading poetry!


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Date: 9/12/2017 6:01:00 PM
Hello Agnes, you are obviously a very busy lady. I am curious though at what age did you stop wanting to be a pirate. The wonderful thing about poetry is, you can be a Pirate when ever you want, kind regards, Kevin
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 9/14/2017 8:35:00 AM
I think around age 12, when I realized that there were no more sail ships, and that I would be at a serious disadvantage being a girl :)
Date: 9/6/2017 5:31:00 PM
Agnes, I was like you in JUly, on a small vacation and hardly able to keep up. We all understand. You teach a LOT more students than I do. I only teach small classes in a private adult ESL school.
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Date: 9/6/2017 4:49:00 PM
HOLY SUPERWOMAN! So, let me get this straight, you're a physicist, professor, poet and photographer who also rock climbs and you are dealing with empty nest syndrome ? Uh... I think your soup friends get that you're busy. EAT YOUR WHEATIES. ;)
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 9/7/2017 5:44:00 PM
Yes, I do have more time, since I also no longer homeschool - but the empty nesting is definitely a transition. I was sobbing when my daughter left three years ago, because were were very close and very much alike and just spent so much time together. It took me many months to get used to it. This time around it is easier, because I have done it before, he is introverted and never spent that much time hanging out with me, and he is close and can come home on many weekends. Still, getting used to the new normal is weird. Nobody to cook for.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 9/7/2017 10:36:00 AM
Andrea, I think there are many many levels to experiencing an empty nest. I didn't mean to imply that she is sobbing into a pillow each day. But every other empty nester I've spoken to has said that there is a small period of adjustment (its still the first week of Sept.!) Parents can enjoy the freedom and still miss having their kids home.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/6/2017 5:32:00 PM
is she experiencing empty nest syndrome? I remember rather enjoying all the time I had when my two left for college!!!
Date: 9/6/2017 3:08:00 PM
Jan's right, the soup is quiet right now. However, I think everyone understands that your life comes first. Hope to read you when you can get there.
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Date: 9/6/2017 1:42:00 PM
I too am not as active at the moment and know I am missing out on lots of new poems and contests. I don't have my laptop which is slowing me down too. You are so busy with work and life issues just drop by when you have time. Soup is so quiet at the moment and I will try and get on when time allows but add my congrats to those contest winners I don't have time to read at the moment:-( hugs Jan xx
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Date: 9/6/2017 4:14:00 PM
I'm fine thanks xx
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 9/6/2017 1:55:00 PM
Hope all is well with you, Jan.

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
2/19/2018 Rainy Mondays Free verselife,rain,
2/18/2018 Awakening Free versenature,spring,
2/12/2018 February Free versedepression,winter,
1/31/2018 Oh dear, what can the matter be Rhymehumorous,
1/29/2018 Physics class in 128 words Rhymefun,science,
1/22/2018 Literary circle Free verseliterature,poetry,
1/22/2018 Year's end Free versenature,time,winter,
1/3/2018 Crazy Cat Lady Coupletcat,
12/29/2017 Monoku 3: earth Monokuearth,
12/28/2017 New year Monokuinspirational,
12/27/2017 Winter morning Rhymenature,winter,
12/26/2017 Tracks Free versenature,winter,
12/24/2017 December Free versenature,winter,
12/4/2017 The pelicans Free versebird,nature,
12/3/2017 Ozark October Verseautumn,nature,
11/11/2017 Luxury Free verselife,writing,
11/10/2017 Stalker Free versefear,relationship,
11/7/2017 Fabric Brocade Versemetaphor,
11/4/2017 Oracle Free versenature,time,
11/2/2017 Death Iambic Pentameterdeath,
11/1/2017 From my diary: Nature Free versenature,sea,
10/31/2017 Musical Tableau Versemusic,nature,
10/18/2017 Wake up, my heart Quatraininspirational,
10/17/2017 Closed Path Free verselife,
10/10/2017 Orpheus Free versemythology,
10/3/2017 Einstein's Heirs Free versenature,science,
9/30/2017 Lost Free verseadventure,nature,
9/17/2017 Autumn Forest Free verseautumn,nature,
9/16/2017 The unsaid words Quatrainsad,
9/14/2017 Morning Rhymemorning,
9/10/2017 Hurricane Free versestorm,
8/22/2017 Oh how I miss you Sedokagoodbye,leaving,lonelines
8/21/2017 After the goodbye Free verseleaving,loneliness,
8/10/2017 Happiness Rhymehappiness,
8/8/2017 Seasonal color Free versesea,summer,
8/7/2017 Trumpet vine Haikunature,summer,
8/5/2017 A dumb mistake Limerickhumorous,
8/4/2017 Lesson Free versenature,
8/3/2017 Beachwalking Quintain (English)beach,nature,sea,
8/3/2017 Requiem for a eucalyptus grove Free verseenvironment,nature,
8/1/2017 Chaparral Free versefire,nature,
7/31/2017 Santa Barbara Smellscape Lanternenature,sea,
7/26/2017 Labyrinth Free versespiritual,
7/18/2017 Spirit of the wilderness Quintain (English)nature,
7/13/2017 Still July Free versesummer,
7/12/2017 July Free versesummer,
7/11/2017 Far away Blank verseage,childhood,home,
7/10/2017 Lumbersexual Couplethumorous,
7/7/2017 Lament of an unnamed knight Dramatic monologueadventure,history,
6/30/2017 Echoes of Hiawatha Versenature,spiritual,
6/17/2017 Midsummer Free versesummer,
6/16/2017 The Bells of Loschwitz Church Versehome,loss,
6/13/2017 Coming home Blank versejourney,nature,
6/7/2017 Best titles Verseloss,
5/26/2017 The last picture Personificationage,death,
5/12/2017 Paul Klee- Little Fool in Trance Verseart,
5/11/2017 Paul Klee - Storm ghost Free verseart,
5/10/2017 Judo Free versesports,
5/9/2017 It's in the syllabus Quatrainschool,
5/2/2017 The spring rains were relentless Free verserain,river,
5/1/2017 Blue paper scrubs Free versemystery,
4/29/2017 Nucleus Versescience,
4/26/2017 Twilight Monorhymenight,
4/23/2017 Poetry reading Free versepoetry,poets,writing,
4/21/2017 Dragon Free versefantasy,mythology,
4/20/2017 A nameless grave Nonetdeath,war,
4/19/2017 Madness Versemental illness,
4/18/2017 Climbing Raven Rocks Free versehappiness,nature,
4/14/2017 Stargazing Free versestars,
4/13/2017 Lake Verseleaving,nature,
4/12/2017 On turning fifty Coupletage,life,
4/9/2017 Traveling light Free verselight,nature,star,
4/8/2017 Lonely Tankadepression,lonely,
4/7/2017 Labyrinth Lanternelife,
4/3/2017 To the moon Rhymelove,
4/3/2017 sleeping beauty Cinqkudream,
4/1/2017 The bluebells Free verseflower,nature,
3/31/2017 The naked truth - sequel Limerickhumorous,
3/28/2017 My crazy week Quatrainlife,work,
3/28/2017 Wasp Nest Haikunature,
3/28/2017 Doors Iambic Pentameterhope,life,
3/17/2017 Spring Equinox Quatrainspring,
3/14/2017 Luck of the Irish Limerickdrink,humorous,
3/14/2017 Libertango Rhymedance,
3/13/2017 For Jan Limerickfun,humorous,poetry,
3/12/2017 Goodbye, high heels: Something replaceable Coupletclothes,goodbye,
3/9/2017 Knighting Versehistory,
3/8/2017 The gift of solace Free versehope,poetry,
3/4/2017 Journey Verseinspirational,life,
3/3/2017 And now for something completely different Prose Poetrymystery,woman,
3/3/2017 February blossoms Free versenature,spring,
3/1/2017 What does not kill us Free versegrief,life,pain,
2/25/2017 Influenza Versesick,
2/22/2017 Immortal Master Bach Iambic Pentametermusic,
2/21/2017 Triad in 7 beats Versenature,
2/20/2017 The Day the Wall Fell Free versefeelings,freedom,history,
2/17/2017 Hallelujah Versemusic,
2/17/2017 New love Free versebeautiful,joy,love,
2/16/2017 Black and white in my life Free verselife,
2/14/2017 The Poets Pluck - Mary Oliver Quatrainbird,morning,nature,

My Photos

Fav Poems

The Tower rebuilt Rhymehope,
The Baptism Sonnetbaptism,beach,peace,spiri
Here, Again: The Autumn Equinox Rhymeautumn,england,myth,natur
Caressed By Vines Iambic Pentameterbereavement,grave,tribute
MAIDEN OF SUMMER Personificationseasons,
Autumn Fire Rhymebeauty,birth,color,death,
Autumn Fire Acrosticautumn,
And Sweet Is Her Demise Blank verseautumn,death,summer,
Crying for Light, for All Hallows and Samhain Rhymedeath,halloween,light,lov
Waiting For You, the Return of the Light Rhymeengland,light,longing,nat
A Cathartic Weave Of Three Free versebreak up,celebration,devo
A New Song Balladintrospection,new year,
BUTTERFLIES OF BEAUTY Light Poetrybeauty,butterfly,self,
Shadow Poets Monorhymepoets,
Just keep holding on Lyriccourage,depression,encour
Bending the darkness Rhymeencouraging,fear,strength
Alternative Facts Rhymetruth,
Dust Haikutree,
I DANCE Prose Poetryabuse,dance,music,pain,
Still In Love Versedance,happiness,love,marr
A Chicago Pearl Free verselife,
Bruised but not Broken Rhymehope,
December Free versechristmas,december,winter
Somber Days Free verseday,november,tree,
Twenty Years From Now Rhymedeath,emotions,humanity,l
Suicide Prevention Quatraindark,lost love,
Night Mares Sonnetmyth,night,sky,universe,
Come With Me Lyric 
A Grain of Sand Free verseinspirational,
Desiring to know the Totem Guiding Me Proseanimal,
Vanity Thy Name is Metro-Man Free versemen,vanity,
A Poetry Collection Free verseart,guitar,humanity,intro
Could It Be In Despair Versedeath,lost love,love,
Here lies she Free versedeath,grave,green,life,me
Bloodstained Leaves of Autumn Rhymeautumn,imagery,seasons,sp
Summer Rain Ottava rimabereavement,goodbye,soulm
POETS Versepoets,
HAMMOCK OF DUST Dramatic Versebereavement,lost love,
Shattering Pantoumlonely,lost love,
Beneath The Bearded Oaks Sonnetfirst love,
An Eulogy Of Sorts, That, Hopefully, Lends Itself To Daver Rhymeappreciation,
A Love Story Blank versebetrayal,heartbreak,lost
Directive for a New Day Coupletdance,day,dream,grief,hop
Elements - Collaboration with White Wolf Free verseinspiration,
Under the Waxing Moon Alliterationmystery,
Feathered Dreams Free verseage,memory,
To Sail the Sky Coupletadventure,imagination,met
Once Upon A Tomorrow Free versededication,hope,i miss yo
Companion for Life Sonnetemotions,life,
Where are you Coupletspring,

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Matthew Anish United States Flag United States Read
john fleming United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Sandra Haight United States Flag United States Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
JAN ALLISON Isle Of Man Flag Isle Of Man Read
Paul Callus Malta Flag Malta Read
Laura Loo United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Phillip Garcia United States Flag United States Read
amelie mara Indonesia Flag Indonesia Read
Chris Green United States Flag United States Read
Maurice Yvonne Canada Flag Canada Read
Maria Williams Australia Flag Australia Read
Maureen McGreavy Canada Flag Canada Read
Charlotte Jade Puddifoot United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Carole Duet United States Flag United States Read
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John Michaels United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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