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michaelgallatin
Tue Oct 17 13:28:46 2017

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My Review of The Heavens Closed Their Eyes by ArtSun
Sadly spot on...
and needing to be said over and over again until people all over the world get it! Why? That is the major question! Why? Why must it forever be like this? My father was a soldier in WWII, also a Jew. OK, he helped to fight and vanquish Germans who sadly supported Hitler. That I can understand! My son in the Marines helped to rid Iraq of Hussein and his sons. Somewhat understandable too though I think US reasons for going there were less altruistic than that. I often tend to support the soldier and abhor the war. This is a great anti-war poem! I have composed quite a few myself. Well said and the soundtrack adds to it! A definitely perfect poem and one that deserves a SL!

Mike

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michaelgallatin
Tue Oct 17 13:15:39 2017

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My Review of A Spark That Never Lit by blossomwriter
There's sadness in this!
I like this poem and its imagery but it makes me feel very sad. The end suggests a hopelessness that light will never shine through. Well penned for this day and age but so very sad! And in Verse 3 I believe you want "they're" and a question mark at the end.

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michaelgallatin
Fri Jun 9 17:13:47 2017

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My Review of Clichés to the broken by fraido
Simple yet profound!
When a poet can compose something so very meaningful in extremely understandable words that catch the reader that's really something. This poem does that in spades! And my friend there are too many broken in this sick and sad world. Perhaps clichés but if truly felt perhaps not! This piece is well worth the spotlight I'm putting it in for.

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Tue May 30 14:38:24 2017

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My Review of Ramble On (Song of an Old Bard) by SketerMichaels
Thank you so much!
This poem makes me think of two people, one fictitious and one real. The former is "my minstrel who I write about often. The latter is Gordon Lightfoot who is 79 year-old this year and still touring. Thank you for a splendid poem!

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michaelgallatin
Tue May 23 18:17:36 2017

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My Review of LOVE by seriouspoet
Yes and no
I agree that if you use the word "fuck", this poem should not have a G rating. It should be marked as Explicit. And "Mankind" I think is capitalized as it is a noun inclusive of all people on Earth. I definitely get the idea of this piece as it is put forth very strongly. I do feel though that the ending is rather strong and perhaps too broad. Though I am very cynical myself I certainly don't feel most parents are like this though some are and others are even worse. It gets the point across but to me seems a bit overdone or maybe it just caught me that way today. I don't feel most people are drunk, drugged, stupid, evil or even apathetic. I think most feel very overwhelmed, the "what can one person do" syndrome. Too bad we all can't get together to accomplish what's right!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Mon May 22 09:55:07 2017

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My Review of Another year older (Birthday 2017) by JimSlaughter
I was tempted...
to rate this a 1 for your making us wait to get an answer! But I figured that was mean so I gave it a 5 out of empathy and turning 69 in July. A poem I can well relate to. Thanks!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Mon May 22 09:50:58 2017

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My Review of Ponder by Silverblue
Deserves at least 15!
Wish I could give it that! Another SL, beautifully penned! I wish I had written this because it is wonderful. I'm 69 this July and we do look back. Even more as we grow older. This is a finely done poem about doing that and its written with compassion and understanding.

Bless you,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Mon May 22 09:45:01 2017

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My Review of Seek by Silverblue
Very nice read!
"It's hard to be truly amazed." This becomes so sadly true as we grow older. But I watch my two year-old granddaughter and she seems amazed at everything around her. It's so very wonderful to see! She's interested and exuberant. She has fun and laughs, even at herself. She's playful, excited and energetic and so much is new for her. It's too bad that most adults don't hold onto much of this feeling. We tend to lose a lot. I love being with Lilly because then I recapture this attitude toward life for at least awhile! This poem speaks well of that feeling so thank you! Putting it in for a well deserved spotlight!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Fri May 19 10:01:26 2017

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My Review of Hymn To The Rising Sun by ALEXJLOCKWOOD
This took some study,...
time and hard work! Hence the five for both that and the beauty of the poem. Thank you for the English translation. And so very odd but pleasant that I found this upon a day when I am wearing an ankh. I have worn them on and off since my college days a very long time ago. The symbol for everlasting life. The Romans took off the top oval making their cross a T. Then the Christians added back a top piece again. I always found that interesting how this occurred. At any rate it a beautiful symbol of love and peace and this is a fine and masterful poem my friend! Well worthy of the spotlight I have put in for!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Fri May 19 09:48:50 2017

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My Review of elfqeenas friends on writers network. by wench70
I am honored...
to be the first poet to comment upon this posting! I do remember elfqueena by that name though I honestly don't recall how much of her poems I read. I am sure I must have read some for I have been here around five years. Other than being a poet which is mostly a beloved hobby I spent over forty years doing Social Work and Healthcare. I helped a large number of elderly people move into decent nursing homes. The trick is in picking one where the patients/residents are well cared for. Judging from your kind and sweet posting I find it very likely that you did that. You are right that it is an extremely hard choice to make. Yet it can become the best choice to get needed care for a loved one. Again from what you have written here I believe you chose to find that quality of care for your mother and that she understands that. Visit her often to show your love and she will adjust to life there well. Maybe even make some new friends! Do not second guess your well thought out decision. Bless you, her and your family! Peace!

Namaste,
Mike

PS - I put this bulletin up for a spotlight to hopefully increase its being seen here!
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michaelgallatin
Thu May 18 10:01:21 2017

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My Review of Mirror World by SAnthonyH
This reminds me...
a little of a poem I posted on 12/1/12 (I checked) called Going Bloody Insane. I didn't see a twin in my mirror though. I saw my face turned into a nightmare. I like this poem. It has a similar feel of going insane. I had to look up the word "verst", a unit of distance in Russia. And the end gives the reader pause to wonder. You don't get the connection to dear Donald in the poem though. Also a bit hard (no offense meant) to get the "you are your own worst enemy" idea when there's a childlike grin and gentle calm. All and all a fine and strange poem though!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Wed May 17 13:01:26 2017

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My Review of Life Extension by matelotrod
It all depends...
upon the aging process (physical and mental) as it affects you and how that in turn affects your quality of life. Some people have messed themselves up before they hit forty or fifty. Others are mentally in good shape and fit for their age at eighty. It centers around how you handle your life as well as what life dishes out to you. Good poem though and I hope I stay generally OK awhile. I hope you do too my friend! Good luck!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Tue May 16 18:39:27 2017

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My Review of Let It by SketerMichaels
How can something...
that seems so simple really be so profound my friend? Well said, warm, inspirational and a very pleasant read as I returned here. Thank you! Also a definite spotlight!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Mon May 15 11:29:52 2017

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My Review of What to do, What to do by RamSlade
Life is all about...
an ongoing series of choices. Like I just chose to read some poems to build up points to post. Then I chose to skip some, only because I got tired of reading. Finally I ended by reading yours because I like what you write. All of these were small choices. There are much, much bigger ones such as my choosing to leave my family and move to another state and then choosing to return and try to rebuild. This is a fine poem about choices, figuring out which is right for you and moving on after making it!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Mon May 15 11:21:16 2017

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My Review of Tell The World by Silverblue
And I definitely choose..
to stay far away from social media because it can be dangerous. When I meddled in a spat between a son and his wife, she cut me off from seeing my grandson. I was enraged and somewhat rightfully so. But one of the things I did was to try to shame them into relenting on Facebook. Needless to say she just dug in deeper! Now my dear friends, this place is my only social media. A sad poem about communication today!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Mon May 15 11:13:46 2017

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My Review of Ship of Dreams Dining by odinroark
Different!
There's a pleasure here but it seems forced, somewhat false, with an undercurrent of having been manufactured to ease pain. Oh yes, and your ship is rather bent! A fine poem and interestingly worded!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Mon May 15 10:58:43 2017

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My Review of Good for Gum by richom
Also an excellent...
and much safer substitute for smoking. Many people chew gum and there is sugarless gum so as not to rot your teeth. A fine tribute to a sweet pleasure!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Mon May 15 10:53:44 2017

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My Review of A Load of Rubbish by matelotrod
Hey there pal,...
we got Trump! Don't feel so bad bro, maybe you might even be lucky. Personally politicians I would trust are few to nil. I would have preferred Sanders here in the US. He may be old but he seems honest and he has spirit. Good luck with your election my friend, hopefully better than the US had! A fine poem about a difficult topic.

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Mon May 8 12:50:34 2017

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My Review of Stale Beer & Nicotine by Coronaboy
You'll go on I think!
Most of us do, the alternative being suicide sort of spurs the majority to keep on. Personally I believe now at 68 that the only easy part of life is from infant to toddler. That wonderful time when you are cared for, everything is new and wondrous and your needs are simple. Once into thinking things out, reacting, etc. it all becomes insanely complicated. And that goes on until death. Unless you are senile or have Altzheimers in old age which takes you back to childhood, though very sadly. A fine poem about life!

Namaste,
Mike
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michaelgallatin
Mon May 8 12:39:27 2017

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My Review of I Just Wanna Be With You by Coronaboy
Once again...
I like your style in poetry and apparently also your style in picking up ladies. Both are simple and straightforward, honest. That's a great quality in a guy and I'm not so sure most men are like that, I think not. Another fine write and I shall keep reading your poems. Very nicely done!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Mon May 8 12:32:43 2017

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My Review of Smoky Memories by Coronaboy
I like your style!
You have a simple and straightforward style of writing in free verse. Much like I was when I began writing and before I switched for some reason to rhyme. When I say simple that is not as a put down, it's readable, easy to identify with and descriptive. This one was also very nostalgic, took me back some years, a lot! Nicely done my friend!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Mon May 8 12:25:29 2017

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My Review of Dreaming of DFW by Coronaboy
You look like...
a nice, young man. But my friend "young" is the operative word here. There is no way to know when the right lady will come along. It could be tomorrow or ten years from now. It's likely there will be lots of "dreams" first as there was for me. But those dreams are precious too. I dearly love my wife but I also value the relationships I had with other women. Sometimes I think about them and not in a lustful/sexual way. I hope they all found their true loves, had good homes, had productive careers, had sweet children, enjoyed life. Most of all had love! A fine poem about love recalled and a spotlight!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Fri May 5 17:00:38 2017

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My Review of Life in Retrograde by blossomwriter
Seems like...
a time to regroup and calm before going on with life. We all need that at times. To get in touch with our perception of God, those around us and ourselves. A short but very well said poem that expresses this feeling.

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Wed May 3 16:19:03 2017

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My Review of Pecos Bill: Tall Tale or Tall in the Saddle? by JimSlaughter
I grew up...
watching Westerns and I've read a lot of Louis L'Amour. I also when young heard about Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, John Henry and other folk heroes. And I heard about the more real Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Mike Fink and others. I enjoyed reading this fine poem!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Wed May 3 15:55:33 2017

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My Review of Taking A Turn For The Wurst by Silverblue
As the saying goes...
you get what you pay for! Oddly I used to like Spam. I wonder what sort of muck goes into that? An interesting and fun poem but I shall swear off processed meat for awhile.

Namaste,
Mike

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