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

This week I was moved to outrage by the most recent January 6th hearing. On Thursday, Cassidy Hutchinson, the assistant to Mark Meadows, Trump's chief of staff, testified at length about what was going on behind the scenes prior to and during the riot.

My first poem, Remarkably Indecent synopsizes some of her testimony. But rather than blaming anyone in the White House, it points a finger squarely at the Republican electorate who voted Trump in, and the Democratic electorate, who failed to keep him out. The vote is the last, best hope for mankind. I hope we will all use ours with more care the next time around!

The second poem, A Losing Battle, is another lament about housekeeping, which never seems to get any easier for me. I'm sure that there are one or two of you out there, who commiserate with me.

Have a lovely week!


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Have a great week!


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

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Remarkably Indecent

Two decorated and easily breakable china plates. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem takes inspiration from the portrayal of character in the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson before the January 6th Committee, and asks the electorate to examine their own character or lack of it.

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A Losing Battle

A coffee cup, a newspaper an apricot and other clutter on a desktop. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem describes the losing battle against disorder that we all fight when trying to keep a home.

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Dystopia Today

Man standing with an umbrella in the rain by the St John's river, with a view of downtown Jacksonville. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem is an initial response to the decision of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade.

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Wishful Thinking

A colorful, cheerful bouquet of flowers on a coffee table with Niall Ferguson's book "Doom" lurking nearby Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This Pride Month poem contrasts the degree of tolerance and recognition of equality in the world of our wishful thinking versus that, in the world we live in.

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Some not so dark patterns on a pillow and carpet in a den. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem treats our shares online as if they were shares in the stock market and contemplates what bad people might do with them.

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