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My five latest posts are at the end of this newsletter, latest first.

Hope you had a great Valentine's week and had a chance to check out the collection of ten love poems and stories in my Valentines Day newsletter, sent out to all subscribers on Monday February 14! If you can't find it in your inbox, spam or junk email, it's on the Newsletter page on my site.

This week, I wrote only one poem. And it is a gloomy one at that.

It's called Crazy Quilt, and it is about how we tend to be disappointed in our lives, when they don't turn out quite as we expected.

The poem is a mess of mixed metaphors, but it expresses a state of mind that is all too familiar in this day of eternal, endemic COVID. We just want to get our lives back, but it looks, sometimes, like that's never gonna happen.

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Crazy Quilt

A peek into a linen closet with an old family quilt preserved in a plastic case. waits to be enjoyed again. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This rather gloomy poem laments the passage of time and the sourness that we sometimes feel when confronted with what we have, versus what we expected.

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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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