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This week I wrote three poems!

My first poem is called Mother, and is an affectionate description of the many lovely qualities of my own mother during her life, and some that I have added as emblematic of her character, if not of her actual experience. Perhaps these qualities will remind you of someone dear to you.

My second poem, Economics 101, gives a rather harsh reading of the way the money system works, raising the wealthy up, while putting those, already in want, yet further in the hole. I do not actually hold such an extremely negative perception of money, but I can imagine a Scrooge-like character who might voice this poem, rejoicing in his own advantage over the poor or unlucky. There is enough truth to it, to make it worth a read.

My third poem, Deja Vu, is about the sneaking feeling that we have been here before, politically. I'm talking about the 2000 election and the Democrats' cry of "Stolen!" when the Supreme Court decided to end the recount. (The story is told wonderfully in the movie "The Recount.") In the poem I compare and contrast the previous case, to the current Trump camp's claims of the election of 2020 having been stolen. And I try to determine whether it is, indeed, a case of deja vu.

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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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Prayer for a Caretaker

Pink roses in a bouquet designed by Madelaine LeDew, their caretaker. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem was inspired by a post on a FaceBook group I belong to, composed of those who caretake for those with disabilities, usually children. The post talked about shielding our charges from evil, and I had never really heard it put that way. It sounded almost biblical in its import. The poem is voiced by the person being taken …

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