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  • whitjr shared a letter in the Group logo of Magical MomentsMagical Moments group 1 month, 1 week ago

    Accomplishing a suprise

    GOING TO BERLIN IN 1970 -for Hank

    They were traveling by train
    the whole family, for Thanksgiving
    at seventeen it felt like being thirty
    courage for the i-am-strong-enough
    to face the i-don’t-know-what
    speaking German wishing-to-know-words

    even so he was in his own thoughts-
    Where does genuine live?
    Is it In amongst the realizations of the s…read more

    Ray
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  • whitjr responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month, 1 week ago

    How interesting to read your comment! Thank you for takig the time to do so…. One of my “Poet heros” is Carl Sandberg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet. Whike I have quite a few “poet heros” Mr. Sandberg stands out as one that wrote for the massses…. And his work resounded with this times in meaningful ways (1915–1918 were some of his poetry that…read more

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  • whitjr responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month, 1 week ago

    Thank you for reading and commenting. The poem above was part of a writing prompt in a class I was in last Wed.s, led by Nancy Dorrier. Having worked with Nance before, I enrolled in this class to seek some empowerment in writing shorter poems.

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  • whitjr shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    WHAT THE DUMPSTER DIVERS LEFT BEHIND

    She had left so much here
    the carloads taken to Goodwill
    numbered, now, beyond ten
    he’d kept a count, tho, if pressed
    he’d not admit to it

    too much there to allow in
    it was only to go out

    elsewhere.

    Which thoughtlined to such a different place
    one of today the multi-colored thoughts and pictures
    in an everyday, always anyway, person’s mind…read more

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    • Wow this poem is amazing. One thing I love about poems is that the reader can picture it differently and the author has a different thought process on it. From reading this it seems like the girl left the guy that they were in a relationship and she left so much things for him to do that she usually does. He’s not used to it because he’s never exp…read more

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  • whitjr shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Note from a Poet

    What are we doing as poets? To whom are we writing? It cannot be only for ones-self, not only for some sort of self-edification.

    I write for the everyday person, for those pictures in our minds we all carry. So many great poets have gone before, I’ve nearly let that intimidate me in the past, causing an unappreciated inertia.

    However there…read more

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    • Amazing! Poems are very tricky to me. Just like art each viewer has their own interpretation. I’m glad your write for people in everyday situations. It does help a lot with relatable situations that we have all been in especially when we need someone to understand what we went through. Keep up the great work and write you amazing poems.

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      • How interesting to read your comment! Thank you for takig the time to do so…. One of my “Poet heros” is Carl Sandberg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet. Whike I have quite a few “poet heros” Mr. Sandberg stands out as one that wrote for the massses…. And his work resounded with this times in meaningful ways (1915–1918 were some of his poetry that…read more

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  • whitjr responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Thank You Lauren for commenting and reading. it is very nterestingtghat the further out I am from being a person as a Respiratory Therapist, the more pungent memories are showing up. my above piece was actually true, with of course the names changed and dates/other references change to protect privacy.

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    • I think that is sometimes how trauma works. The further away from it you get, sometimes the more in creeps up on you. Keep expressing yourself. Keep healing. We will be here to support you a long the way.

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  • whitjr shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 2 months, 1 week ago

    COOL RAY’S BRONC SUITE MIX

    She just showed up with it one day

    the patient I cannot name here.

    She had been one of those few patients

    that I’d allowed myself to get too close to

    guess that we had come to know each other

    over the several years it took

    to get two, t-w-o, double lung transplants

    such a vivacious twenty-something

    progeny of excellently smart parents…read more

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    • Aww Mr. Whitaker, this is so sad. But how nice it is that you were able to prolong her life, while also treating her with so much love and kindness. <3 Lauren

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      • Thank You Lauren for commenting and reading. it is very nterestingtghat the further out I am from being a person as a Respiratory Therapist, the more pungent memories are showing up. my above piece was actually true, with of course the names changed and dates/other references change to protect privacy.

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        • I think that is sometimes how trauma works. The further away from it you get, sometimes the more in creeps up on you. Keep expressing yourself. Keep healing. We will be here to support you a long the way.

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