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crypticbard commented on: YEARLY RITUAL by Stephen 3 days 19 hours ago
That is a sublime and sober: That is a sublime and sober summation of Christmas. Just this week we observed the putting up of rather plasticky ornaments which lent a similar feel to the second line of this poem. But what really mattered was the feelings and thoughts expressed so eloquently in the last three lines. Lines which catapulted from the centre couplet which is the gravitational centre of this yearly ritual. A well appointed poem for the season.
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Starward commented on: Moonlight Sonata by gentle 3 days 21 hours ago
Forgive me for failing to: Forgive me for failing to respond to your gracious reply in a timely manner.  
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Starward commented on: The Forest Ranger by gentle 3 days 21 hours ago
It is a privilege to comment: It is a privilege to comment on a poem posted so early in Postpoems' history, and so well-written a tribute.  The last three lines present a profound perspective from which, alas, too many of us (including my sorry self) have turned.
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Starward commented on: Fifty Five Below by gentle 3 days 21 hours ago
Humorous in the best way, and: Humorous in the best way, and those short lines give the poem a driving momentum right to the final line.
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Starward commented on: Love Song by gentle 3 days 21 hours ago
I love poems that contain: I love poems that contain astronomical images, and this one deploys them right at the outset.  Although an integral part of this very fine poem, the first four lines constitute a poem of their own, an aphoristic poem.  It is an honor and a delight to be able to comment on this poem, written by one of Postpoems' first Poets and, therefore, a pioneer of online Poetry.
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Starward commented on: Footnote: Won't Someone Explain It To Me? by Starward 3 days 21 hours ago
Thank you.  I am: Thank you.  I am flabbergasted, in the most delightful way, at having received a comment from one of Postpoems' most senior Poets.  That comment has made my evening and my whole weekend.  
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Starward commented on: YEARLY RITUAL by Stephen 3 days 21 hours ago
You have described a: You have described a difficult subject, and the poem works around it quite well.  Christmas, like Easter, has a downside---not by nature of the Holiday, but by the nature of certain people who bring pseudo-cheer or pseudo-devotion to it.  I can remember a Christmas Eve when, after having been an altar server at a very High Church Christmas midnight vigil, my father rebuked me, after I returned home, for being more "carried away" by the worship service than by the Christmas Eve presents they had allowed me to open.  So I have firsthand experience with what you have accurately described.
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gentle commented on: Footnote: Won't Someone Explain It To Me? by Starward 3 days 23 hours ago
impressive: You really do have a strong writing style
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ramonathompsont commented on: TWO FINGER EYE GOUGE by georgeschaefer 4 days 2 hours ago
cool write  : cool write  
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Starward commented on: TWO FINGER EYE GOUGE by georgeschaefer 4 days 2 hours ago
Curly, Larry, and Moe . . .: Curly, Larry, and Moe . . . and sometimes Shemp . . . were early role models for me in elementary school.  That my mother actively and vocally disliked them made their antics even more endearing.
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Starward commented on: inimitable contrivances by crypticbard 4 days 3 hours ago
Please forgive my delay in: Please forgive my delay in replying . . . I am struggling with non-Covid flu right now, from my grandson's kindergarten.  I had forgotten about Piper Beam, of whom I had read but whose stories I have not been able to read.  And let me say again how much I like your poem.  I like to read science fiction poetry online, but yours is superior to many I have read, and I am not just saying that; I really do mean it.
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Starward commented on: Silver Voice by rachel 4 days 3 hours ago
This is provides excellent: This is provides excellent reading, but those last three paragraphs are very, very profound. I am not usually a prose reader, but I am very impressed with this one.
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Stephen commented on: TWO FINGER EYE GOUGE by georgeschaefer 4 days 6 hours ago
Curly. Larry and Moe.: Perfected the two finger eye gouge.
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crypticbard commented on: first by alxorange 4 days 17 hours ago
Centre stage and along the: Centre stage and along the footlights!
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crypticbard commented on: The kids these days are all using this word called “ironic” by Pungus 5 days 11 hours ago
And that's probably the most: And that's probably the most delicious thing of all! Tolkien had his why not us!
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