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richom
Mon Mar 20 12:00:06 2017

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My Review of You sent me flowers by JimSlaughter
Our greatest regrets are often not the things we've done, but what we didn't do--the lost opportunities. A superb poem, Jim.

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richom
Mon Mar 20 11:53:40 2017

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My Review of Life in Samac by augustrush
Extremely moving and well-written. It reminded me of a friend I lost a few years ago--one that I wrote about in my poem "To Jimmy." Adult friends are usually not quite the same or missed as much as those we had when children.

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richom
Mon Mar 20 11:49:52 2017

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My Review of Could be an early Farewell by matelotrod
Rod, you know, of course, that all of us hope a remedy will be found. Unfortunately, they pay no more attention to protests from us than they have from you. Hang in there as long as you can. What would I/we do without you.
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richom
Mon Mar 20 11:44:07 2017

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My Review of Strut To Heaven's Door by michaelgallatin
A splendid rhymed and written tribute.

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richom
Wed Mar 15 07:04:12 2017

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My Review of BPD by JohnCreekmore
I've never undergone mental therapy (though I probably should have), so all I know of it is the way it is portrayed in films. I've gained a new appreciation of it from your poem. Although I suppose constantly dealing with people's problems might become depressing for the therapist himself/herself, it seems to be a fascinating occupation--one that has given you a far greater insight into the human condition than outsiders like myself possess. Thank you for posting this.

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richom
Tue Mar 14 16:39:25 2017

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My Review of Opimistic is the Night by RamSlade
Your poem made me realize how long it's been since I actually gazed at the sky in the way we did when we were children full of wonderment and dreams. The current state of the world gives us good reason to again escape into space, if only with our eyes.

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richom
Tue Mar 14 16:25:34 2017

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My Review of War by a112yearoldman
I'm not sure what "burning trees in effigy" means, but the rest of your poem is an excellent description of what it must feel like to be a soldier caught up in war. I was in the army during peacetime, so I haven't experienced combat. But war veterans who read this will likely relate to it even more.

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richom
Tue Mar 14 16:15:11 2017

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My Review of Trooper & Drooper by matelotrod
Your admiration of women is a constant theme in your writing and would indicate that you've had a long, vigorous, extensive, and enviable history of success with la femme. I'm sure the ladies on this site will very much appreciate this.

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richom
Wed Mar 8 17:48:16 2017

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My Review of These Thoughts by michaelgallatin
Congratulations. I feel like a sluggard in comparison since I produce only one new poem in a normal week. I, too, cull my portfolio occasionally so that the sheer number doesn't overwhelm anyone who may be scanning it.
At your current pace of four per week, we can expect poem 1,000 in just 50 weeks--less than a year! Keep up the spectacular work.

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richom
Wed Mar 8 17:40:59 2017

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My Review of He Ain't Heavy, He's My Neighbour by matelotrod
Please pass on my thank you to your neighbor. Were it not for him, I would likely be posting an elegy lamenting your untimely end. When you go, we want you to be lounging on a beach chair, surrounded by nubile nymphs, and with a large decanter of whiskey by your side.

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richom
Mon Mar 6 11:56:24 2017

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My Review of Womanly Ways by matelotrod
I'm fortunate in that my wife didn't react to our children leaving the nest as yours did. That is probably because she has a professional career (and a doctorate--something I never sought for myself) that has kept her occupied. Our niece, on the other hand, is displaying all of the symptoms in your poem. How should her husband respond? I have no idea. You've described a common condition, and everyone tries to cope with it in his/her own way.

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richom
Sat Mar 4 18:28:36 2017

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My Review of The Spotlight by JohnCreekmore
I'm fairly certain that you weren't slyly referring to the craving for the Spotlights on this sight that some seem to have, but your excellent poem does it very well. Many today are obsessed with accumulating as many faux Facebook friends, tweeter likes, and WN spotlights as they can--all of which are meaningless.

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richom
Thu Mar 2 06:05:11 2017

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My Review of On Turning Seventy by babyboomer68
I'm twelve years and half a generation older, so I slightly preceded the baby boom. I remember and observed all that you describe and how scandalous your generation's behavior seemed to older folks at the time. Now we look back on your hippie/beach party/Vietnam generation with fondness, especially considering the current, chaotic state of the world.

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richom
Thu Mar 2 05:39:25 2017

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My Review of Sand by Silverblue
This is the kind of poem I like best. Take a simple subject or item and elaborate on it using rhyme. Grains of sand are among the most numerous things on earth and have a multitude of uses as you point out so well. Excellent.
(By the way, you might like a poem in my portfolio on the same subject called "Silicon Adventures.")

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richom
Mon Feb 27 10:09:15 2017

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My Review of Some very honest thoughts on posting and reviewing by Halicen
Thank you for this thought-provoking, long overdue assessment of this site. I've been participating for about three years now and have seen many examples of the points you make.
Just a few specifics of my own: The swapping of unctuous flattery in hopes of getting more stars and spotlights persists. It is one reason why I discontinued star ratings on my submissions. The last straw being when one writer was furious because I gave her poem only four and a half stars. (Five stars is defined here as "Perfect," and I don't think I've ever seen a perfect poem by anyone--except perhaps Ogden Nash's "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.")
As you say, some seem to be cluttering this site by tweeting rather than posting. All humdrum happenings or random thoughts in their lives are posted here as "poems" with no attempt to polish, or even proofread them.
As to genre, I happen to write exclusively rhymed, metered poems. Free verse is not my thing, but I recognize that many, probably most, people feel otherwise. I respect their right to do so and do not judge or review their work. I, on the other hand, have been accused of being archaic and snobbish because of my preference, one that I acquired when a schoolboy.
Finally, the absentee ownership of this site continues to be a major problem in its further development.
Thank you again.
Richard

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richom
Mon Feb 27 09:37:15 2017

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My Review of Keeping the Doors Closed by RamSlade
Were we to dwell upon the tragedies, misfortunes, and self-inflicted wounds we've undergone, our final years would be dismal, indeed. Best to close the door on them and reminisce about the pleasant times.

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richom
Mon Feb 27 09:29:36 2017

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My Review of Political Mayhem by matelotrod
You are right, as usual, Rod. Many people here do not accept our election results which were conducted according to our Constitution. Their wailing about the popular vote and electoral college are a waste of breath. The electoral college will never be abolished--the smaller states would never approve it, as would be required. Like him or not, liberals are stuck with a Trump presidency just as conservatives were with Obama and you are with your leaders. (Although you can hold new elections at any time, whereas we cannot.)
Most involved in street demonstrations seem sincere (excluding those who use it as an excuse to loot), but they very likely will accomplish nothing.

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richom
Mon Feb 27 09:10:31 2017

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My Review of Where Did All The Writers Go? by Silverblue
I've noticed this also. Both the number and overall quality of postings has steadily declined. We've lost some exceptional writers for a number of reasons. I have seen a few talented newcomers recently, but not enough to replace those lost.
In his review below, I think SketerMichaels pointed out what may be the biggest reason; disgust with the ineptitude and neglect of whoever manages this site.
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richom
Mon Feb 27 08:59:09 2017

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My Review of A Long, Hard Ride by michaelgallatin
Wish I could do otherwise, but I have to agree with your well-reasoned premise. The fact that "meek" and "weak" (and "geek"?) rhyme is sadly appropriate. One argument against this is the centuries old survival and flourishing of pacific groups like the Quakers.

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richom
Mon Feb 27 08:49:22 2017

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My Review of Vegas On The Brain by Silverblue
Las Vegas is far from Pennsylvania, but I've flown there six times over the years. I'm a rather stodgy, far from adventurous person, but I love Vegas for all the reasons you mention and more--such as the tremendous, yet inexpensive buffets. I also usually rent a car while there to tour natural sights in adjacent states. As is true of New York City, it isn't absolutely necessary to spend a lot of money to enjoy it. Just walking along the colorfully-lit streets and through the various casinos is entertaining.

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richom
Wed Feb 22 06:15:34 2017

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My Review of I PROFESS! by kitty
Reminiscent of an English romantic poet in the style of Shelley, Lord Byron, and, especially, Burns. A considerable challenge that you've met admirably. A refreshing difference from our usual postings here. Well done, Kitty.

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richom
Tue Feb 21 06:46:13 2017

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My Review of They Would Not Wake the Fuhrer by JohnCreekmore
I remember this refusal to wake Hitler at the start of the Normandy invasion was very well portrayed by actor Curt Jurgens in a film (I believe it was "The Longest Day"). Your cautionary note is very timely.

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richom
Tue Feb 21 06:40:14 2017

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My Review of
Cedar Falling
by Littlesong
"Where beauty bows from the sky in the shape of a billion butterflies." What a wonderful description of a rainbow. It is also somewhat sad, however, for it reminds me of how much butterflies seem to have have disappeared since I was a boy. They were abundant in glorious colors then, but now I seldom see any.

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richom
Mon Feb 20 16:43:08 2017

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My Review of A CHILDS LETTER TO MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION by seriouspoet
Make-A-Wish is my favorite charity and is in my will, but even they would be unable to fulfill your child's plaintive, but uplifting wish. Your mention of butterflies is also sad since their numbers are far fewer now than when I was a child.

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richom
Mon Feb 20 12:37:05 2017

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My Review of The Curse of the Odd Socks by Abra
One of the benefits of old age is that I no longer give a hoot about how I dress. As long as they keep my feet warm, any combination of socks will do.
A very enjoyable, well-written poem.

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