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for entry "Gratitude
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Rated: E | (4.5)
This is a very nicely done acrostic poem describing gratitude in various forms from being thankful to practicing patience and peace. It includes principles of understanding and dealing with others as well.

It provides the reader with smoothly flowing instructions on life and interactions with others. It's both fun to read as well as very good advice. I could see this posted in various places... Very well done.



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Rated: E | (5.0)
I enjoyed reading your poem, "Sometimes on Waking". As I read I could easily relate to times when I woke not sure where I was, as you so adeptly described. For me, it's when sleeping in an unfamiliar place, waiting for my mind to wake up and fill in where I am.

You did a wonderful job of describing and creating an image throughout the poem. Very well done!

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Review of BEYOND THE STREAM  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
I truly enjoyed reading this poem; it is well-written, has great rhymes, and has a wonderful rhythm.

You did a wonderful job at the description, I could imagine the stream, the grass, relaxing with a good book, as well as the excitement of hooking the fish.

I enjoyed the way you ended this with the fish getting free for another day and how you use the same two lines to exit as you did to begin with just a slight change.

Well done!



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Review of Eight-line Poems  
for entry "In the Wind
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Rated: E | (5.0)
This is a short poem about a tree standing against the winter winds.

What a beautiful poem! You did an awesome job of painting this into a picture the ready can see. The balance is wonderful, the words flow smoothly, and the imagery is perfect.

I don't see anything that needs addressing or correcting; it's wonderful!

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Review of Honey Bee  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a very nice poem, it has a great flow and rhythm, and is just plain enjoyable. I love the consistency shown throughout, holding to the same pattern. I enjoyed how it ended as it started, as well as how the questions develop.

The only place I came across anything that, in my thoughts as the reader, could use change was the following line:

You make me so happy
You truly really do


All the others hold to the same rhyming pattern except "do". Unfortunately, I cannot think of any suggestions that would help.

Other than one little catch, it's a beautiful poem and very enjoyable to read.

Thank you for sharing with us...

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Review of Poems  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
This is a very nice poem about poetry, or what poetry is. I loved the format of what the poem is and what the poem is, written in return.

Every stanza is well-balanced and clear, it's easy to read and follow, and very enjoyable. You did a terrific job of creating an image of what poetry is and how it's balanced.

I enjoyed reading this poem, thank you for sharing it with us.


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Review of Gethsemane  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
This is very well written, it flows smoothly, reads easily, and depicts a scene both wonderful and terrifying. For us who follow this doctrine, this poem is powerful and moving.

Thank you for sharing this, your timing could not be better.

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for entry "~Me and Food~
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
What a great entry! I think there are a lot of us who have bad relationships with food. I was surprised how much of this I've been dealing with myself. Meals are usually in the recliner with the TV going, and food is gulped down way too fast.

I've been working on that, too. Sitting at the table to eat is a big help, but I still tend to eat quickly. I also started Keto, since I have some issues with carbs, and that has helped me drop 19 pounds since the first of January.

Please, keep us posted on how this works for you.
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Rated: 18+ | N/A (Review only item.)
Although I'm happy to have won twice in a row, I would also like to see other's win. With it being a week-long contest to allow more participants, maybe limit winning to once a month to give everyone a chance?

Even though I'm asking for someone else to be picked for winning, I really enjoy writing for the Humdinger Word of the Day, so if it's possible to enter but only be allowed to win once per month, that would be terrific.
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Rated: E | (4.5)
This review is intended for positive feedback, to give another point of perspective and to offer suggestions.


Overview:   A short dialog story about foreign guests and trying to make them feel comfortable upon arriving.


Strengths:   I found this interesting and entertaining. It flowed along smoothly and was easy to follow. The ending fits perfectly and completes the story.


Questions:  I found a few minor things, most likely just typos. For instance, in the line, “You’re kidding, fight? the f instead of an r. Also, I'm not sure if the space between, “We come from different cultures... for sharing your home with us. and Dorina and I had a good laugh... stay with fun people.” is needed or not.


Summary:   A very nice short story using dialog. It's well written and entertaining. Well done.


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"Reading soothes the soul, writing sets it free." TJ



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Review of question?  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
This review is intended for positive feedback, to give another point of perspective and to offer suggestions.


Overview:   A short poem written about a relationship that didn't work out.


Strengths:   It's brevity, it's short but very concise in meaning. I believe most readers can relate to this poem on some level.


Questions:  Being so well written, I didn't find anything to question other than the possibility of adding more punctuation. It's fully a choice and you would have to decide which way it works best. Just an example of how it would be with punctuation added:

Is he a friend or is he a foe?
I should have taken this relationship slow.
A constant quarrel,
No one wins;
I should have kept him as a friend


Summary:   I found this poem very well written, it has nice rhyme and a smooth rhythm; it has a wonderful flow. I also found this poem to be easy to relate to, which adds even more to it. It's brevity is it's beauty.


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Review of Ocean Boy  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
This review is intended for positive feedback, to give another point of perspective and to offer suggestions.


Overview:   A nicely written poem of a boy at the beach, building a sandcastle.


Strengths:  This poem reads very well, it's smooth and rhythmic, much like the waves flowing towards the castle.


Questions:  I had no questions; found no errors.


Summary:   Very well written, easy to follow the story and visualize the scene. Very well done!


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Review of Theopathy  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
This review is intended for positive feedback, to give another point of perspective and to offer suggestions.


Overview:   A short poem written in appreciation of another.


Strengths:   Although short, this item says a lot. It flows nicely and I like the format.


Questions: I did not find any errors within this item. I related with the first verse, but wonder, in the second, what happened to the coin? It's flipped, it lands, but how? Is this a trick coin?


Summary:   I enjoyed this poem, well done.


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Review of Writers Block  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
This review is intended for positive feedback, to give another point of perspective and to offer suggestions.


Overview:   This is a relatively short poem describing the effects of writers block.


Strengths:   The format makes this easy to read and follow. The item is very descriptive and flows nicely, creating an image for the reader.


Questions:  I find myself wondering about using various forms of punctuation throughout the poem to perhaps give more feeling to the topic. Perhaps some commas, a semicolon, and maybe even an exclamation mark or two.

Just an example of how these could work:

My mind is constantly
Throwing around emotions.
But there is one feeling,
So frustrating,
So debilitating,
So heavy,
Writers block!
A black hole forms
Which sucks up
All the poetic melody in me
And leaves me behind with
A jumble of emotion and words
That do not harmonize.
It is the catatonic state of mind
That cuts the power from your brain
And stops it from teaching your fingertips.
Therefore,
Leaving you
Frustrated,
Useless;
Feeling as if you have lost your soul
Somewhere among
The maze of your mind.

Also, is the underlined supposed to be teaching, or reaching?

Summary:   I found this very well written and offer only a suggestion. Great job!


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Review of Tulips  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
This review is intended for positive feedback, to give another point of perspective and to offer suggestions.


Overview:   A short poem of a winter scene, a field, and what lies below waiting the sun's warmth.


Strengths:   Although short, this poem provides a nice image for the reader, flows very nicely, and has nice rhythm.


Questions:  Although I didn't find any questions in the item itself, I did see something in the introduction I wanted to point out: A haiku poem /thinking about the snow blowing across and open field out back. I do believe and was meant to be an.


Summary:   A very nice bit of poetry, a nice image and very well written. Write on!


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Review of The Sea  
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Rated: E | (3.5)
This review is intended for positive feedback, to give another point of perspective and to offer suggestions.


Overview:   A short, free verse poem about the sea.


Strengths:  Although short, three lines, the author does a good job of painting a picture of the sea and of dancing in the waves as they advance and recede.


Questions:  I question the structure of the first two sentences, the first is fine but the second does not start with a capital and seems incomplete. Perhaps a comma or semicolon at the end of the first sentence? I also wondered a bit on the intended meaning of the word swarms. The rest of the poem describe the the movements as waves, ebbing and flowing. This fits well with swells, but swarms doesn't seem to be the best word choice to proceed it.


Summary:   This is a nice little poem, easy to read, enjoyable, and one that creates a nice image for the reader. There were a few questions, but still very well done. Thank you for sharing.


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Rated: E | (5.0)
This is an excellent article, Jeff, good formatting is just as important as the context, if not even more so. Line spacing and paragraph spacing make so much of a difference, especially if the reader is using a small screen. When spacing is too close together, I find myself losing my place, reading lines over, and often discouraged enough to just give up, even though the context good.

Another area of formatting that can turn me away from reading something is if it's all written in a nice, pretty color that blends in too well with the white background, again making the item very difficult to read.

Besides using formatting to enhance an item, we also need to ensure our formatting doesn't create eye fatigue and give the reader a headache, stopping them from stop reading. Experiment, but go back and read through the item to ensure it has good readability and is easy and pleasing on the eyes.

Your second example, of course, does just this. Just a suggestion, you may want to switch the two examples around to prevent someone from deciding the first is too difficult to read through without getting far enough to see the second. Just a thought I wanted to share, since I almost didn't get far enough into the item to see the second example myself. *Wink*
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Review of My Best Friend  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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Overview:   A beautifully written love poem done as a wedding gift.

Strengths:   This is a very well written poem describing the loving bond between a newly married couple. It describes vibrantly the strong bond they will share and how it will grow stronger as their love grows deeper with time.


Questions:  Everything is very well written, there are no questions.


Summary:   Not only a very beautiful poem, but also a very wonderful gift. Wright on!


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Review of The Sleeping Aid  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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Overview:   A cute and entertaining poem written in Limerick-ish form. *Smile*


Strengths:   Both the rhyme and the rhythm of this item are delightful. Everything flows smoothly and I do not find any mistakes in grammar.


Questions:  I did not have any questions concerning this item, it is well written.


Summary:   Not only is this a cute and humorous poem, it's down right catchy and fun to read; well done.


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Review of Unsure  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
Hello Eden, welcome to Writing.Com,

I was doing a few reviews this afternoon and decided to do a review for a new member, when I clicked on "Read a Newbie" I seen your item. So, in short this is suppose to be a review and point out strengths and weaknesses in your writing. However, you start right out by telling the reader not to expect much of anything. Therefor, I'm not going to point out mechanical errors or context issues.

Instead, I'm going to address the item itself and the message portrayed. Your title is very fitting, "Unsure". Your unsure of why you are here, except for someplace to put thoughts and emotions. WdC is a great site and will be a great place for you to do this. You can even set your items to private if it's something you don't want anyone else to read. Even so, sometimes putting things out there can provide some feedback from others who can relate.

It's great to know your not suicidal or at a point of self hurt, but knowing your reaching your limit and wondering why you should keep going is concerning. I hope writing out and sharing your thoughts and feelings will lift some of the burden and I especially hope it does help you to get your head in a better place.

Good luck to you Eden, I hope to see more of your rantings and ravings; perhaps in a diary or blog, which are also available on the site. Look through "Get Started" and "Writing.Com 101", I think you will find this a perfect place to clear your head and get things out.

Sincerely,
Timothy


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Review of My UFO Encounters  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
This review is intended for positive feedback, to give another point of perspective and to offer suggestions.


Overview:   A rhyming poem about space ships and alien encounters


Strengths:   The rhyming is strong and persistent throughout the poem. Each verse describes the authors fictitious encounter with an alien ship. I find the descriptions very well done and especially enjoyed the first, ...bright lights...shaped like a toad.


Questions:  Although well written, I didn't understand the use of underscores (_) within the item. I assume they are meant to be an Em dash (--) to replace the use of commas or colons.You may want to look into their use, too many can minimalism their effectiveness; just a suggestion, of course.


Summary:   I enjoyed reading this poem and found it entertaining and well written. Keep up the great work.


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Rated: E | (4.5)
This review is intended for positive feedback, to give another point of perspective and to offer suggestions.


Overview:   A short Campfire dialogue about writing, or more precisely, writer's block.


Strengths:   I find many, the questions and answers, the format, and the ending, "... the journey starts with a step. ok, one step at a time. write write write."


Questions:  I didn't have any questions about this item, it is clear and precise.


Summary:   I enjoyed reading this item, and found myself relating to the subject of getting over writer's block. I wish I could provide some insights but alas, I also am having the same problems. I can find a hundred reasons why I don't write, but they are unimportant. The only thing I need to focus on is why I do write. I do it for me; I love to write, it's in my blood.

So, where to find the motivation, or as I say, my mojo? I like your answer, "the journey starts with a step. ok, one step at a time. write write write."

For me, that step is to write something in my blog on a regular basis. I've decided that if I cant think of anything to share in my blog, I will look at some writing prompts, select one, and make a short entry from that. I hope it will get things flowing again, and at the least, I'll have some ideas to work with at a later time when my mojo is back to full creativity.


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Review of Depression  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a nice, short, and accurate poem on something we all deal with at one time or another, depression. For some, it comes and goes with the events of life, for others, it's a daily battle.

This poem describes depression well, it shows the reader what it does to a person day in and day out, it is well written and I found no mistakes in grammar or spelling. It flows well and is very well done.

I like the finish, "My dreadful enemy Depression." I once suffered from a long bout with loneliness and depression and can relate fully, it is a savage enemy. I wrote a poem about loneliness when it had me in it's clutches. Please feel free to read it, if you want to.
 
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Loneliness  (E)
A despairing battle with loneliness
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Rated: E | (5.0)
This review is intended for positive feedback, to give another point of perspective and to offer suggestions.


Overview:   A short poem written about how the Lord is always right there to uphold us and care for us.


Strengths:   This poem is well written, it creates an image for the reader of the author as a young girl and as an adult. It depicts an image of her falling often, and how those close to her longed to protect her. It also portrays her strong faith in the Lord always being there when she falls.


Questions:  I have no questions, the poem is well written, the message quite clear, and the message well received.


Summary:   I enjoyed reading this item in your portfolio, the message you have shared, and the wonderful flow this item has for the reader. Well done!


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Review of Richard  
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Rated: 18+ | (3.5)
I find this a good idea for a longer story, there is a lot of room to develop with it. One thing I noticed are a lot of short sentences that could be couple together to make this read easier.

I did not find any spelling or mechanical mistakes in this item except for a few questionable things that would would be corrected by compound sentences.

Again, this is a good piece for developing into a short story or more. Keep on writing!


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