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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.

Counting from most recent to least recent, the first, Darkest Hour, is about a person who has holed herself away in the dark for a long time, and is just now contemplating coming out into the light.

My second poem is called Hoarding. In it, a prepper talks about the practice of keeping everything for yourself, with no concern for the needs of others, allowing some happy few to live in relative safety, while others suffer.

The third is called Happy Accident. It talks about the habit of staying immersed in social media, and how we can waste hours and hours, profiting no one, except the social media moguls themselves.

Hope you enjoy this week's installment with your Saturday morning brew.

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Have a great week!

Andrea

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

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Darkest Hour

This is another of my character poems.  Though I may exhibit some of these habits, such as traipsing down to the mailbox in my stocking feet and being less than perfect in my housekeeping, this is not me! I imagine a very lonely soul who fears the outside world and tries to avoid going there.  A person with agoraphobia …

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Hoarding

I'm sure, I am not the first, to call attention to the greed and selfishness of Americans.  That is, those, who live in these rather prosperous United States. (We in the US tend to forget that those in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America are also Americans!) But this week, with the agonizing footage of bombs in Israel (which …

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Happy Accident

This poem is a about wasting time on social media.  It asks, at what cost do we pursue such an aimless life?  Hope you enjoy! By bits and slivers everyday, My choice is shaved from me. By happy accident, I browse, And lose my agency. The bits and bobs that show up On my tiny silver screen Are …

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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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