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I took a break this past week and actually got out of town for the first time in a while, to enjoy a nice family gathering on the shores of Lake Superior. Hope you enjoyed your week off as much as I did!

My name is Andrea LeDew. My blog is a mixture of poetry, short stories and essays. I usually write two to three posts a week. My five latest posts are at the end of this newsletter, latest first.

I wrote two new poems this week.

My first poem (the most recent) is called Nominal. It is my effort to capture the joy of watching two space flights in one week, the first by Virgin Atlantic's Richard Branson, and the second by Amazon's Jeff Bezos.

My second poem is called Frat Boy, and it lists the nonsensical positions taken by politicians, who try to fight the pandemic with platitudes, rather than with practical action. I fear that, before long, the Delta variant may show them, who's boss.

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There has been space travel my whole life.  Yet, still, it makes me cry. I wrote this poem after having watched both flights, within a week of each other--those of Virgin Atlantic's Richard Branson and of Amazon's Jeff Bezos.  This was an attempt to compare the two, and contemplate the future of paid space flight.  Vocabulary:  The Kármán line …

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Frat Boy

I first saw the connection to fraternities in a tweet by Robert Morro (@bmorro44) on July 27, 2021, calling Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida "CEO of The Delta House." This is my extrapolation on the theme. As many of you know, I live in Florida. I have found little more infuriating, than the positions the State has taken on …

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Foul Ball

I was appalled, yet somehow inspired--"shocked, but not surprised" as I so often hear people say, without any sense of self-contradiction-- by a news item this morning.  The news said, that Rudy Giuliani, the former President's attorney, came up with the idea of losing the election, but then saying, that they won. This idea proved quite popular.  And a …

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The Road

This poem is full of discouragement.  This season, in many of our lives, has been very discouraging. Our lives have been full of COVID worries for over a year.  And only now do we have the chance to survey the wreckage.  So much time on High Alert has burnt everyone out, I suspect.  Not just me. It's disgusting. When …

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In the Morning

Fair warning:  This poem takes a turn for the worse, toward the end. It's not often, that I can use the two keywords "morning" and "mourning" in the same piece. I'm sure many of you are as fond of early morning, as I am.  At least, on those rare occasions, that I get a good night's sleep!  In a house …

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