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It's been a quiet week for poetry around here, and of course I skipped last week, since I was out of town and therefore AFK (away from keyboard.)

This week's one poem is called Chalk Dust, and it is about the realization, that we are not as unique in our thoughts and deeds as we would like to think.

Most of my week was spent Up North, sweltering in a different state. But also spending a lovely time catching up with family.

We went on a muggy but nonetheless spectacular guided tour of a botanical garden (Chanticleer near Philadelphia) where my daughter is working as an intern. The photos from that morning should fuel my blog for the foreseeable future.

Hope you are finding a way to stay cool this summer! I suggest finding an indoor place with AC and internet, and reading my blog!

Bring on the margaritas poolside! One more month of this and it will hopefully chill down again. May we all survive till then!

Thanks for finding the strength to still come and read!


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Have a great week!


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Chalk Dust

View through a airplane window, across the tarmac of Newark, NJ airport, as storm clouds dump a column of rain onto the New York City skyline. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This is an airport poem. We spent some time enjoying the delights of the Newark, NJ airport this past week, after a lovely sojourn with my relatives in the Philly area. This is an airport poem in the sense that it was composed in an airport, mask on, surrounded by a sea of humanity. Weather had us bumped from timeslot …

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A lovely garden in spring, riotous and full. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
A morning poem questioning the concept of ownership.

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Resurrection Fern

Resurrection fern on an oak tree after the rain. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem describes the life cycle of the resurrection fern in midsummer in North Florida.

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A lighthouse that looks a bit like a small church on the shores of Lake Superior near Munising, Michigan. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
A poem about the agonies of leaving the faith of your youth when reality renders that faith implausible.

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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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