Criminal Mind

Stole her security slithering in on a side-winding, slippery snake

Tenacious tyrant twisted truth to two-faced thievery on the make

Parasitic philanderer plies power from prey predestined to partake

As memories escape with an insatiable criminal on the take

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Indiscriminate hacker chips through steel without conscience at stake

Presidential prestige flies under the radar losing a man in a quiet quake

and words to a familiar song strum free from the artist in one final break

As memories escape with an insatiable criminal on the take

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No bars to hold a cruel joke that erased a canvas faded into opaque

Where no consequences exist for rendering absence as its keepsake

And the core is swallowed in a dark abyss while angels watch wide awake

As memories escape with an indefensible criminal on the take

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It must have been a moonless night as the wind caressed the lake

that rattled and rapped on the window to render once still to shake

Capsizing hostages dreamless to weary ghosts left in its silent wake

As memories escape with an indefensible criminal on the take

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epigramman 3 years ago

You are a seeker/a purveyor of truth Amy B and an artist of beautiful words on this canvas of life. You seek justice and answers (some of which unfortunately will never come to light) and with your investigative journalistic poetic probes you always manage to take us on an important journey and forcing your readers to look at themselves and try to make some sense of what is going on around us.

I have to admit - I've never seen/read words put together like this before and you always reach the highest ideals of intellect and emotion with your painter's brush in one hand and a golden pen of majestic ink in the other - and that is what makes you truly unique - your artistic language is always displayed with a message so that makes your words beautiful but yet they are beautifully profound at the same time.

lake erie time 1:10pm

and now without further adieu - a brand new epi-man top ten:

Top ten things Epi had to do while missing Amy's writing during her hiatus:

10. ran away and joined the Foreign Legion

9. ran away and joined the Republican party (same thing as the last outpost in the Foreign Legion)

8. wondered to myself if Amy was tudoring Shakespeare at night school in a class called 'How to make your words come alive'

7. wondered if Amy had finally shut down the Google search for new words because they said 'Hey Sister, we can't keep up with you'

6. I started a new program - WTF? (what the fook?) Where in the heck is Amy B these days?)

5. Hilary Clinton, in deciding to run for 2016, as the President of the US, asked Amy to become her speechwriter

4. Bill Clinton asked Amy out for a date

3. Meryl Streep wanted to play 'Amy' in a movie

2. James Cameron (director of the Titanic) wanted to 'shoot her' in 3-D , saying that her words were already in 3-D so why not do the same with her.

1. Hubpages in a momentary panic, during Amy's hiatus, shut the site down, saying they were 'down for maintenance' ...when really all along - their heads were bowed down in silent prayer

lake erie time 1:22pm


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

You, Mister C, are the man with the wildest imagination in the universe, which is part of the magnificent talent that has earned you hubpages Poet Laureate the past 2-years and my title "you crazy diamond." Your vast scope cannot be categorized into any one slot, certainly not Republican!

You not only make me smile, Colin, you leave me laughing with abandon. The few that know me would say I'm all or nothin'. I'm usually very serious, but you make me laugh like I do when I am lucky enough to catch an episode of Larry David's "Curb your Enthusiasm."

A funny bone as strong as yours, Epi, is pure genius. Your level of intellect and appreciation sends me over the moon. You give me confidence and hope. And, if Hillary Clinton runs for office, I'm applying for that gig! Thank you, my crazy diamond.


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Jlava73 3 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

Amy, your poetry is always intensly emotional with just the right hint of mystery tossed-in. When I saw the video at the end, I think I understood the criminal to which you refer. Brilliant!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Jlava, thank you so much for your generous and kind words. You made my day, my friend.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Wonderful alliteration and use of the language in general. This is another one to savor.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much, xstatic. My mother is traveling this scary road and seeing it firsthand makes me humble. Dementia is so frightening, because there is no rhyme, reason nor preventative, that makes any one of us safe from its heartbreaking, slow disassembly of a life. I appreciate your kind words, my friend.


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lilyfly 3 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

love the forceful alliteration, like a bulldozer, very very good... maybe a rap poem. Man, I wonder if I could do that...? lily


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

No need to wonder, lilyfly, you can do anything you want to. You are an artist. Though this piece is about the leveling effect of a disease, I am so glad that you hear the anger. Thank you my brilliant friend.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Hypnotic my friend! On a late Sunday afternoon with my mind at rest and not really engaged in anything at all, you managed to break through the lethargy and once again deliver an excellent piece of poetry.

bill


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Aren't Sunday afternoons wonderful? Even after I lost my job, there was something laid back about Sunday afternoons. Thank you so much for letting me know you liked this poem, Bill. Keep on chillin' my friend.


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Dear Amy, I get so excited when I see that you have written a new piece of art and I am never, ever disappointed. As usual, I am in awe of your ability to put together short phrases of words that the rest of the world has forgotten (or never knew) and paint a story of substance and emotion. You really are masterful!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

You made my week, Linda, with your awesome compliments. My mother's life has been impacted by dementia in the past few years, and as you know, this thief robs everyone involved, including not only the victim, but loved ones, friends, and caretakers who all suffer from it's devastating effects. Your piece on this monster also inspired this poem, Linda. So, thank you for all that you do, my friend.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I must admit, i didn't know what you were writing about until i watched the trailer, " Away from her " Then i read it again, so beautiful and true. I know from experience what it's like for someone to completely forget their husband. I had a friend who taught nursing students, one day she became confused and soon lost all sense of reality, she was only 50. The way you put the words beginning with the letter p in the third stanza is remarkable. What more can i tell you? I love your poetry. You have the ability to bring me to tears my gifted friend. Thank you..Oh, i forgot..Epi i am going to be Hilary's vice, just thought you'd like to know..LOL


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh, Ruby, the story about your 50-year old friend is even more scary than the slow progression of Alzheimers or any other form of dementia. To have that happen suddenly would make me wonder if it wasn't a TIA. I would imagine, since she taught nursing students, she had access to the best diagnositics that medicine offers. I watch my mom struggle, Ruby, and combined with her control issues, it is frustrating, maddening and terribly sad for her. Utimately, there is really no way to beat it or win. I do my best to help her, trying to be composed and pragmatic so she doesn't panic. There are many things she now just hands over to me, as it is exhausting for her to focus, understand and deal with what use to be matter of fact for her. Now, even the junk mail raises her blood-pressure. She is highly intelligent, but this disease has boiled her life down to simply getting through the basics of day to day living. Until it happens, no one can truly be prepared for the destructive nature of this thief.

Hillary Clinton should be so lucky to have you onboard, Ruby. I'd vote for that ticket in a heartbeat. Love you, my friend.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Amy, my friend was a RN with her Master's degee and taught RN students. She had Alzheimers which struck suddenly. She is still alive, living in a nursing home equipped for that kind of patient. Her husband is alive and loves her deeply. He was financially secure when this happend, but the cost of her care has taken it's toll. He was not insured for this and of course he was unable to obtain it. When his money is completely depleted, he will be able to go on welfare, ( medicaid ) That is if our government does not go over the cliff. Lordy, who knows from one day to the next? Thank's for the vote for vice. I want you to paint my picture to hang in the oval office..lol Love ya too.


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lilyfly 3 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Dementia- yes, I'll pray every day for you and your Mom, uhhh, just took care of a fantastic lady who they said had dementia, but she'd store up these words to carefully tell me about how her husband was abusing her, just one word, sometimes, a day. It was gut -wrenching, and I'll just say this, I'm so glad your Mom has you...because, God help us if we're not surrounded by friends and good family when something like this hits... many many prayers your way... love yaz, lily


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Wow, Ruby, I had no idea Alzheimers could strike so swiftly and ferociously.

As far as financial independence, I used to think that as long as I had a job, I was set. Now I realize, when I hear stories like your well educated RN friend and her financially secure husband, all it takes is one illness to change life forever.

I hope when I paint your portrait, Ruby, it will be better received than Princess Kate's has been! LOL Hugs to you from me in St. Lou


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, lilyfly, for your prayers. Often, after I've helped my mom, when I'm back home and it's quiet, I think about how frightening, and out of control her life must feel to her. I thank God that I am able to help my mom, because no one else knows her or loves her like I do. Trust is of the utmost importance. When dementia or Alzheimers enters the picture, the victim is unsure, confused and overwhelmed. Dementia puts the patient at a terrible disadvantage and without compassion in the hands of a sincere, diligent and caring person/s, the elderly are often re-victimized. Without loving care, their lives lose dignity, security, and comfort. I am relieved and grateful that I am able to be there for my mom. Again, thank you, lilyfly. Love to you from me in St. Lou


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

Wowsa Amy-you did it again-I have goosebumps after reading this sad poem. Alzheimers is a tragic thief that takes our loved ones from us. Voted up and hit all buttons except funny.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I don't know why, but I love that whimsical word, "wowsa", because it makes me laugh, Minnetonka Twin. And every smile is worth more than gold these days, my friend. Thank you for your gracious, heartfelt words that leave me smiling, dear heart.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Those four magnificent lines in the first stanza, Amy, say it all. Your awesome alliteration always astounds. Human criminals can be caught and punished. But the worst thief of all, the insatiable genetic 'hacker' who robs us of intellect and memory, has yet to be tracked down and eliminated. Alzheimers and similar forms of dementia are yet to be conquered. They take their toll as you so strikingly point out of both the patient and the caregiver.

I saw the film, 'Away from Her,' and Julie Christie was outstanding. God bless you, m'dear, and your loving mother.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

You touch my heart, dear drbj. Thank you for your understanding and compassion. Your comments always leave me feeling understood, validated and fulfilled in my writing endeavors. The kindness of your final line leaves me feeling blessed for having crossed paths with you. Bless you, my friend.


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GoodLady 3 years ago from Rome, Italy

You do seem deeply hurt and angry by a soul stealer and it's probably not that odd that I can empathize entirely. (?) Oh these demon lovers! Your poem is strong and may set the anger off into the winds, away and away.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Dementia is the serial killer of all time. Your powerful words really got to me. Up and awesome, Amy.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Your poetry is colossal. Any disease that steals someone's mind is criminal indeed.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yes, Penelope, You are right as I am angry, sad and grieving over this vicious thief that steals a lifetime of memories, leaving confusion, fear and emptyness at the core of a human being; our parents, friends, the loves of our life. Dementia doesn't care and its futile to fight. The bastard always wins. Hopefully, someday, there will be medical answers for early diagnosis and an end to the destructive process of Alzheimers. Thank you for your beautiful words of understanding and empathy.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Pop, The pervasiveness of this sneaky S.O.B. makes it a difficult force to contend with. Everyone I know has a loved one impacted by this disease. There are no preventatives yet, but I hold hope that someday, sooner rather than later, science will unlock it's mysteries and Alzheimers will get the death sentence it justly deserves. Thank you for your profound, hard hitting words, my friend.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

"Colossal" is such a stellar word, Gypsy, especially for a problem as big as Alzheimers and the many forms of dementia, that steal a lifetime of memories. In a few perfect words, you captured the essence of my piece. Thank you so much, Gypsy, for your understanding, compassion and support.


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Curiad 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Beautiful, complex, intriguing, sometimes oblique, and always wonderful!

Mark


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Your choice of adjectives, Mark, light up the smile on my face. Thank you for making my day, sweet friend.


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one2get2no 3 years ago from Olney

Fantastic poem..loved it.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Fantastic calling card, one2get2no! Thank you for visiting my humble abode. You made my day!


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SiberianWolf 3 years ago from MidWest

You say so much, with so little... I admire that... not an easy task... Looking forward to reading more :) Peace


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much, SiberianWolf, for taking the time to read my piece. I appreciate your awesome words. Peace


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

As some of our colleagues have said, your poetry is honest, yet with the correct hint of mystery......and yes, illness truly makes for the most devious of criminals. Thanks for sharing. I am passing this on!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much, Michelle. You've made my day so much warmer and that's saying a lot...cause it's zero here in St. Louis with the windchill factor!


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BobbiRant 3 years ago from New York

A terrible thief that robs many of their past as well as their future. Lovely write, I enjoyed it very much.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Bobbi. I always love hearing from you. I think about you, Steve and your adorable little kitty often. I just adopted a 4-year old, "Potosi puppy mill" female Scottish Terrier (McCartney) last Friday. She is recovering from a heavy flea infestation and every intestinal parasite known to man. I am starting a 2nd course of Panacur for the parasites tomorrow. Her hair is growing back in and she is already turning into a chow hound, much like MacGregor was. I am treating her ears as the fleas did a number on them, too. She is adorable, friendly and remarkably social considering her past life. I read where Missouri has one of the most prolific population of puppy mills.

I haven't forgotten about the painting. I'm making progress, but life just keeps drawing me here and there and everywhere. It shouldn't be too much longer. Miss you, my friend. Stay well and tell Steve I said Hi!


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annart 3 years ago from SW England

Your poetry always makes one think hard and your last-liners are always amazing. Another brilliant piece of philosophy in poetry. Wonderful. Ann


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much, Ann, for stopping by and leaving me with your uplifting words. You've made my day.


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Dancing Water 3 years ago

What a colossal talent you are, Amy! This is my maiden voyage into your writing. Your images are made even more powerful by your brilliant alliteration. And you lead with your heart, which is what all great artists do. Of course, your imagination and keen thought follow. I am so sorry about your dear mother. May the thief be arrested, and may your precious maternal goddess find solace and peace in her wonderful, courageous daughter.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh, Reba! Thank you so much for your kindness. I am blown away by your beautiful, inspiring words to me. I feel we are kindred spirits and will be eternally grateful that our paths have crossed. Thank you, my sweet, compassionate friend.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hello Amy, I do not know you, but I think your courage is just remarkable. The stress that life has handed you is huge, but the fact that you catch it in both hands and throw it back through your writing is a gift for us all. Every week I see loss through the eyes of my bereavement group participants. Your losses are great and ongoing. I thank you for sharing in this amazing way. Keep writing, brave lady.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you kindly, Vicki, first for your extraordinary compassion and understanding and secondly, your beautiful way of letting me know. Without validation (hey, I'm only human), I would not recognize my efforts as strong or brave, but simply what must be done. You give me such sincere expression of how you perceive my attitude, that it feels like you've shone a bright light in a dark corner. You've made my day, Vicki, and brightened my perspective. And, that, my friend, fosters me with more courage than ever. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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Sphinxs Sanctum 3 years ago from Southern United States

Amy, the imagery you create with your words is Astounding! I don't know if you were born with such a vivid artist's soul or if you've molded it to this fantastic form but I am in awe. Your words brought about memories of many things over my lifetime as well as current battles with "Criminals on the take." The way medical malady has shaved my cognitive abilities, the way time has taken-over my Grandfather's mind and the 'Ex', I'm currently trying to legally remove from my life who certainly is a side-winding, parasitic criminal without conscience, forever on both the make and take! Relatability is of great importance to any writer and to make your reader feel and think is a talent.

Wonderful, my Dear & I'd love to link with your permission, at some point.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Sphinxs, I can see from your awesome comment that you have a brilliant mind; it's always moving! And, every piece I write (poetry is new to me since after I began at the hub), I try to write so that relativity is in the eye of the individual. It is so personally satisfying to me that you find many 'criminals' lurking in the shadows within this piece, as I saw all those various images as I wrote this poem. In my life, I've seen those you recognize, in one form or another, at one time or another. Thank you for sharing that with me, Sphinxs. I look forward to linking with you anytime you have the time. Thank you for your encouragement in my poetic endeavors, as it is an invaluable part of my continued excitement in creative writing.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Amy: I've know a few of these criminal snakes in my time. They operate just under the radar, but are no less criminal than those caught and prosecuted. And, figuratively they can cause more harm to the psyche than those already locked up. You illustrate this so wonderfully with your words. Another amazing poem.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

In particular, Suzette, I was writing about my mom's decline with dementia, as it has robbed her of who she once was; a brave, independent warrior princess. She is becoming more child like, dependent and gradually, but surely more uncertain about everything now. It is sad, confusing, disorienting and frightening for her, and maddening for me to witness.

Thank you so much, Suzette, for the kindness of your support and generosity of your words.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Whoops! I missed the true meaning of the poem. Sorry about that. I didn't view the video or read the comments before me before I commented and I probably should have read them first. I have to say just the written word brought back unpleasant memories of my ex-husband. But, I'm so sorry that dementia is the criminal taking away her mind. It must be heartbreaking for your to watch and experience. My mom has a few physical problems, but her mind is great. So, I can't imagine all that you go through. I hope both you and you are doing well and your mom is doing as well as she can and is possible. Take care, Amy and I will keep you and your mom in my prayers.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I believe there are no "whoops" in poetry, Suzette. The beauty of poetry is in the art of reaching many with diverse interpretations, having different meanings for each reader, with relevance for many. I wanted to give you my inspiration for this piece, simply because I personally wanted you to know.

Thank you for the kindness of your prayers, my beautiful friend.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

Underneath the awesome alliteration and the incredible vocabulary you wield, lies the heart rending story of the merciless mind thief. My heart always goes out to the victims and their loved ones ... My two articles on caring for a reason with dementia were borne out of this emotion. As always, you are a peerless poetic power house.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, dear docmo, as always you make my day. Other online places have been occupying my time of late and I've yet to read your two articles. I definitely will, as in addition to your thoroughly awesome talent for storytelling, your medical articles are outstanding from your professional perspective. I look forward to reading them. I appreciate the time you give me in reading my poetry, as I realize how busy you are. My admiration for your incredible writing talent renders me awestruck by your comment. You've touched my heart. Thank you, my beautiful friend.

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