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Wow. Truly amazing flow, thank you for sharing

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Thank you.

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yeah the past is always more vital than some ethereal future good one...also the cold cup of coffee forgotten rings true here a blessing discovery ha

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Jul 16, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

Another gem. Thank you for sharing this. I really admire how this went from a general thought about wars to small personal celebrations.

The phrase

"People go

to war to prove

their wrongness

is the most blessed

of the wrongnesses."

is a brilliant piece of writing. I'm in awe.

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Thank you, Arjan.

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This is such a "nets it out" statement. "Anything greater than zero". My math teacher father would have loved this.

meanwhile - you were greatly missed in Bellingham last night. I was prepared to quote several of your poems just so you'd recognize a "substacker" in the audience!

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Jul 14, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

Usually your 'zingers' are at the end of the poem. But I was captivated by the middle in this one, I think "wrongnesses" sounds like a coined word; Probably not, but I really like it! Thanks!

........peole go to war

to prove their wrongnesses

are the most blessed

of all wrongnesses

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I never looked it up to see if it was a real word. I don't think it is. But I loved the sound of it.

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I love the use of "end of shift" here.

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Thank you.

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Love the ending ... I have always wondered, If life was a balance sheet, would we be happy to end up m, overall, with a flatline?

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That was great! Your readings are fantastic and definitely improve the experience.

If I were inclined, would you mind if I put it to music?

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Another insightful poem that goes from the broad to personal and ties the two together in couplets.

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Thank you, Mary.

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Jul 14, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

Everything in history is debatable. The simplicity of our words resonate even greater than zero. I often wonder about the lessons of our grievances. Would we be able to reverse the wrongs of unjust wars wielded for religion, ideology, or the complexion of a person's skin? Thanks Sherman for enlightening us once again.

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Jul 13, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

I can relate to the celebration when the credit balance is greater than zero.

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Thanks

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Jul 13, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

Actually, I found a pair in my driveway last night.

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.... People go

to war to prove

their wrongness

is the most blessed

of the wrongnesses.

Instances where I have been wrong. Debits, credits. Anything greater than zero.

No credit too small to make a difference. Thank you for this poem.

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Thank you.

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Well said.

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Thank you.

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Jul 13, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

I love the humility you express in this poem.

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Thank you, Carol.

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Jul 13, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

I like that one a lot, especially the end.

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Thank you, Joe.

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Jul 14, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

Who’s Joe? 🤣

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Hahaha! Well, I have two good friends named Jen and two named Joe so the spell correct did something! Ha!

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😄

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