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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.



Happy Thanksgiving and Beyond

Blog Posted:11/24/2022 9:25:00 AM

I wanted to wish all of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving today the happiest of days!  And to all who have been celebrating Thanksgiving in festivals and feasts this past fall much happiness.  Sending all of you the blessings of this season.

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Date: 11/27/2022 5:56:00 PM
Sam, thank you for your kind words and wishes. (My Thanksgiving was wonderful). I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with laughter, love and beautiful moments. I appreciate you and your friendship. My best to you. :) Hugs, Brandy
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Date: 11/27/2022 9:23:00 AM
Sam, Happy Thanksgiving to you also. In Canada we celebrate it weeks earlier. I had a wonderful time at a turkey meal and get together with my family and our new baby angel in the family, as my niece, though young, had her first baby girl, I am now a great Aunt, blessings
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Date: 11/27/2022 5:32:00 AM
Same to you dear Sam - celebrate these holidays with all your kindred spirits, including those above of course!
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Date: 11/26/2022 12:35:00 AM
happy thanks giving day , this culture is awesome if it be here also
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Date: 11/25/2022 5:37:00 AM
Happy thanksgiving to you Sam and all soupers as well. Blessings and good wishes
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Date: 11/24/2022 10:21:00 PM
Thank you Sam for the delightful and thoughtful Thanksgiving wishes and blessings. Hope your day was a bounty of family, friends, and feasting!
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Date: 11/24/2022 5:55:00 PM
Happy Thanksgiving! Blessings :)
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Date: 11/24/2022 3:52:00 PM
My Dearest Rhyme Time Friend, you are so very thoughtful! You bring so much joy to Poetry Soup through your kindness and consideration. I truly hope you and yours have the happiest Thanksgiving and may your Holiday season be filled with love, peace and prosperity. You are radiant, my lovely poetry sis! Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~Susan <3
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Date: 11/24/2022 1:38:00 PM
Sam, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours too! We just finished a huge meal and now making room for pie! LOL. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 11/24/2022 2:51:00 PM
Date: 11/24/2022 1:11:00 PM
A pause now it's 11, checking the timers between the turkey in the oven and the ham in the roaster, with folks already arriving so I just want to say here from Hilo, Hawaii, Hau'oli Ho'omaika'i, to all who celebrate its day, daily, Aloha William
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Date: 11/24/2022 11:59:00 AM
GREAT blog for this holiday in the USA. I need to wake hubbie from his nap and get him to Denny's. No grandkids with us this time, so I am sure not cooking a turkey! I'm driving hubbie to Denny's because he still suffers from his concussion symptoms and it's quite a long path to his road to recovery. Hope all is well with you, Sam. Happy Thanksgiving back at ya.
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My Past Blog Posts

Merry Christmas and Holiday Greetings
Date Posted: 12/24/2022 7:18:00 PM
Happy Thanksgiving and Beyond
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
1/26/2023 winter wellspring Haikubeauty,winter,
1/20/2023 Legacy Rictameterbirth,hope,spring,winter,
1/19/2023 winter serenade Haikumusic,song,winter,
1/13/2023 Geese, Goslings and the Bridge Metrical Talebird,family,
1/9/2023 Winter WS Sedokabird,weather,wind,winter,
1/5/2023 Cardinal and the Rose Free versebird,devotion,rose,winter
1/4/2023 My Muse Free verseinspiration,muse,
12/29/2022 ice Haikuwinter,
12/28/2022 Zircon's Fire Rhymedecember,fire,light,
12/20/2022 Dot to Dot Free versetime,
12/13/2022 A December Memento Quintain (English)christmas,sweet,
12/12/2022 winter winds quiver Haikuwind,winter,
12/9/2022 Christmas Carol Music Acrosticchristmas,music,
12/8/2022 Drought Orphans Versesky,weather,winter,
12/6/2022 Mom's Night Before Christmas Rhymechristmas,mother,
12/6/2022 Christmastime Rhymechristmas,
12/6/2022 Christmas Bells Quatrainchristmas,
12/5/2022 winter daphne Haikuflower,winter,
12/2/2022 The Gift of Christmas Free versechristmas,
12/1/2022 one star jubilee Haikubirth,star,winter,
11/29/2022 A Gift in Evergreen Free versechristmas,family,tree,
11/28/2022 autumn wildness Haikuautumn,storm,
11/25/2022 Most Beautiful Christmas Poem Free versebaby,christmas,jesus,rose
11/22/2022 Ballerina Villanelledance,
11/22/2022 Last Stroke of Midnight Free versenight,
11/19/2022 Night of Aurora Free verselight,sky,winter,
11/17/2022 Nordic Light Show Haikulight,night,winter,
11/13/2022 autumn snores Haikuautumn,sleep,
11/11/2022 autumn eventide Haikuautumn,
11/11/2022 It's the Rain Free verseday,inspiration,rain,
11/10/2022 Remembrance Day Nonetnovember,
11/8/2022 Umbrella Alliterationautumn,
11/4/2022 autumn pandemonium Haikuautumn,
11/3/2022 Flute Song Monorhymemusic,
10/27/2022 autumn rainbow jubilee Haikuautumn,color,tree,
10/25/2022 dark night in the woods Haikudark,moon,night,
10/25/2022 Night of Dread Free versehalloween,
10/24/2022 Ghosts and Goblins Rhymehalloween,
10/21/2022 Autumn Yawns Pantoumautumn,song,
10/19/2022 Night of Fright Sonnethalloween,
10/14/2022 Nature Wonders Quatrainseasons,
10/13/2022 Haunted Mansion - Beware Rhymehalloween,
10/11/2022 Starlit Memories Terza Rimachildhood,dream,magic,sta
10/6/2022 Tiny Heart Monorhymechild,grief,heartbreak,mo
10/4/2022 Hallowed Bliss Monokubirth,light,wisdom,
10/4/2022 fall serenade Haikuautumn,song,wind,
9/29/2022 The Mother Tree Narrativedeath of a friend,dedicat
9/29/2022 heart of autumn Haikuautumn,
9/28/2022 Flight of the Ravens Free versebird,
9/23/2022 mellow autumn Haikuautumn,
9/21/2022 I Wandered Lonely as a Teardrop Rhymeangst,grief,journey,sea,
9/20/2022 Lemon Pie in September Free versefamily,september,
9/19/2022 Without Agreement Rhymeangst,
9/19/2022 fall tempest Haikuautumn,storm,
9/16/2022 Aloha Weeps Free verseflower,friend,
9/15/2022 Autumn Pantoumautumn,
9/13/2022 wild autumn Haikuautumn,weather,
9/8/2022 Cactus Dancer Ottava rimainsect,mystery,nature,
8/30/2022 Childhood Nostalgia Tankachildhood,
8/30/2022 Terra Incognita Free versebirth,earth,fire,life,
8/25/2022 Daphne Odora Rhymeflower,winter,
8/23/2022 amber undertones Haikuautumn,summer,tree,
8/18/2022 Five Words of Change Haibunchange,life,words,
8/16/2022 Hints of Autumn Quaternautumn,summer,
8/13/2022 harbinger Haikuautumn,summer,
8/12/2022 Time, Like Crashing Waves Free versetime,
8/12/2022 Kyrielle Two Kyriellelife,water,
8/11/2022 Kyrielle Quatrainbirth,life,water,
8/11/2022 Music of My Soul Rondeau Redoubleearth,
8/9/2022 Earth Music Free verseearth,music,
8/2/2022 Blackberry Memoir Free versefruit,life,summer,
8/2/2022 summer rain Haikurain,storm,summer,
8/1/2022 July Joy Rhymefun,july,summer,
7/29/2022 Moonlight Garden Terza Rimagarden,light,moon,music,
7/27/2022 summer sojourn Haikuflower,mountains,summer,t
7/27/2022 Beauty's Rhapsody Lyricbeauty,love,song,
7/20/2022 A Cup Runneth Over Free verselife,water,
7/19/2022 The Time Between the Seasons Rhymelife,seasons,
7/14/2022 Perfumed Garden Quatorzainlove,
7/12/2022 Seashore Summer Rhymesea,summer,
7/12/2022 Like a Child Haibunchild,
7/10/2022 The Art of Peace Monokuart,peace,
7/9/2022 July Moonlight Tankamoon,night,sky,stars,summ
7/8/2022 Summer Skies Rhymesky,summer,
7/7/2022 Sloth Rhymeperspective,sin,
7/5/2022 summer winds Haikusummer,wind,
7/3/2022 Unselfish Heart Free versebirth,
6/30/2022 Seeds of Gratitude Crystallinethanksgiving,
6/28/2022 Dewdrops Rhymenature,
6/24/2022 Eye of the Tiger Personificationanimal,
6/23/2022 first days of summer Haikusummer,
6/23/2022 The Old Rusty Gate Sonnetgarden,life,
6/20/2022 A Prayer Diminished Hexaverseearth,
6/18/2022 Summer's Magic Show Rhymemagic,summer,
6/16/2022 Flight of the Rose Free versedeath,journey,morning,ros
6/14/2022 Portrait Free verselife,people,
6/11/2022 Split Wide Open Free versegod,journey,love,miracle,
6/9/2022 June Pearl Moon Tankajune,moon,
6/9/2022 Lilacs Free verseflower,
6/7/2022 spring bows to summer Haikusummer,

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Fav Poems

A Strange Galaxy Free versestars,
Morning Star Verseappreciation,beauty,metap
DAILY VICTORY IN THE LORD Tristichblessing,christian,faith,
That Starry Night Ekphrasisart,depression,night,pass
A Spotted Fawn Coupletanimal,beauty,flower,memo
Separated By A Common Language Rhymeamerica,england,language,
The Old Scribe Versegrandfather,grandson,love
AFRICAN ANTHOLOGY Haikuafrica,animal,nature,wate
The Train Set Rhyme6th grade,christmas,feeli
Ode to the Sisters Odefantasy,fate,stars,
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Bright Star Personificationdark,imagery,light,magic,
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Colors Of My Day Lyriccolor,love,romantic love,
Unshackled Free verseanalogy,journey,life,
The Daughter Of The North Wind Sings In Soprano Imagismpassion,snow,winter,woman
A Writer Born to Create Free versewriting,
REALLY Confused Limerickconfusion,
Wire Walker Free versebetrayal,conflict,husband
Naming Life Free versebeauty,life,
84 Charing Cross Road Free versebooks,giving,love,words,
Intersection Of Interbeing Free verseinspirational,memory,myst
rosa hesperrhodos Cinquainflower,mystery,nature,
PROSE POEM temperament Prose Poetryword play,
Spice Haikuautumn,bird,color,cool,fo
The Wonder Of It All Free verseintrospection,philosophy,
Breathe-Rhyme Acrosticcourage,encouraging,endur
Lies Awake Scheming Rhymecorruption,truth,
Somewhere over the Horizon Rhymeimagery,senses,,western,
Methuselah Star Free versestar,
Autumn Awakes Villanelleappreciation,autumn,
The Nature Of We Sonnetangel,humanity,native ame
Hand washed Tetractys10th grade,11th grade,12t
Hedgehogs Rhyme3rd grade,4th grade,5th g
Daydreamers' Drift Tetractysbeauty,child,imagination,
Splendiferous Stories Choka10th grade,9th grade,adve
Nestled in Daydreams Coupletpeace,perspective,
Autumn Reflections Coupletappreciation,autumn,faith
All in a Day Sonnetappreciation,hope,morning
Heart Universes Terza Rimaheart,universe,
Can't think it through Rhymehumanity,perspective,phil
Little Giants Quatrainchildren,happiness,innoce
Marking Time Dizainappreciation,nature,peace
SURPASSING BEAUTY OF NATURE Verseappreciation,beauty,chris
Coming Back Home Acrostichome,longing,
Sunset Tableau Verseappreciation,lost love,na
Appreciate Rhymeanalogy,
O April Free verseappreciation,april,beauty
A mountain from a pile Rhymeallusion,corruption,preju
Soaking Up the Sun Rhymebeautiful,color,flower,na
PATIENCE V Epigrammetaphor,wisdom,
A Paean To God Free verseallusion,angst,appreciati
Ekphrasis on Isles of Shoals Ekphrasisappreciation,art,nature,s
Muses in Gold Rhymemuse,
Giving Godly Grace Acrosticappreciation,faith,god,je
TRIUMPHANT MUSE OF SAM Rubaiyatappreciation,blessing,chr
Blushing Rosebud Ninetterose,snow,sun,
When I Get Home Coupletgod,heaven,
Stradivarius - MIA Acrosticchild,music,
SUNDOWN MEDITATION Free verseadventure,freedom,journey
- Haiku X 209 - summer - lazy Haikusummer,sunshine,
Lily Cinquainbeautiful,flower,symbolis
Rock n' Roll Spin Free verseage,appreciation,emotions
Nutty Rhymeconfusion,crazy,
in reflections Quintain (English)bird,sun,winter,
Lost in Darkness Lentobird,weather,
MEANDERING Free versepeace,time,
Presence of absence Free verseblessing,devotion,god,hea
Miracle On Ford Street Narrativecare,children,christmas,p
Dark Parts Sonnetcity,dark,fear,places,sil
Rose Buds to Remember Quatraindeath,flower,life,rose,
Arctic Jewels ABCsnow,winter,
All Encompassing Verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Playful Personificationlove,rose,sensual,
Quiescent Verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Native Peoples Say Haikuamerica,earth,life,nature
Last Sigh Free versedeath,love,
Whenever the Weather Rhymeweather,
Spring Sonnet Sonnetflower,nature,spring,
Hope and Peace Free verseanxiety,hope,inspiration,
winter dreams Haikunature,winter,
Land Of Lost Shadows Ekphrasisart,
TANKA FEB 8 Tankapoetry,word play,
Springtime Coupletflower,spring,sun,
Easter Lilies Free versebeautiful,christian,easte
Compost Pile Coupletbeauty,poems,
ordinary Free verselove,magic,mystery,
Persephone's Plea Pleiadesdeath,god,prayer,
The Sound of Silence Haikunature,tribute,
Seven Secret Garden Secrets Free verseallegory,children,garden,
This Spring The Poppies Bloomed Free versebeauty,flower,life,love,r
The Ides Of March Alliterationanxiety,april,beauty,chan
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