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Your Poet

Updated on August 8, 2015

Picketing at such a young age - oh my!

Perhaps he will be a poet.
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Poet?

The man was no poet. Yet in his short over half a century life he had been married twice, well over a decade for both and happy healthy children. And both those marriages began in a courtship that included poetry he wrote for them. His loving ladies adored and cherished the poems. But they were lousy poems as poetry goes. No talent for the genre. “pee yew” would be an honest critique of his erstwhile attempts at the art form. And yet his poetry had wooed the hearts of wonderful discerning women.

So the poet is just a man. Not an artist. Oh, most assuredly he traveled through earthly space with his head firmly anchored in the clouds. And he had a rare talent and love for words as they flowed from his pen – just not for poetry. He could write a technical manual, a legal brief, a short story, a novel and all manner of new age social media induced stupid stuff, he could even write a sermon or a great advertising pamphlet for a house no one should ever buy. But he just could not write poetry right.

What in the world could have been so special about the poems he wrote to the women he loved? Perhaps we can gain an insight into poetry by examining such a puzzle. Better yet maybe we can find some insight into the personage of a poet.

If I were a poet......

I just love my ladies.

A wonderful life down on the farm.
A wonderful life down on the farm. | Source

Learn to write wonderful poetry like a master?

Let us assume that a poet like any artisan must study their craft. There must be rules to learn and protocols that must be followed. One can even imagine that there must be certain ways in which the poet must hold their pen or pencil. We must consider what kind of paper should be used. What of such important stuff like chairs that should be sat in and how to sit. Lighting must be crucial and there must be an exercise and diet regimen that is best to follow. We of the laity can only imagine all of the do’s and don’ts’s. And then there are the poets who put their works to music. And still others who write greeting cards or encouragement versus. We can be sure that all the technical stuff takes a lifetime to master. But then when they have mastered the craft – immediately they can begin to write wonderful beautiful poetry that sends hearts soaring and minds doing summersaults at the shear import and gravity of the work. They can lift the reader to new heights or drop them down into abysmal chasms of despair. And the work will always be beautiful, awesome and interesting.

Even though I know nothing about poetry I doubt very much that the above is accurate. For some reason I do not believe that a boot camp of poetry can produce a poet of worth. It does not seem quite right that there may be a formula or recipe to produce a poet. Certainly a base line of being literate is required along with some concept of the fundamentals of structure but that is like breathing air to a writer. There must be something else that makes the poet.

Did a poet write this?

The game is afoot!

What devilish scheme is this youngster hatching?
What devilish scheme is this youngster hatching? | Source

Poets are brave heroes.

Getting back to our man who could not write poetry but did there seems to be something present that empowered him and motivated him. First let us dispel this idea about the audience. Yes the women loved him and clearly would have a bias. But of course. The whole world loves an artist and has bias. If the audience is one or one million does not really change the art. Broad appeal verses narrow appeal. The undiscovered artist until his death and then he becomes famous. All a matter of focus and intrigue of the audience and not about the work itself. Certainly children’s poetry may not be appealing to a Poe fan and on and on. So the audience is not where we find the answer to our query.

What of the subject matter? Well probably not, probably the poet wrote about love and love is surely the most popular subject among poets.

So it would seem that we are left with a sort of conclusion. One that is also sort of a mystery. Perhaps a poet is one imbued with a need to write poetry. They say that necessity is the mother of all invention. Maybe our poet had a need to convey his love and that alone lifted him to the heights of ability to write poetry. For some magical reason the muse of poetry enters the would be poet and the poet must get it out. Almost like a parasite that will eat him alive if he does not find an outlet for it. Or like a demon possession that seeks to leave the host and spread to another. True torment and suffering until sweet release in poetry. With that thought in mind we can hear ourselves saying upon reading the next poem, “well do you feel better now that you got that out?”. And we can now look at the poetry as some independent living being apart from the conduit poet. They are simply vessels through which the poetry passes on it’s journey to be known. A very amazing concept indeed.

Or perhaps the poet is the genesis of the poetry. In fact it is like a child of the poet. A part of the poet. And like a mother giving birth it comes out fully human yet not yet developed. While the gestation period of creation and life giving is essential the nurturing and care taking is what forms the mature poetry. Some poetry raw and juvenile too young to be exposed to the world, some aged just right like fine wine, and still others too old and beaten down to breathe real life. Clearly here there would be care given in the inception and in the finishing of the work. Somehow a seed is germinated in our poet that he later gives life to. And just like living creatures there will always be a miracle of life that is beyond our ability to grasp, even though the biomechanics are easy to understand.

A bit about a Poet and the author. It gives me no pleasure at all to say that some poetry gives me no pleasure at all. Too cutesy is just too cutesy and hopelessness in any form just does not sit well. Really long poems are boring and it is real tough to write a really short one that grabs attention and lends itself to immersion. There is a stranger phenomenon for this author. While we are not talking about superficial flimsy poetry at all, we just dismiss that group out of hand, good poetry says “here is my heart”. Some poets I like some days and don’t like other days. It kind of requires a meeting of the heart in some form of poetic empathy. But some poets I have gotten to know through their work. It is almost embarrassing to say but through the nature of the personal revelations in their art I know them better than my own spouse. Now that is heavy. I must be careful that they do not become the dealer in my addiction to their humanness.

So what there is about the poet is that they have found a way to lay their heart open for inspection. I would imagine that a heart surgeon feels a certain closeness to a patient whose heart she has held in the palm of her hand – just a thought there. There is something about the intimacy that a real poet can share. It is almost too intense. Not quite like intercourse and not quite like being in a close battlefield foxhole together but damn close to both. There is a shared exhilaration and danger in walking through extreme emotions together with someone. The poet is like the guide who leads us through life threatening adventure, again and again and again. The familiarity is a cement that binds thoroughly.

I love the poet. May all of them be blessed for helping us on the journey to learning how to feel.

How about you?

Do you love a poet?

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      Mel Carriere 20 months ago from San Diego California

      I consider myself a poet, but I rarely write poetry. I think that is because poets are channels for something that is beyond our comprehension. Every once in a while a poem flows through me and I write it down, but it is rare. I think you have a suppressed poet inside of you, as well. Let your suppressed poet channel the spiritual energy.

      Congratulations on this hub making the front page! This was awesome stuff!

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Why thank you Mel. I am quite proud of my heritage and upbringing where suppression of stuff was the manly man way to act. Of course the psychiatrist's bills would have been nice to avoid ;-) Maybe I should give it a go -- look out world!

      (don't tell anyone but: what the heck is a "front page"?)

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      Mel Carriere 20 months ago from San Diego California

      It's where I found this hub by accident. You are a star!

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool thanks for the heads up. I will go look and clip it out for my wife to see.

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      Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

      I think Mel may be referring to your hub being in first spot under your topic here "Finding Your Writer's Voice" ...if you go to the top of your hub and click on that topic it will take you to that topic page where all hubs are published under that topic, and your hub is first!

      Eric, please know your writing is always such a delight to read as it is fresh and genuine, plus you write from your heart. That is what must have been evident in your poetry to your lovely ladies.

      I just treasure my little notes my hubby writes to me on a paper towel next to the coffee pot in the mornings. They are just endearing, and so much better than any store bought card. However, those are nice too : )

      I believe you have discovered the secret and I do hope you explore writing poetry more, even if just for the lovely ladies in your life.

      Up ++++ and away

      God bless you and yours and please keep these gems coming!

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      Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton

      i think every man's a poet.. some not practiced... I kinda agree with Mel.. you have poems surprised inside of you and I see them in brief flashes during your sermons.. .. interesting hub you pasted here.. voted useful.. and interesting...:)

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith,

      We have a note system around here. Me with my head in the clouds gets a list of things to do. My wife who carries the stress of the world on her small shoulders gets an inspirational. I think that might be what they really mean by complimenting each other.

      Our young boy starts school this coming week. Easy to suggest I will be relieved from tough duty, but in fact I know I will be suffering great loneliness perhaps it will seek it's release through poetry.

      Have a great Sunday -- I am off to my labor of love, another sermon.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank,

      I had to stop and consider your comment Frank. I take Mel's and your comment to heart. So there is a good chance it is down there somewhere. Now the hard part, no not letting it out, but overcoming my fear of what I may find if I go looking. Those poets are a brave and hearty lot, do I really have the guts?

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Eric, thank you for writing this hub. It is a wonderful tribute to poets and a great attempt at trying to explain what makes one. I feel there is a poet in all of us(even though many don't realise it). You just need to write from the heart and it will touch someone. I find it difficult to determine what style of poetry most appeals to me. I like Poe and I also love Dr Seuss :) One description of poetry I wrote is:"Poetry is a gentle river flowing through a rocky and mountainous landscape of prose." I have been told by some editors of poetry publications that my poetry "isn't technically perfect" but to me that is not what is important, it is getting your message or feelings across so that someone else enjoys reading it. It's no surprise that I enjoyed this hub is it? Voted up. Hope your boy loves school.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with you, buddy. Although I find it extremely difficult to write poetry, I still appreciate it greatly and am in awe of those who can write it. Long Live the Poet!!!!!

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John,

      Certainly your art was thought of as I wrote this. There is a strength and sturdiness in your poetry yet you welcome us into the abode of your heart. There indeed may be a poet in me, but I am afraid to open that door and let strangers in. Not very Christ like of me on this Sunday is it? My hat is off to you.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill thanks for coming by and saying howdy. We sure are blessed to have so many friends who write poetry right here at HP.

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      I think all good writers are poets because they have a rhythm and a flow. I think good writers who say they are not poets do not realise that the poetry is in their words without them trying; maybe they do not recognise it because every line doesn't rhyme. Poetry covers a wide area, in fact any subject treated with form, grace, rhythm and craftsmanship.

      You are a poet because you have a way with words.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Anne, I struggled with this thought while writing this. Along the lines of "what is poetry?". Over here in our American English it is not unusual to hear someone say that something is poetic. And we have a saying "poetic justice" meaning someone got their comeuppance in a circuitous but clear fashion. And we say someone has "poetic license". All of it very interesting and a clear indication that there is much truth in what you say. The essence of poetry is illusive. A Supreme Court Justice of ours wrote to the effect: "I cannot define pornography but I know it when I see it". Perhaps our twist is "I cannot define poetry but I know it when I feel it".

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      Dana Tate 20 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Most women love poetry, even if its not good, because it shows a romantic side to their man. Most men hate to show that side of them so when he writes poetry a woman knows he's in his feelings.

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      John Marshall 20 months ago from glasgow

      Ericdierker,your hubs are so well put together,I love reading them.they are beyond outstanding.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, it would seem that sometimes it is not what is in the heart so much as a willingness to share it. Thank you for your insights.

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      Jackie Lynnley 20 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Great tribute to poets! Poetry truly is a great release which I didn't find out until coming her to HP. ^+ up and sharing.

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      Nadine May 20 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for that excellent article. For me poetry is a spontaneous outpouring of feelings with words in a creative way. I have done some rhymes but feel totally inadequate to post these on Hub page.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you John. That is very nice of you to say, as I am quite insecure about publishing. I am glad you enjoy my work.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jackie, HP has definitely increased my awareness and appreciation. Or should I say the writers here have? Thank you for supporting my writing.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nadine, maybe we should both cast caution to the wind and give it a try. You first ;-) Thank you for coming by and leaving a nice note.

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      Marlene Bertrand 20 months ago from Northern California, USA

      This was a joy to read. I do enjoy reading poems, but I have to admit that I am one of those readers who prefers short poems that rhyme.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Marlene, I am glad you enjoyed my humble hub. I lean toward ones with a cadence and rhythm myself. But I am learning.

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      Venkatachari M 20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very great post. You discussed it so beautifully. I love poetry and arts very much. Thanks for this awesome hub.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Venkatachari. They bring so much into our lives, I am forever grateful to those who create.

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      Yes, Eric, I agree! We have the same sayings here. BTW, my name has no 'e'!!

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Ann. I think your series "Take a Word" is so awesome. We learn so much by how we use words and their etymology. Our use of words really gives us a gateway to how we think as a "species". And of course your latest has a wonderful bit of poetry: https://hubpages.com/literature/TAKE-A-WORD-BAG-Et...

      (sorry about the spelling - I am Eric, not with a K - ;-)

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      Eric, you are very kind. Thank you for mentioning my series and for giving a link to one of my hubs. Whether with an 'e' or with a 'k', it's the friendship that matters! I appreciate your words.

      I wish you a happy and fruitful week.

      Ann

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 20 months ago from The Caribbean

      I admire your respect for the poet, and I agree with so many of your statements, I kept nodding my head. "It does not seem quite right that there may be a formula or recipe to produce a poet" is one of my favorites. Thanks for expressing so many of my own ideas. Isn't that something poets do?

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, it sure seems like that to me. Good poetry always resonates with something inside. I think I will look for poetry in more places.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 20 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting read!

      I respect poets and their ability to weave words beautifully into fine expressions.

      I do write poems sometimes but that is just to express myself differently. I am afraid I am not really aware about the proper rules or formula to write poetry.

      One thing is sure --I enjoy reading your hubs! Thanks for sharing!

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you and welcome Chitrangada. It is a real pleasure to have you read and comment on my work. Blessings out to New Delhi!

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 20 months ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Beautiful and so well-said, Eric. Thanks for acquainting us with the heart of the poet's soul.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Quirinus, hopefully we can all have a bit of that soul.

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      CrisSp 20 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a great tribute in appreciation for all the wonderful poets out there even though they don't know yet how wonderful they are.

      I personally admire and respect anyone who could express their thoughts in writing and most specially those that comes straight from the heart like those of a poet. Because even though we're all capable of writing not everyone is courageous enough to share it out there and pen it in a way that readers can dive in and appreciate. So, round of applause for the courageous poets (and writers).

      Well written thoughts Eric. It's always a pleasure reading your hubs.

      Love from the sky. ~

      P.S. Poor poet, eh? :)

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for this wonderful comment. Our lives are truly made much richer by our poets.

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      Nithya Venkat 20 months ago from Dubai

      I appreciate poets and admire them. Writing poetry is like therapy for the heart and soul. Enjoyed reading, a brilliant write.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Vellur, you sure are right about that. It is simply a very good thing for both writer and reader. Thank you.

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      sujaya venkatesh 20 months ago

      so poetic Eric

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Sujaya

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      ahorseback 20 months ago

      Well ! , First Eric my friend , I feel honored , not that you're writing about me as a poet but as to poets altogether ! So I will tell you how a sixty one year old poet began his writing career .......right here on hubpages ! Yes , I began writing about fifteen years ago actually . I have to admit I needed an outlet truthfully , the trials and tribulations of a life spent at times in some turmoil or another led me to the need for venting , being a solitary man at the time and without a voice or a friend with an ear to listen I felt that well, why not write it down ? I had no traing in typing , in poetry or writing whatsoever . I was lucky though , I signed up , got my "pen name " and began right here . Eric , here is the payoff ; I got a few comments back - I got myself my first follower , I fan mailed a few commenters and poof ! A poet was born , crazy huh ! So instead of having a cardboard box full of useless poetry in my closet , I put them here ! Anyways ,- how nice of friends like you to have that appreciate such things . Thank you kind sir ! It's kind of like those 'Sunday Sermons' that some guy I know writes - LOL.......you don't realize how much you need them until-- you need them !

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      There is that place where the sorrow and loneliness is almost sweet. For I know that something germinates in that cool dark atmosphere. When the ahorseback writes and shares it stirs the soul and ripples out like waves through a cold clear mountain lake. It refreshes and calms in equal measure. It is not to read but to behold, for such are the gifts from the gods to us mere mortals of words. They seem to emanate elsewhere and simply flow through our friend Ed. A million thank you's for your million thoughts.

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      ahorseback 20 months ago

      You are too kind Eric , You also know that inspiration , so where is your book ?

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      There seems to be one somewhere around here - I think I will look for it.

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      ahorseback 20 months ago

      No ! The book that you will write !

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      LoL, that was what I was talking about

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      ahorseback 20 months ago

      You could do it Eric , and do it well !

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      Mary Craig 19 months ago from New York

      Poetry lives in the heart and is shared through love. You've certainly learned what it is to be a poet and I have a feeling your poetry is more lovely than you think!

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Mary,

      As I have been thinking about it, it is occurring to me that poetry really is more about the harmony of thought than about rhythm of words. Both worthy pursuits.

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      Hari Prasad S 17 months ago from Bangalore

      Excellent.

      I started writing poetry just 3 months back. I found rhythm just recently. I think it happened by letting myself deliberate to find rhythm in everything that i felt and write them.

      I also let people scrutinize it without fear. It helped to overcome my own hinderence to write. But once I started there was no looking back. I wrote about 38 since then.

      I think there has to be lot of good stuff inside too to speak it out loud. Rhythm will follow. Check my poem ' being poet.'

      - Hari

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have little to give in this regard. So I send my love. If you are a poet, you need to know that us crazy people that read it, need to let you know we are effected by it. I will come follow you.

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