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Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it and Happy Holidays to the rest of you! I have a single story to present to you, as a gift this Christmas Day, and I hope you will enjoy it. It is called Fifteen: A Christmas Story.

It's the story of a Northerner heading to Florida for the Christmas Holidays, to reunite with a friend who moved away when they were both children. Like most holidays, it is both happy and sad, and full of thoughts of those who are not present, as well as fond wishes for the future.

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Fifteen: A Christmas Story

Downtown street with Christmas lights. Copyright Andrea LeDew
Here I tell the story of three long-lost friends who re-unite for Christmas, and their journey toward closure, regarding the ones who will never reunite with them again. Thanks for coming by to read. Mama Jean didn’t know what to make of it. Driving a thousand miles Down South, watching the grit and crystalline ice-sand of the road give way …

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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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