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Pantygynt
Many thanks for this six star review. It is much appreciated.
16-Jun-2020
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Hopes Dashed -- 1879-1881 by Pantygynt

Chapter 24 of the book The Maid of the Mill

Exceptional
This work has reached the exceptional level

I found this chapter quite interesting. I admit I'm not totally invested in the characters yet but it kept my interest.

I really just enjoyed the read and didn't stumble over anything I'd change.

Well done, Gynt


WalkerMan
Thank you, Missy, for your heartwarming comments on my poem about what an ideal long-term relationship ought to be.

Thank you for the sixth star too, though your words mean more.

This is conscious living in each moment as though it is the last, with nothing held back, and eternal togetherness to gain. -- Mike
15-Jun-2020
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Till Shadows Have Eaten the Moon by WalkerMan

Exceptional
This work has reached the exceptional level

Laugh with me, cry with me,
Share your deep thoughts --
There's life to be lived...
Till shadows have eaten the moon.


Using 20 ordinary words, you have given true love flight.

Simply breathtaking, my dearest poet.

Thank you for sharing your soul :)

Always
Justafan of yours
~M~


WalkerMan
Thank you, Missy for your warm compliments about this poem. "Mandorla" is one of my own favorites, and has sixteen color illustrations in my book. As the line you picked implies, I think of love (with the right partner) as eternal.

Two people can be very different and still have a strong union if they respect and appreciate their differences, rather than fuss over them.

DIversity actually improves ability to withstand ADversity.

Anyway, thank you for the sixth star, too. -- Mike
14-Jun-2020
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Mandorla by WalkerMan

Exceptional
This work has reached the exceptional level

Loving til ages unwind

~sigh~
Soft, caressing and timeless! You have so much tenderness in your art!

You don't even feel the bonds that are woven around your heart as you read these beautiful lines.

~Sigh~

Always
Justafan of yours
Missy


WalkerMan
Such a beautiful flower is always welcome in my garden of life.... :))
14-Jun-2020
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Saying Goodbye by WalkerMan

Exceptional
This work has reached the exceptional level

Reading this brought tears to my eyes.
Love is evident in every word.

I never really knew my father. He died in a hunting accident before my 5th birthday. I often wonder how different my life may have been.

Beautifully done.

Always
Missy


WalkerMan
:)) Thank you. My father raised me to care about others, and I do.

The poem I recited is called "The Doorway" and is in "Time to Let Go" in my Portfolio. It will bring more tears, but it may bring you some solace too. -- Mike
14-Jun-2020
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Saying Goodbye by WalkerMan

Exceptional
This work has reached the exceptional level

Reading this brought tears to my eyes.
Love is evident in every word.

I never really knew my father. He died in a hunting accident before my 5th birthday. I often wonder how different my life may have been.

Beautifully done.

Always
Missy


WalkerMan
Thank you, Missy. My heart goes out to you for having lost that vital part of your life so early. From what I know of you so far, I'd say that his wise and loving spirit is still guiding and protecting you, just as mine is with me. Here is a virtual hug for your tears: O
-- Mike
14-Jun-2020
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Saying Goodbye by WalkerMan

Exceptional
This work has reached the exceptional level

Reading this brought tears to my eyes.
Love is evident in every word.

I never really knew my father. He died in a hunting accident before my 5th birthday. I often wonder how different my life may have been.

Beautifully done.

Always
Missy


Ulla
Thanks so much, Missy. I so appreciate it and the lovely six stars. it means a lot to me. Warm regards. Ulla:)))
14-Jun-2020
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The Fisherman's Son-Sixty-Six by Ulla

Chapter 66 of the book The Fisherman's Son

Exceptional
This work has reached the exceptional level

I can see I have a great deal of catching up to do, my friend.
This is told with a softness born of familiarity to be sure!
I felt as if I was there as the doors opened and the bride entered.

Really well done, my friend!

Always
Justafan of yours
Missy


WalkerMan
Thank you, Missy, for your kind comments on my first Petrarchan Sonnet. Love at a Distance is a recurring theme in my recent poems. I much appreciate the extra star too. -- Mike
14-Jun-2020
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Away by WalkerMan

Exceptional
This work has reached the exceptional level

My dear poet, your notes alone should disqualify me from writing this review.
But, the tenderness in each word ... I felt.

My favorite(if I had to choose one) would be;
Yet patience must my soul command for now,
Sometimes, patience is the glue that keeps a dream alive.

Beautiful ...just beautiful!

Always
Justafan of yours
Missy


WalkerMan
You are most welcome, Missy. This is the kind of effort I put into ALL I do. I have always been a "bolt clincher" -- as described in Edgar A. Guest's 1922 poem "Clinching the Bolt" (which is in my literary art book, along with the epigram below by an unknown author).

ALWAYS FINISH

If a task is once begun
Never leave it till it's done.
Be the labor great or small,
Do it well or not at all.


First, never put yourself down, lest you come to believe you are less than you truly are. I value every reader's opinion of my work.

Second, you cannot offend me, as that is not my nature. If I disagree, I'll explain why, politely and logically. I taught Elementary Logic to freshmen through seniors for three years on my way to my Masters Degree as one of the first five students in Information Science when the university I attended was only the second in the country to begin such a program in 1964 (the year I got married). (My wife got a kick out of explaining to her friends what a Computational Linguist did. We liked entertaining some of my students on a Saturday night. She baked cookies from her mother's recipe, and we discussed Star Trek, which then was in its original three-season run.)

Both my mother and my wife had volatile tempers. From my gentlemanly father, I learned how not to respond in kind. (He and my mother were married for fifty-four years.) It irked my wife that she could not rile me, but we had fun making up....

The poem that lent its name to my book is my "flagship" -- "Till Shadows Have Eaten the Moon" (and it has twenty-eight color illustrations in my book). It is my expression of what an ideal long-term relationship should be. Other key poems are "Love is the Wind, the Sun, and the Rain" (which I had to re-title as "Life and Love" for posting here because the original title was too long), and "Mandorla" (about love between opposites).

If formal reviewing is too much, just make a list of titles that interest you with a comment on each and send it to me as a PM. Your opinion is what matters.
-- Mike
14-Jun-2020
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Shadow Of What Was by justafan

Exceptional
This work has reached the exceptional level

For some people (more often women than men), their appearance becomes their self-identity. For others (more often men than women), their job becomes their self-identity. In the former case, anything that lessens their attractiveness or any occurrence of rejection can leave them devastated, possibly permanently. In the latter case, men with no hobby or other pastime often die within eighteen months of retirement from a long-term job, as that was their reason for getting out of bed in the morning.

In my lifetime, I have personally known at least a dozen warm-hearted, mentally brilliant, beautiful (yes, all three) women whose husbands cheated on them with a far lesser woman (on those three scales) until the first women sued for divorce. Were I not already happily married at the time, I'd gladly have taken up with ANY of them and made a happy life by treating her right, including taking an interest in all she cared about.

The men who dump such women all have one thing in common -- they couldn't stand not being able to feel superior on all levels, so they sought one who filled that need.

A man -- no matter how disadvantaged in appearance, societal position, or wealth (or earning power) -- will never be dumped by a woman he treats with respect for all she is, and endeavors to show her daily that he cares about her and her interests, including through the companionship of meaningful conversation.

Thus, the foolish man in your poem would never have felt jealousy if he had properly cherished the treasure he had, for she would have proven to him daily (and nightly) that only he had her heart.

Meanwhile, she never felt her real worth because of the lack of praise and encouragement she apparently had suffered from childhood on. Therefore, when her man left, she had nothing left. What a waste of a far better life that might have been!

(Today's school systems are actively destroying the potential of many children by intentionally discouraging all aspects of their self worth.)

Your free verse poem well expresses this poor woman's sad plight. Her inability to grasp "why" results from her entire life, not just the man's departure caused by his own deficiency.

Sadly, it may not be possible to reverse her outlook, no matter how hard a new prospect may try, as she may be too afraid to trust his sincerity. She may turn vindictive, or just wither away.

Superb, and aptly illustrated.

[As for Norma Jean / Marilyn Monroe, she may or may not have known her own worth; but she did not die from a self-administered overdose. That was a factor, but she was murdered while unconscious for knowing too much. (I'll spare you the horrid details.)]


WalkerMan
Yes -- but you have it, as I have been signing it to my responses to your replies. Some of my more recent posts show my last name in a Copyright line at the bottom of a poem, as most of my poems are in my literary art book on which my real name shows as author. -- Mike
13-Jun-2020
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Internet Danger by justafan

Exceptional
This work has reached the exceptional level

Your warning is appropriate now and will remain relevant without expiration. I'm glad you recognized the danger and stopped it before any real harm was done. Your brief list of danger signs is helpful for those who were less aware, and mentioning the steps you took to "shut it down" is equally useful advice. Superb.

Personally, I have never had, and never will have, ANY presence on "social media" -- not even to view a post (text and/or video) not available any other way. When the function of Facebook was first announced, I instantly realized that it was a scam to prompt people to reveal more and more details of their lives, including whatever they were doing and wherever they were (and with whom) moment by moment. The data so collected creates a detailed dossier on each user, which can be sold or otherwise transferred for marketing and/or more nefarious purposes. That such sites can be used (or hacked) by individuals (and/or governments -- foreign or domestic) for evil purpose just adds to their repulsiveness.

Even FanStory membership has its risks; but stalkers here can be kicked out by Tom Ens if a member provides him with the evidence, especially if muting the person seems to be insufficient. In any case, a member can choose to avoid specificity in both birth date and location, plus either omit a Profile photo or use one not showing the member's face.

It is also wise NOT to use a public wi-fi connection unless you have appropriate security software (including encryption) in place in advance. If a would-be burglar (or burglar's accomplice) knows you are not home, your home is vulnerable. Also, ANY banking or internet purchasing over wi-fi places your accounts in danger of misuse from fraudulent purchases, etc.

There's another risk very few homeowners know about -- secret theft of the title on your home, then either draining the equity or using it as collateral for fraudulent loans, leaving you with all resultant bills. Your home title is public record available to anyone. Neither identity theft protection nor title insurance protects you from this. Go here to see the ONE way to protect yourself for just $14.99 per month (NOT a contract -- quit at any time):
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