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This is my first edition of the New Year 2022! Hope you are waking up to happy new beginnings and a sense of relief, that a year such as 2021 is finally coming to an end. May this year be better in every way.

On that note, here is my one and only poem of the week, a half-hearted farewell and unambivalent good riddance to 2021, called Good Will. May it help release some of the demons of the last year to make room for the angels of 2022. Here's hoping!

The very best of New Years to you! If you have some time on your hands and haven't read it yet, take a look at my longer short story for Christmas, Fifteen, which is second in line below.

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Good Will

A cormorant or heron perched near the top of a tangled cypress tree, looking out beyond its branches. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
I hope you can overlook the mixed metaphors in this poem about the year nearly behind us. I'm sure I'm not alone in being ready to see it in the rear view mirror. Thanks for coming by to read, and my sincerest Happy New Year! I say goodbye To a well-worn year, A year, a bit frayed at the edges. …

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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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