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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
This poem is about celebrating Christmas.

The best part is the last stanza--

After all is said and done,
The paper, the ribbons gone;
Back to normal activities they go,
And I, back to sleep with a yawn.

Yes, that is what happens when a big event is over ---A big Yawn!

--M C Gupta


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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
Thanks a lot!

Just today I was thinking of trying to improve my listening skills as regards English songs. [You see, English is not my first language.]

I was wondering which songs to start with. Your list has made my task easier. I will listen to them.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (3.5)
This is a small nice piece which is shaped like a poem but is not described as such. It deals with the problem of arts supplies being expensive, such as paints, brushes, canvases etc.

The piece begins with the opening-- I am ashamed.

It is not clear why the artist should be ashamed if art supplies are costly.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of Curiosity  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
This poem starts with--

"Try to think if your life
Held no puzzles at all."

And ends with (after the reader has presumably tried to think)--

"So revel in puzzles
And possible meanings.
For they are the center
And spice of our beings."

So, there is a proposition and an answer. Well done.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: ASR | (2.5)
I started reading this article in the hope that I shall learn 7 tricks used by scammers. I find that 1 to 5 are saying the same thing in different words. No. 7 is not a scamming trick at all. It is just a hope expressed by you--"I pray you never get this far..."

It would be nice if you have a re-look.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.5)
This is a very good poem. It would be lovely to see it in proper and specific syllabic format.

I once wrote an Ode to Trees. You might like to view it.


"AN ODE TO TREES

This is a reciprocal review for a poem of mine tat you reviewed.

--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (5.0)
A nice poem here!

In a few lines, the author has managed to recreate an actual scene from nature.

I am reminded of:

1--An early worm gets caught!

2--One man's meat is another's poison.

Well written. Keep writing! You have talent.


--M C Gupta

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Review of ODE TO COFFEE  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (3.5)
I felt the following on reading this:

1--Since it is supposed to be a parody of a sonnet written by Shakespeare, there should have been given a link to the same.

2--If a parody is written on a sonnet, it would have been rather expected that the sonnet form should be preserved.

3--All caps dissuades one from reading anything--prose or poetry.

--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.5)
Through the rain, the hail, and the snow,
It thrives and strives and continues to grow.
As the weather goes and clears,
Perfectly alright the willow appears.

The tree continues to stand tall,
Through Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
But everything eventually has to end,
So I guess this is goodbye, my old friend.

>>> These are the last 8 lines of this 12 line poem. The last two lines foretell the ultimate fate. The six lines before that speak of a thriving, growing tree that looks perfectly alright.

I feel there ought to be described something during the phase of transition. It is too abrupt a change.

--M C Gupta


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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is really a wonderful write.
Sample this--

"Fiona Maken was raised in a family of secrets. The knowledge she was adopted was not one of them. Neither was the fact that she had been discovered, newborn, in a half-melted snowbank. What her family did not share was the fact that Fiona was not an average little girl. Fiona had an ability which her family kept a closely guarded family secret. She had a way of learning by touching people."

Who can resist reading further beyond these opening lines?

And, well, that is the real purpose and aim of a story teller--to ensure attention and interest of the reader!

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is a beautiful sonnet, written in proper meter, which displays very vividly the goings on in nature in the earth, the sky, the trees, etc., along with man's efforts to neatly prepare seed beds in the lawn to grow winter crops.

Very well written. Keep it up.

--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
This is a prayer to the Devil. That is unique. I have never seen or imagined a prayer to the Devil.

Honestly, the meaning of this poem is difficult to grasp, especially a line like this--


"Allow me to commit brutal atrocities so when my final breath fails, peace of mind may harbor."

Moreover, in order to have semblance to poetry, some attention needs to be paid to line length and rhyme.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of Frustration  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is a beautiful poem. The following lines are just great!

Sympathy can be a curse,
And inquiry a terrible insult.
When the problem is inside,
And anger is the result.

Your feeling and description are both superb.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of Waiting  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
It is a nice and brief poetic reminder about time that keeps slipping away.

Ref:

Spend it well
And cherish them
Even though it fades

>>> What is them for? Looks out of the place.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (5.0)
It is a well scripted description of an imaginary scene where a human mortal is given a chance by providence to visit heaven for a few minutes. The person, who was not very religious earlier, comes out of the scene as one who loves Bible.

Your writing is good. There are 5-6 minor language / spelling mistakes. You may like to take care of them.

--M C Gupta

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Review of The Atheist  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (3.5)
It is a nice poem.

Ref:

I met him in that dark place
As a faint light and dash of grey
I spoke to him of mercy and grace
and about a better way

>>>The first two lines here need to be reworded to be grammatically intelligible.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of Interloper  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (5.0)
It is a very nice poem. Written in a few words, it conveys the intended message quite forcefully--

"Alas, it is true
Even beauty must be gone
If it does not fit"

The cardinal truth is this--Though variety is the rule, conformity cannot be sacrificed for the sake of variety.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
This poem, unwittingly, is a study in he contrast of cultures. The first line is remarkable--


you smelled of cigarette smoke and coffee
I remember that

>>> I just cannot imagine a lady in India (and other Oriental countries) remembering her mother in that sort of way!

Bu, well, Life, thy name is diversity!

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of Valentine Tears  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
It is a nice poem, and a moving one.

Ref:
"Form: Elegy composed of quatrain stanzas rhyming abcb."

>>> As a matter of fact, the rhyme scheme followed by you here is abac! [which is a bit unusual, though.]

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of Going Home  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (5.0)
This such a good poem that one does not need a second to decide that it deserves straight 5.

The following is so true!

A mother loves without restraint
Despite the faults of men
And takes the guilt upon herself
A little, now and then.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of Intensive Care  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is a very heart-touching and realistic account of the serious illness of the author's wife. There are no mistakes.

I particularly liked one sentence--"She is the only person who could put up with me for all these years." Many husbands could probably share that feeling!

My rather similar, but terminal, experience is described in "THOSE THREE DAYS.

--M C Gupta

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Review of All the Time  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
Here is a poem in the praise of the Lord which could as well pass off as a children's rhyme. In other words, this is a poem for all ages. Its simplicity is its uniqueness. Keep writing!

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--M C Gupta

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Review of Do Unto Others  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (3.5)
The following lines caught my attention:

Be a good soldier and fight towards
People coming to know our Blessed Lord.

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1--Why must we act like soldiers against those who are not Christians?

2--Why must we fight the non-believers to convert them into believers?

3--Why can't we leave it to the people themselves regarding:

a)--Whether to believe in God or not?
b)--Which version of God to believe?

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of Why just me?  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
This is a nice story about three soldiers injured in war. Two succumbed but one got out of it. He, and the other two, experienced a glimpse of the "Life after Death". It immediately reminds the reader of Raymond Moody, M.D., Ph.D., bestselling author of Life After Life.

You have achieved a difficult task admirably well. There are n mistakes.

Keep writing!

--M C Gupta


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Review of Circus  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.5)
This is a poem about a circus and the various games / tricks there. It is unique.

SUGGESTION--Jokers are ubiquitous in a circus. You might like to include them too.

NOTE--

This specialty act are the dancing pink pigs,-------There is number mismatch here.

Maybe: Its special acts are the dancing pink pigs,


--M C Gupta



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