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This week I wrote only one poem and that one, just today. I did get other things done, so that's good.

My poem is called False Equivalencies. It consists of verses of two lines each (couplets? English profs can correct me) that compare two similar but not quite the same things, and begs us to differentiate between them.

Much of the mess we find ourselves in, these days, seems to do with muddling ideas. We never quite have a clear conception of them. The truth is that most ideas have many contradictory aspects to them, even --and maybe especially--the most controversial ideas. I hope my poem helps bring that home. We must not let our team spirit cloud what is best for our country.

If I have time this weekend I will try to send out a collection of love poems from the blog for Valentine's Day Monday, so be on the lookout for that, and be sure to dig through your spam or junk files, in case I end up there. A very happy day to all, whether or not you feel inclined to celebrate. The day should be about loving yourself, as well as about being loved.

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Have a great week!


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False Equivalencies

Scale and other items on a bookcase. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem lists pairs of things that seem alike but could not be more different. And it begs us not to conflate them.

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A pale pink azalea bloom against a background of foliage. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
A poem about the brave and noble and life-affirming qualities of some mothers, and how we honor their memory best through imitation.

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Economics 101

Chinese paper money on top of an old-style stereo. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem relays the harsh view of a person who is profiting from the monetary system, to one who is losing by it.

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Deja Vu

A firepit and an adirondack chair, seen dimly through the bottom of a wineglass. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem compares the aftermath of the US 2020 election and the election in 2000, and wonders whether this is really a case of deja vu.

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The Price

Piles of coins for counting against a toile tablecloth. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem is pretty simple and self-explanatory, but all the while it asks deep questions we all struggle to answer. Perhaps the poetic side of our nature is there for a reason. Thanks for coming by to read! What are the number of leagues Between our views, Do you suppose? Only a poet Only a poet Only a poet knows. …

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