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michaelgallatin
Mon Jan 15 12:48:24 2018

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My Review of No Place Like Home by clb520
Fairies, gnomes and...
pixies, nice! Fantasy (unless they are real of course!) has a definite place in the life of this world and the people who live on it. Fantasy softens, makes ethereal, leads to dreams, inspires in a pleasant way, cheers and calms and most of all, takes us away for awhile from an often harsh and cruel world. This poem is beautiful! I so wish to find this place and to rest, dream, gaze, cherish, love and live for awhile! Very fine and a SL!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Mon Jan 15 12:37:06 2018

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My Review of Poetry Isnt Dead by PoetGLG123
Far from it Sir!!!
If there are still young people (you are my youngest child's age) who can write like this, poetry is a long, long way from dead! I like your content and your style a lot. I've felt like this often from looking at this world and the people in it while growing to be a man and as a poet and a Social Worker. I will concede that poetry was extremely popular well before your time in the "hippie" days of the '60s. But I think it is still around. It's just become a bit quieter and harder to find like folk music for instance. Consider though too my new friend the grow of things like creativity training and mindfulness both of which my best friend is into. I believe those fields not only involve some poetry but are also poetic in their very nature. This is a great poem for my first read of your work. My favorite lines are the first four in the last verse before the "catch my breath" lines. Suggestions on where to go; into your mind which seems fine and creative, into your poems, into your family, friends and loved ones, into a good book or movie, into a cherished and loved pet, into any babies you come across. Those places are where dreams lie and often also where they are fulfilled. The voice of experience young man!

Namaste,
Mike

PS - Such a very easy choice to put in for a spotlight!

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michaelgallatin
Mon Jan 15 12:14:45 2018

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My Review of A Touch too far by matelotrod
A humorous, honest...
and very human poem Rod. At the end bowing to your wife's feeling that she's the superior cook. Two things though by my own observation and feeling. Many and likely most of the great chefs are men. And I think this piece might have even been funnier if "you" had cooked something and written about her reaction to it. A fine poem anyway!

Namaste,
Mike

PS - I make a fine meatloaf with potatoes and a vegetable my friend!
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michaelgallatin
Tue Jan 9 10:54:47 2018

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My Review of God Do Something Good by Marcas
I agree with...
"kitty" on this topic my friend. I think there are plenty of cute Irish girls to go around. Likely many with red hair, cute freckles and for me anyway, green eyes. As the old American saying goes "Don't bite off more than you can chew!" Oh oh, which in this case sounds rather naughty to me!

Namaste,
Mike
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michaelgallatin
Tue Jan 9 10:46:40 2018

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My Review of Foxy Friendship by matelotrod
Well OK...
Rod Doolittle! And don't take that as teasing or a put-down my friend. I talk to squirrels and whistle to birds. And lately one of my best friends is my elderly dog. Animals are truly wonderful and I agree that it's sad we encroach upon their living areas. Well said!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Tue Jan 9 10:41:56 2018

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My Review of Time Marches on by matelotrod
Times change!
The normal American supper used to be meat and potatoes as well with fish on Fridays for devout Catholics. These days as you say there are Italian, Indian, Jewish, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and other ethnic restaurants as well as such foods in supermarkets. Personally I like to try new things and I love the abundance of choices though in a supermarket it can be overwhelming. Nice poem but you want "whining" in the last line my friend!

Namaste,
Mike
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michaelgallatin
Sun Jan 7 15:22:39 2018

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My Review of Sixties Memories by matelotrod
Three Steps To Heaven
This song was recorded by Eddie Cochran who I am sad to say I only vaguely remember if indeed I do at all. Unfortunately he died in a car accident in 1960 which is also the year that song was released. By the end of the Sixties I had completed my first four years of college and met two of my best friends. And I too loved the music, most heavily into folk; Lightfoot, Taylor, Seger, Baez, Mitchell, Peter, Paul And Mary and so many others. So I am in accord and happy that you and your wife enjoy these songs as well!

Keep On Truckin',
Mike
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michaelgallatin
Sun Jan 7 15:08:05 2018

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My Review of A real good thing by Marcas
Believe you've taken...
a bit of flak of late. I refuse to get involved in petty squabbles. I already left a former site due to that idiocy. Nuff said Sir! I find in your short poems some rawness but also deeper meaning. This one I do like because of the suggestion I see to remain calm and under control even after loss. Being an honest and fair critic though; you want "Isn't" in Line One and Line Four would work better with "their own way" since "feelings" is plural.

Happy New Year My Friend,
Mike
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michaelgallatin
Thu Jan 4 15:08:23 2018

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My Review of The Eskimo by Marcas
Brilliant in...
your insanity my friend. I think "seriouspoet" was a bit too harsh. He's OK too but perhaps a tad too serious. I sense some comic wit in this short piece much like a quip from George Carlin or Craig Ferguson. To start with you're saying you will be brilliant but then you purposefully fall short. Secondly where do Eskimos pee and is it painful? Lastly you have the aplomb to admit to your obvious insanity. I once wrote a poem that was slightly similar. It went something like; The poor Indian tried so hard a white man to be. But he just drowned in his tea pee! I believe I called it "Assimilation" or something equally scary. So short and weird but certainly not deserving of the remarks made below!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Wed Jan 3 12:19:45 2018

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My Review of Logic of Nonsense by KenWasky
I suppose...
there is a rather Zen feeling to this poem with the statement that both logic and illogic plague the mind. In other words neither works and we remain unknowing, or is it all-knowing? At any rate a deep piece and one that makes the reader think. Being a "people person" after forty years in Social Work and Healthcare what I get most out of this is; We think in our hubris that we know everything when in reality we know nothing!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Wed Jan 3 12:11:53 2018

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My Review of Make by shar1968
Very short and...
simply said. Yet in simplicity one can sometimes find the profound. Many years ago my college roommate and best friend wrote; "Life, with time, is a puddle muddled in, come wade." I have always loved the simple yet deep beauty in these few words. I find this piece to be similar. A lot said in just six words. And in this often crazy world if we can keep our minds sensible and our natures beautiful it is a miracle. Also a miracle to honor Nature which often we don't do well. Loving people as I do all I would add to this is either "be kind" or "be loving".

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Wed Jan 3 11:58:29 2018

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My Review of Just say "hey" by EdwinBozie
Got to agree...
with what "richom" said. This poem is heartfelt, ethereal and full of love. It's very meaningful and deep though simply said. Which is exactly why those words in Verse Two don't fit. They may be an attempt at cuteness or humor but they stand out more as silly in such a moving piece. I liked reading this a lot but I think you ought to amend that verse my friend.

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Tue Jan 2 11:33:11 2018

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My Review of Garden of Love by KenWasky
From someone...
married now for over forty-two years, Hell yes! It always takes work but if you find the right person to work with you, it's always worth the effort. A fine poem. I believe the tense is past-perfect or something like that. So in the last verse you want "then I know".

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Tue Jan 2 11:26:53 2018

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My Review of TO THE VICTIMS OF BULLYING by seriouspoet
Well said...
and about a topic that has come more and more into notice as well it should. Shows your humanity and caring my friend to post this poem. Happy New Year Sir!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Tue Jan 2 11:23:31 2018

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My Review of Slide through The Law ( Forever Damned) by Deadserious
More sad and dark...
than frightening in my opinion. And this man belongs in a mental hospital and not in a prison. A well written poem about psychosis I think. I'm not condoning what he did yet if he followed voices in his head, I feel sorry for him. By the way I believe you want "damned" and not "dammed" unless this killer is a beaver my friend!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Tue Jan 2 11:15:11 2018

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My Review of Another Year Older! by matelotrod
Interestingly went...
from something that started quite personal into a comment about how we are screwing up Nature. I'll try to address both my friend! Not so sure Rod about the "downward path" part unless you are referring to heading toward death which frankly we all do daily. Personally I think "onward path" would fit you and this poem better especially if you can approach all life hands you with humor Sir. As for Mankind messing with Nature, Hell yes and so very stupid and sad. In the US I think as far back as when "white men" began to shoot buffalo for sport and left them to rot on the plains. Effing duh Rod! Well at any rate thanks for your caring and a Happy New Year wish to you and yours!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Sat Dec 30 11:16:19 2017

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My Review of Reading Red by richom
Interestingly and...
simply said yet also inventive and obviously took some thought to do. Perhaps I will try a poem for blue, my favorite color, so I think you've inspired me to do something out of my norm. I really enjoyed reading this and I applaud your ingenuity!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Sat Dec 30 11:08:19 2017

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My Review of BULGER BOY MURDER TRIAL IN ENGLAND by seriouspoet
I have to wonder...
how I'd feel if two young boys beat, tortured and killed my beautiful granddaughter, Lili, who is two and a half years-old. And I've done Social Work for years with many people including those with mental problems. I have no idea what would prompt two ten year-olds to murder a toddler. But I will say that deep down and despite their age I would very likely want them dead too. Serial killers start with animals and move up to humans. These two "children" began with killing a little boy. Can society change whatever flaw in their sick minds allowed them to do that? I sincerely hope so! But if not, they may kill again. What if they'd been sixteen? Would they have been treated differently and this issue viewed in a different light? Very likely yes to both. Mob mentality perhaps but also people thinking that could have been their brother, son, grandson, nephew or cousin that was thoughtlessly, soullessly and maliciously killed in a most painful way. Not all so sure that I blame them. There are sadly times when "an eye for an eye" seems to make some sense. It's fine to have compassion for killers but where do you draw the line?

Namaste,
Mike
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michaelgallatin
Wed Dec 27 19:03:59 2017

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My Review of And Still I Hear Them by reggie1969
A frightening poem...
of horror of a very personal nature. I have done a number of similar ones due to suffering from depression and anxiety issues. It's well done for what it says but there are a few minor errors; Hell should be capitalized as it's used to describe a place, in Line Four you want "only what it", I believe God-damned should likely be this way and in some lines further commas would help the flow of the piece. Overall though, incredibly scary!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Wed Dec 27 18:51:55 2017

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My Review of Grief by augustrush
Why shouldn't some...
caring person "mind" you? I've read your poems before and you are right in saying there is often a common theme; hurt and sadness. As someone with a troubled marriage who has both given and taken pain. As someone currently in therapy due to depression and anxiety. As someone who cares about others after doing over forty years of social work and healthcare. Why in the Hell wouldn't what you write resonate so that I do "mind"? This is a fine poem for the categories of Sad and Personal. But following the adage of "been there, done that" I do "mind". I sincerely hope that in your "current state of mind" sweet lady that you have formal and/or informal help with regard to feeling that way. A common theme in many of my poems is that nobody should try to navigate the waters of this sadly effed up world alone. We all need assistance and we must "mind" the plight of others. A fine poem but you ever need a sincere ear to listen further please message me! And don't let that I'm half-crazy stop you from doing so!

Namaste,
Mike
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michaelgallatin
Fri Dec 22 12:38:56 2017

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My Review of IN THE WILD by kitty
Beautiful and meaningful!
My friend, in our boundless hubris I think we tend to forget and/or want to deny that we are merely the highest animals in a foodchain. And in some places in this world I think I'd dispute that. Much of the time I also forcefully dispute the presumption that we are the most intelligent animal! Perhaps in some ways such as putting a man on the Moon or killing thousands in Hiroshima. But frankly at times I prefer the whale, dolphin and gorilla. All are quite intelligent and have a form of communication. And, big, sad, surprise, they don't kill their own species constantly for whatever reason suits their current whim! Having gone this far I suppose I should mention that I'm spending a lot of time these days playing a game on the Internet where you manage a pack of wolves. For a long time I've been enthralled by them as has my Marine son. Predatory for sure but so are we. What I admire and what I suppose Justin does too is their complete devotion and loyalty to family and pack. And now, all that said, I couldn't agree more with this fine poem! We can learn from animals such as these and we should have learned from the American Indians who venerated them. It's to our own shame and regret that for the most part we did not! A fantastic piece Kitty and thanks for posting it!

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Wed Dec 20 14:13:16 2017

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My Review of A Knee in the Balls for Xmas by Abra
Abrasive and sad!
One Hell of a poem to place here this time of year as hinted both by your title and by "despair" being one of the categories. Yet sadly abuse knows no time of year to stop so obviously it occurs even when people are supposed to be at their best and close to their loved ones. I see where you did mark this as "Adult" and I am no prude by any means. Yet with the sexual suggestion at the start plus the abusive violence you might want to rate this piece higher than a G, say at least Mature perhaps. Sadly this is a fine poem about abuse but it is definitely not for children or easily offended people.

Namaste,
Mike

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michaelgallatin
Tue Dec 19 14:03:37 2017

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My Review of Scorched Earth by augustrush
Stark, honest and
very sad! And if based upon reality, all the more sad. This morning I mailed a Christmas gift to my best friend of fifty years. Have you even one family member or close friend who does see you for who you are and appreciates you that way? If not, you should work at finding someone. I've had depression and anxiety issues and been in therapy for some time. Plus I've also dealt with marital and family problems. My wife, my children, my grandchildren and my two best friends have often saved me from complete insanity. If this poem is based upon fact, you need at least one person like that. The ones who have stood by me the most are my best friend and eldest son. Those two are sweet, kind, nonjudgmental people with huge hearts. I've found that for me that's the key to great support; caring, decent and understanding. Look for someone like that and believe me when I say that I wish you the utmost luck. As said, a well done though sad piece. Very small mistakes; "alleyway" is one word and you want "damaged and daunting". I'm putting this in for a well deserved SL so fix those tiny errors Mam!

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michaelgallatin
Mon Dec 18 11:03:55 2017

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My Review of An Open Apology to My Sister by augustrush
Good Lord my friend!
Lots of "I'm sorry" in this over and over and very noticeable. Yet it is a poem to say that and to ask for forgiveness so I think it works here. This piece is from the mind, heart and soul and as such is very emotional and strong. It is also something I can connect with on an extremely personal level! My sister and I began to pull apart years ago when our mother passed away. There were a number of things about the settlement of her will and estate that my wife and I found odd (probably deceitful, possibly malicious) and hurtful. And it was the hurt and deceit far more than any monetary loss that irked me. We stopped speaking for years! We had just gotten back into being decent toward eachother when a little over a year ago she stuck her unwanted nose into a fight between my wife and I. I told her off in extremely mean and foul terms and now once again we aren't talking. But I'm 69 and she is 67! At your young age my friend is there nothing you can do to repair this rift with your sister so it does not last 40 more years? I would sincerely hope there is. Perhaps this poem might even be a start? Good luck!

Namaste,
Mike
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michaelgallatin
Sun Dec 17 15:42:19 2017

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My Review of My half sister by Weirdme101
This is very sweet...
and loving especially considering that you haven't met her yet. She is lucky to have such a nice half-brother who would write a poem like this. I find it very warm and caring.
You asked for no rating but were I to rate this it would be quite high for the love shown in the simple but well put wording. Here are some small observations and suggestions if you don't want to start each line with a capital letter; on your cheek, Lovable as a teddy bear and You're my shining star. Otherwise a fine and very nice piece!

Namaste,
Mike
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