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Hello!  My name is Sam Kauffman.  Knowing what to write for a bio is probably more difficult than writing poetry itself so I'll give you some of the highlights.

I was born and raised in Seattle, WA.  Graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Music and English- if one major was good, two were better - right?

I am married, to my college sweetheart, have two boys, three grandchildren and one Wheaten Terrier, Mr. Paddy, a show dog - pure octane on four paws! - and now live in California.

Have been writing poetry since college - not sharing how long that has been - along with music - seven albums released  (played on Christian radio) - eight chapbooks of poetry, a series of eight faith based children's stories, three children's books, two full length books, short stories, eighteen one woman musical scripture dramas and a variety of music based programs for churches, youth and women.

Both the music and the poetry have been published.  (I am exhausted looking at that list I might add!)

As you might have guessed I am a Christian singer, dramatist, songwriter, author, retreat leader and "actress,"  that I put in parentheses!

Have been very blessed to have had a music ministry for over twenty years - yikes! has it been that long - traveling coast to coast and sometimes internationally.

While working harder than I have ever worked in my life, I am shocked, amazed and grateful for the reponse this writing and composing - not possible without a lot of heavenly help - has received with numerous awards over the years for both lyrics and poetry. 

When not writing - when does that happen? - I love to ski, walk, garden, cook, create needwork, train our show dogs and be with family and friends.

Well, there you have it in a nutshell - seems to be a rather large nutshell.

I am so grateful for the work of Poetry Soup and all of the "soupers" out there for creating a safe place of encouragement and a community of poets who support one another.

It is an honor to be among an international community of such talented and gracious poets and writers.



Christmas Season Greetings

Blog Posted:12/27/2021 12:18:00 PM

I want to sending all the blessings of the Christmas season - December 25th to January 6th - to everyone here at the "soup."  Christmas isn't over because we have exchanged gifts,finished the shopping (other than the sales), tossed the wrapping paper, had special meals, emptied the stockings, put the carols away for another year and stopped baking treats.  It is just beginning!  If you were in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago and heard the news of this miraculous birth, would you go to the stable to be amazed by the infant Jesus?  Then, having experienced Jesus as a baby would you say to yourself" "Well now that is off of my to do list."  Would you go to the manger only once?  Or, as I suspect, you would go repeatedly to marvel and wonder of God's love with us - Emmanuel.  The Christmas season is our opportunity to go back to the stable over and over in jaw dropping wonder.  A family member and her family celebrate the Christmas season.  Each person takes a day and does something for the family - setting the table, taking out the trash, etc. until Epiphany when they celebrate with a special meal and receive ONE, SMALL handmade gift from another member of the family - a poem, a paper snowflake - you get the idea.  I invite you to think about celebrating twelve days returning to the stable repeatedly to adore Jesus.  I hope your Christmas season is filled with joy, goodwill, peace and hope.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Date: 12/29/2021 12:43:00 PM
Back again to also wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and hope this blog goes HOT.
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Date: 12/29/2021 11:03:00 AM
Sam, Seasons Greetings to you and thanks for the beautiful blog. For me Christmas is about the wonder of the birth of Jesus but also about family and love ~ friendship and poetry _Constance
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Date: 12/28/2021 10:39:00 AM
WoW! Sam, Reading this was like sitting in a pew and hearing a sermon on Jesus’ birth. Thanks for taking the time out to remind us on what “ this season is all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too my friend . Have a wonderful day:-) Alexis
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Date: 12/27/2021 7:30:00 PM
Thanks for sharing this... reverberating the reason of the season: Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Emmanuel, Saviour... (Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.) God bless you.
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Date: 12/27/2021 6:10:00 PM
Sam thank you for reminding us of why we even have this season. Wonderful though written here. God bless you and all whom you love...
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Date: 12/27/2021 5:09:00 PM
WEll it's just me in this house alone most of the time with a Grinchy kind of guy here with me at night. hmmmm. I'll do my best with that, Sam!! GREAT blog!!
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Date: 12/27/2021 2:46:00 PM
Thank you Sam for the wonderful Christmas Season greetings. I was used to observe and celebrate Christmas season from December 16, the start of the season's mass at dawn, boxing gifts and visiting relatives through January 6 (Three Kings). Happy New Year. Blessings to you.
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Date: 12/28/2021 9:38:00 AM
What an absolutely wonderful celebration of the "season" Marilene starting on December sixteenth! Next year I am going to start a new tradition. Thank you for adding to my joy and feelings of anticipation - a true Advent! What a gift! What a blessing! Sending you all the blessings of the season wrapped up in ribbons of peace, joy and hope. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year to you and your family!
Date: 12/27/2021 12:59:00 PM
Your essay is so thoughtful and so beautiful, Sam. You have reminded us of the true meaning and value of the manger scene. May the joys of the season remain with you and yours through the coming year.
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Date: 12/28/2021 9:24:00 AM
Merry Christmas Milt! Thank you for your thoughtful note. We have a small nativity scene. During the Christmas season I pass it daily and am reminded to go back to the stable. We put up our tree late but leave it up until January 6th. We even have a set of Magi who travel the house from Christmas to twelfth night. I love this season and try to hold onto it as long as possible. Sending you and yours all of the blessings of the season and through the coming year.

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5/18/2022 Mission of the Yellow Songbird Free versebird,
5/13/2022 Springtime Rondeau Free versedance,spring,
5/10/2022 My Crumpled Wings Verselife,love,
5/9/2022 Opportunity Monokuwork,
5/9/2022 wind whispers Haikuspring,wind,
5/6/2022 Living Truth Embraced Free verselife,
5/5/2022 Servant Heart Free versejoy,life,
5/4/2022 Ode to Spring Odejoy,life,song,spring,
5/3/2022 Wind Song Verseseasons,wind,
4/28/2022 Spring Mischief Rhymespring,
4/28/2022 The Heart of Spring Rhymeheart,spring,
4/28/2022 Spring's Rondeau Rondeaudance,fun,spring,
4/27/2022 Run and Catch the Wind Rhymechildhood,
4/26/2022 History's Greatest Miracle Play Narrativejesus,
4/22/2022 April's Showers Monchielle Stanzaapril,rain,rainbow,spring
4/19/2022 surfriders at play Haikuanimal,fun,ocean,
4/13/2022 Tyrants, Despots and Dictators Monokuirony,life,
4/13/2022 Matrix of Grace Tankaenvironment,life,
4/12/2022 dolphins Haikuanimal,fun,ocean,sea,
4/7/2022 Winged Warrior Free versetribute,
4/6/2022 Easter Wake Up Call Free verseeaster,jesus,joy,life,
4/6/2022 Silence Terzanellelife,silence,
4/5/2022 playful shadow Haikuanimal,cat,fun,
4/2/2022 Fig Leaf Free verselife,nature,
4/1/2022 Friendship Garden Opera Layflower,garden,song,spring
3/31/2022 spring acrobats Haikufun,spring,
3/31/2022 Spring Whimsy Haikuspring,
3/29/2022 My Plea Free verselife,peace,
3/25/2022 Nature Kimoflower,nature,snow,spring
3/24/2022 Keeper of the Flame Free versefire,life,
3/24/2022 Shamrock Reflections Free versepoetry,
3/23/2022 Women of the Word Odeappreciation,women,
3/16/2022 Magical Grace Free verseblessing,magic,time,
3/14/2022 meadowlarks Haikubird,nature,song,
3/14/2022 Fireflies Tankainsect,light,summer,
3/12/2022 In the Midst of Winter Free versespring,
3/11/2022 Winter Bows to Spring Imagismflower,garden,spring,weat
3/8/2022 Nexus Free verselife,
3/4/2022 Spring Garden Party Tankadance,flower,garden,
3/4/2022 March In Versejoy,march,
3/2/2022 Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Versefood,storm,winter,
3/1/2022 Beside Still Waters Lyriclife,water,
3/1/2022 Lovely as a Lovely Dream Coupletdream,poems,
3/1/2022 Dance of the Spheres Villanellecommunity,dance,stars,
2/27/2022 Avalanche Shadormaflower,life,light,prayer,
2/24/2022 Celebration of Las Animas Free verselife,
2/23/2022 Aurora Pleiadesmorning,
2/23/2022 Harvest of Stars Free versenight,stars,
2/20/2022 reflections on whale watching Haikuanimal,ocean,
2/16/2022 Jubilant Joy Ethereejoy,
2/11/2022 Dappled Winds Dizainwind,
2/10/2022 Winter Spirals Rictametersea,song,winter,
2/9/2022 Flipped Hourglass Free versedance,life,time,
2/9/2022 Flipped Hourglass Free versedance,life,time,
2/8/2022 Pussy Willows Versenature,
2/8/2022 Rose and Violet Tankaflower,love,valentines da
2/7/2022 Pride of Place - My Mother's Piano Monorhymeappreciation,mother,music
2/3/2022 Eternal Vibrating Tones of Grace Rhymegod,life,love,
2/2/2022 Encouragement of Thankfulness Free verseencouraging,prayer,
2/1/2022 Furry Maniacs Haikuanimal,
1/28/2022 The Snowflake Rhymebeauty,me,metaphor,snow,
1/27/2022 Stubborn Lamb Free verseforgiveness,jesus,
1/26/2022 Tanka Pleiadespoetry,
1/25/2022 Cliff Coupletbeauty,flower,sea,summer,
1/24/2022 Chalice of Darkness Free versebirth,dark,flower,
1/21/2022 Keola - Free Verse Free verseautumn,inspirational,life
1/20/2022 snow flowers Haikuwinter,
1/18/2022 windsongs Haikubird,song,wind,
1/16/2022 winter wild geese Haikubird,sunset,winter,
1/12/2022 Winter's Fantasies Free versefantasy,snow,winter,
1/11/2022 Transcendence Free verseflower,life,spring,winter
1/7/2022 winter heart Haikuheart,winter,
1/6/2022 Butterfly Ballad Balladbutterfly,god,hurt,life,s
1/4/2022 Winter's Wishes Quintain (English)winter,
1/4/2022 Five New Year's Resolutions in the Spheres Listnew year,
12/30/2021 Nativity Free versechristmas,
12/29/2021 Fractured Storm Rhymenature,night,sky,weather,
12/28/2021 Angel in a Whirlwind Rhymeangel,miracle,
12/27/2021 A Shout into the Void Free versecelebration,
12/24/2021 Christmas Was Born of Love Lyricchristmas,
12/9/2021 The Wishes of Winter Free verseprayer,winter,
12/8/2021 Cradle Song Lyricchristmas,jesus,Lullaby,s
12/6/2021 The Promise Free versechristmas,
12/2/2021 Patois of Yuletide in Yellow Dizainchristmas,
12/1/2021 Jewelry Coupletfunny,
11/23/2021 Of Infinity Free versegod,life,paradise,
11/17/2021 Exuberant Light Dizaingiving,god,life,light,
11/12/2021 holiday haiku Haikuholiday,winter,
11/11/2021 Thanksgiving Blessings Free verseblessing,thanksgiving,
11/11/2021 Christmas Confections Quatraincandy,christmas,
11/7/2021 Magic of Morning Rhymemagic,morning,
11/5/2021 Morning Magic Rhymebeauty,dance,giggle,magic
11/4/2021 Rags to Joy Free verseangst,dream,joy,morning,
11/3/2021 The Language of Blue Free verseblue,language,music,
10/27/2021 Gratitude Rhymethanks,
10/26/2021 Storm Free verseonomatopoeia,storm,
10/23/2021 Invocation Free versegod,relationship,
10/22/2021 Thanksgiving Grace Tankablessing,thanksgiving day
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Separated By A Common Language Rhymeamerica,england,language,
Railway Lines: Toy Trains Rhyme6th grade,christmas,feeli
A Strange Galaxy Free versestars,
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Treasure Hunting Free verseassonance,fantasy,
DAILY VICTORY IN THE LORD Tristichblessing,christian,faith,
The Woman They Know Free verseanalogy,courage,hope,wome
AFRICAN ANTHOLOGY Haikuafrica,animal,nature,wate
That Starry Night Ekphrasisart,depression,night,pass
Colors Of My Day Lyriccolor,love,romantic love,
Morning Star Verseappreciation,beauty,metap
Unshackled Free verseanalogy,journey,life,
A Spotted Fawn Coupletanimal,beauty,flower,memo
Naming Life Free versebeauty,life,
84 Charing Cross Road Free versebooks,giving,love,words,
The Old Scribe Versegrandfather,grandson,love
A Writer Born to Create Free versewriting,
Intersection Of Interbeing Free verseinspirational,memory,myst
Breathe-Rhyme Acrosticcourage,encouraging,endur
Spice Haikuautumn,bird,color,cool,fo
The Wonder Of It All Free verseintrospection,philosophy,
Ode to the Sisters Odefantasy,fate,stars,
rosa hesperrhodos Cinquainflower,mystery,nature,
Heart Universes Terza Rimaheart,universe,
Methuselah Star Free versestar,
Wire Walker Free versebetrayal,conflict,husband
The Leaf Fairy Queen Rhyme3rd grade,4th grade,5th g
Paradox Free verseanalogy,courage,
Lies Awake Scheming Rhymecorruption,truth,
Can't think it through Rhymehumanity,perspective,phil
Little Giants Quatrainchildren,happiness,innoce
All in a Day Sonnetappreciation,hope,morning
Coming Back Home Acrostichome,longing,
Somewhere over the Horizon Rhymeimagery,senses,,western,
SURPASSING BEAUTY OF NATURE Verseappreciation,beauty,chris
Dark Parts Sonnetcity,dark,fear,places,sil
Lily Cinquainbeautiful,flower,symbolis
REALLY Confused Limerickconfusion,
Sunset Tableau Verseappreciation,lost love,na
PATIENCE V Epigrammetaphor,wisdom,
Hand washed Tetractys10th grade,11th grade,12t
A mountain from a pile Rhymeallusion,corruption,preju
Ekphrasis on Isles of Shoals Ekphrasisappreciation,art,nature,s
PROSE POEM temperament Prose Poetryword play,
Autumn Awakes Villanelleappreciation,autumn,
Giving Godly Grace Acrosticappreciation,faith,god,je
in reflections Quintain (English)bird,sun,winter,
Bright Star Personificationdark,imagery,light,magic,
Appreciate Rhymeanalogy,
When I Get Home Coupletgod,heaven,
Nutty Rhymeconfusion,crazy,
O April Free verseappreciation,april,beauty
Dragon's Tooth Sapphic stanzafantasy,
Amberina Ballerina Free versedestiny,emotions,inspirat
Rose Buds to Remember Quatraindeath,flower,life,rose,
TRIUMPHANT MUSE OF SAM Rubaiyatappreciation,blessing,chr
MEANDERING Free versepeace,time,
Miracle On Ford Street Narrativecare,children,christmas,p
Daydreamers' Drift Tetractysbeauty,child,imagination,
Springtime Coupletflower,spring,sun,
Injustice And Me Coupletamerica,blessing,destiny,
Splendiferous Stories Choka10th grade,9th grade,adve
Hope and Peace Free verseanxiety,hope,inspiration,
Nestled in Daydreams Coupletpeace,perspective,
Playful Personificationlove,rose,sensual,
winter dreams Haikunature,winter,
Whenever the Weather Rhymeweather,
Arctic Jewels ABCsnow,winter,
Seven Secret Garden Secrets Free verseallegory,children,garden,
Presence of absence Free verseblessing,devotion,god,hea
- Haiku X 209 - summer - lazy Haikusummer,sunshine,
Compost Pile Coupletbeauty,poems,
This Spring The Poppies Bloomed Free versebeauty,flower,life,love,r
Wander-Lust Free versebeach,betrayal,desire,lus
TANKA FEB 8 Tankapoetry,word play,
Soaking Up the Sun Rhymebeautiful,color,flower,na
All Encompassing Verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Quiescent Verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Spring Sonnet Sonnetflower,nature,spring,
Persephone's Plea Pleiadesdeath,god,prayer,
Land Of Lost Shadows Ekphrasisart,
SUNDOWN MEDITATION Free verseadventure,freedom,journey
A Paean To God Free verseallusion,angst,appreciati
The Nature Of We Sonnetangel,humanity,native ame
Native Peoples Say Haikuamerica,earth,life,nature
Lost in Darkness Lentobird,weather,
Rock n' Roll Spin Free verseage,appreciation,emotions
Autumn Reflections Coupletappreciation,autumn,faith
Hedgehogs Rhyme3rd grade,4th grade,5th g
Easter Lilies Free versebeautiful,christian,easte
Last Sigh Free versedeath,love,
The Daughter Of The North Wind Sings In Soprano Free versepassion,snow,winter,woman
The Ides Of March Alliterationanxiety,april,beauty,chan
Muses in Gold Rhymemuse,
Stradivarius - MIA Acrosticchild,music,
A Comb-edy of Hair-ers Light Versehair,humor,
Marking Time Dizainappreciation,nature,peace
Blushing Rosebud Ninetterose,snow,sun,
ordinary Free verselove,magic,mystery,
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