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Partially due to the smash of events and to-do's that inevitably fill this time of year, I produced just one poem this week. But I hope to make it up to you with the bonus newsletter coming early on December 15, with a selection of links for my favorite holiday and wintry posts.

The poem is called Bullies. It is my rather delayed reaction to the recent shooting at the Oxford High School in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. With a nod to the too-many school shootings that came before that.

All seemingly random violence is puzzling, but events that target children strike me as more troubling than any other.

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Have a great week!


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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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A somewhat blurry full moon on a dark night. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem is perfectly suited for the full moon skies we are experiencing at present. Not exactly a Halloween poem, this was inspired by a story on JSTOR called Feminism's Hidden Spiritual Side. It outlined how early feminists, disgruntled by the male slant of existing religions, often dabbled in non-patriarchal spiritual practices, including Theosophy, Spiritualism and Paganism. Now, I am …

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