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My name is Andrea LeDew. My blog is a mixture of poetry, short stories and essays. I usually write two to three posts a week. My five latest posts are at the end of this newsletter, latest first.

I have three new poems this week.

The first, Victoria, is about long-haul mourning, such as the Queen practiced for nearly forty years after Prince Albert died.

My second poem is called Siren Song. I analyze the problem of how to respond to criticism. And I suggest that we emulate Odysseus, who was able to endure the maddening Siren's song, because he had his sailors tie him to the mast of his ship.

The third and most recent poem is called Public Servants. A bureaucrat describes himself in a series of stanzas, which reflect the sad evolution of public opinion towards government.

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The links below will take you to the five most recent posts.


Public Servant

This poem is about our attitudes toward those who work for the government, and how these attitudes have changed since the mid-twentieth century.  Like everything else in life, the trend seems to be, to careen toward the extremes.  Entropy, I guess. But this loudly-proclaimed assumption--that government workers are incompetents and are full of mercenary intent--affects humble workers, who try …

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Siren Song

I was eavesdropping on a discussion about criticism on a Facebook group I enjoy, and the image of Odysseus came to me. The famous hero of Homer's Odyssey had to go through a waterway, where Sirens sang their sweet song, leading men to their doom.  I have heard different versions of what the doom entailed--they forget to mind the …

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This poem came to me as I considered, how long it had been since my parents died.  And how the pain of it all still stings. I could not help but think of Queen Victoria, who famously wore mourning clothes for her husband Albert, to her dying day.  Even though Albert died when she was only 45.  And she …

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The Writer

I wrote this poem about the eternal conflict between a writer's desire to live life fully, and his entrapment, in the habits that make him successful.  My wish is, that each of you, who seek to write, strike a happy balance in your own lives.  It should never be either/or. Thanks for coming by to read. On the second …

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On May 5, 2021, on Morning Joe on MSNBC, the US CDC Director was asked about the terrible state of affairs in India.  India is currently enduring an overwhelming wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths.  Director Rochelle Walensky was asked, if she was worried about current and future variants of COVID posing a threat to the US population.  Especially, …

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