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Starward commented on: @ 27.055 MHz: Ad Astra; As If Aunt Doris Were Speaking by Starward 1 week 19 hours ago
First, you need not express: First, you need not express or have any regrets, or apologize.  The problems you are dealing with are difficult; and my prayers go up for you. * That said, please accept my sincere gratitude for one of the most encouraging comments I have ever received; and, as it comes from you, that makes it exponentially important.  Yes, I think Aunt Doris---who is a parody of one of my parents' neighbors (who told them that my love of the old Universal horror movies of the thirties, which led to my interest in Mary Shelley) was a dangerous obsession.  During my childhood years and adolescence, it seemed to me like she never lost an opportunity to embarrass me or to belittle me when others were around.  This may be an old man's bitterness on my part, but there it is.  Turns out, I was not the only person toward whom she directed her criticisms:  she apparently had advice to offer on many situations, from child-rearing to ecclesiastical administration, and she never hesitated to "chime in" with an opinion, usually negative or critical.  The sibs in this poem, especially the young man, that she criticizes or summaries of several persons against whom she spoke.      I do hope that readers who have faced some version of Doris in the past, or are facing such a version now, or in the future, will take some encouragement from this series and realize that they deserve to love, and be loved, as their very identity and nature calls for, and not according to Doris' rules and regulations.    Thanks for the gracious and encouraging comment.  This whole series of poems---if I may reiterate---exists because you encouraged me at its beginning, and have done so through its development.  There are not enough words in enough languages to express my gratitude to you.
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patriciajj commented on: @ 27.055 MHz: Ad Astra; As If Aunt Doris Were Speaking by Starward 1 week 20 hours ago
I regret that I've been: I regret that I've been unable to give your crucial series the attention it rightly deserves, but I have so much going on in my life that I can hardly think straight. But after reading this scathing and clever impersonation of "Aunt Doris" (She was in every family, it seemed) I have to encourage you to continue your mission to provide advocacy, comfort and self-worth to many young people who are ruthlessly judged, not for anything harmful that they did, but for who they are.   Using humor and inventive narration, you make a case for acceptance and inclusion without lecturing or pretension. It's just compassionate support through compelling, endearing, authentic and often fun story telling.   Yours is a vital, long-lasting mission wrapped up in honest beauty. Keep making a difference!   
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SSmoothie commented on: Satanic seed by Pungus 1 week 21 hours ago
Yup.: Yup.
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SSmoothie commented on: My Mend by deepblue 1 week 21 hours ago
That's some heavy baggage  I: That's some heavy baggage  I resonated with some of the emotions and the descriptions.  The pain is clear but hazy and confused  Moments of clarity and darkness  I was there with you I felt  Punching my way out of a black garbage bag  Only I couldn't get through because  Some how if the bag broke id be free  And that to me just felt so lonely!    Great write deep blue  Hugss 
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lyrycsyntyme commented on: MTM approved by Teytonon 1 week 22 hours ago
A man who exists to lend: A man who exists to lend credibility to the empty suits. People who were starting to be seen through. A very clever ruse. When it has some people who hated George W. Bush with a passion saying "I miss him", the billionaires have won.
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Starward commented on: @ 27.055 MHz: Ad Astra; Convenient Coincidence [XLIX] by Starward 1 week 1 day ago
I like socks too, and, yes,: I like socks too, and, yes, they keep the feet warm . . . among other things.  Thanks so much for the comment.
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Morningglory commented on: @ 27.055 MHz: Ad Astra; Convenient Coincidence [XLIX] by Starward 1 week 1 day ago
.: I like socks. socks keep the feet warm. 
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Starward commented on: The Luxury by Morningglory 1 week 1 day ago
In such a few short lines,: In such a few short lines, this poem says a lot about what, I think, is very probably a universal experience.
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Starward commented on: MTM approved by Teytonon 1 week 1 day ago
Thank you for reminding us of: Thank you for reminding us of the dire truths that now face us, and against which we must cast our votes---if need be---in November of 2024.  I have often felt, and even suggested among my own social circle, that those of us who wish to see the failure of Trump's next attempt (to establish his dictatorship and destroy our democracy) ought to register as members of his party, just for the Primaries, so that he can be denied the denomination.  He would likely need to be defeated in the General Election as well, but denial of the Party Nomination would be a crushing blow to his campaign.
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Morningglory commented on: Commercialized kiwis by Pungus 1 week 1 day ago
lol: loose shit isn't necessarily healthy but at least it moves out fairly quickly
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Morningglory commented on: The Luxury by Morningglory 1 week 1 day ago
thank you: it was literal   
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Pungus commented on: The Luxury by Morningglory 1 week 1 day ago
Just the dose I needed: The hint of humor and frustration in the lines "and shit//from angry cats" sent me soaring.
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crypticbard commented on: Memories of a friend of mine by ponsford 1 week 1 day ago
"Faulting ears" seem to be a: "Faulting ears" seem to be a natural enemy to poems and a fearful inevitability for poets to encounter. But the enduring love that bring memories to life give a freedom to feel and heal even in times of grief. May you mourn well and move into the celebration of friendship's love.
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crypticbard commented on: skinned alive by crypticbard 1 week 1 day ago
Seen as a poetic summation of: Seen as a poetic summation of sorts, that is both a succinct and useful description of what took place here. And for that I am most thankful dear Starward. There is a tinge of rue that presence is all that will come off of this but I may be proven wrong yet again in these feelings. So for now it is forward and onward. The Muse calls.
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Starward commented on: Some Housekeeping Changes To My Collection Of Poems by Starward 1 week 1 day ago
Thank you.  I guess I just: Thank you.  I guess I just wanted to explain why a few, a very few, of my poems are duplicated.  I have been at postpoems long enough that I feel like I need not be accused of seeking unwarranted attention with duolicates, or padding out my own numbers---which has never been part of my purpose in posting here.  
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