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Once again my flurry of output was reduced to a dusting, with just one poem to show for my efforts. If you are already subscribed, you should have already received the Holiday Newsletter, which went out on December 15 with ten wintry poems in it. Happy Holidays!

My sole poem this week is called The Jealous Type, and it talks about how we humans are programmed to compare ourselves to one another, and how this unattractive quality breeds dissatisfaction with ourselves and others. I think the poem can easily be read from the point of view of a less well-known writer, bitterly observing the success of a more well-known writer.

It could also apply more generally to the way social media pushes us down the slippery slope leading to low self-esteem, by showing us images and accounts of those who appear to be so much more successful than us.

The point is, it is our choice to feel this way or not, if only we can be aware of the outside forces leading us downhill, and resist them.

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Have a great week!


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The Jealous Type

A blossom on an orchid tree, climbing higher than all the others. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem reviews the deadly sin of Jealousy, and asks whether we can help being the envious beings we are. I notice this failing in myself, particularly with respect to writing and body-type, and I find it very hard to rise above. I believe my own jealousy is a side effect of, on the one hand,vaunting (aka unreasonable) ambition and, …

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Two goslings sandwiched between two adult Canadian Geese waddling past an overgrown garden plot. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem is my response to the recent school shooting at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit, Michigan, and the string of school shootings that came before it, each without meaningful redress. Often you hear that the shooter was acting in response to being victimized by bullies. But surely they end up walking in the footsteps of their tormentors, since …

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The Cabin

View from a mountaintop of another mountaintop at sunset. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem is set at my father's cabin and reminds us, that places are not the same, without the people we expect to see there. A toast to all those we miss this winter! Thanks for coming by to read. In dreams, I slowly seek to climb The staircase of my father's house, The knotted pine beneath my tread, The …

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Sunset with reddish feathery clouds and trees silhouetted against it. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem came to me while driving into a very reddish sunset. At first, I thought it was a short story, some kind of science fiction about the end of the world. But the repetition and rhyme were too insistent. Hope you enjoy this story-poem, and take from it a lesson or two. Thanks for coming by to read. The …

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A lovely Gustav Klimt motif Swatch watch I received as a gift, against a swirly paisly prrinted coaster with the same color pallette. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
Warning: rant enclosed. This poem is about the despair a modern writer may feel, in this age of electronic communication and very accurate search engines. At the same time that a writer desires to share his or her work with the world, he or she is stymied by this notion: most publishers demand that a work be "unpublished" in order …

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