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Ron
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0 posted 09-15-2001 09:41 AM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

The main site was updated this morning with a brand new section and about a score of new poems that try to make sense of this week's senseless tragedy. Normally, after an update, I would be emailing each of the contributing writers to let them know where to find their work, and imploring them to check everything closely so we can quickly correct MY inevitable blunders. Instead, I'm posting this notice here, so I can start getting ready for the next update. I hope each of you who have contributed will take a trip to the main site and make sure I didn't mess up your work too badly. If you find a problem, please email me and we'll get it fixed.

http://netpoets.com/poems/america/index.htm

Oh, and lest I forget - thank you!

Adding a score of new poems to the main site was not a trivial task. Because each of the sections are linked, because all of the poems include a "Next" button, because every author has their own page listing their contributions, those twenty or so pages blossomed into nearly thirty hours of intense labor. To get those twenty pages to function required uploading nearly three thousand. It didn't help, too, that I've been rewriting all of our database software in preparation for our imminent move, meaning the new pages had to be "shoe horned" into the old system (leaving a lot more room for errors, by the way).

I mention all of this not for sympathy, but to emphasis how incredibly important I think this is.

There are so many people out there right now struggling for some semblance of understanding, searching for some measure of comfort. Your words, my friends, can help. They can make a very real difference in someone's life right now. Your words may be the kindling needed to ignite a light that, for many, has been all but extinguished by the darkness thrust into our faces this past Tuesday morning. If you've already contributed, I applaud you. If you haven't, I urge you to consider doing so.

Many of you, I know, are struggling with your own demons. You feel you have nothing to say. And I understand. It's so easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer immensity of everything that needs to be said, with the sheer chaos of everything we feel. Our words are finite, and the impact right now seems all too infinite. We cannot make sense of the limitless. Nor should we try.

Cast your eyes not to the center of this boundless, incompressible room, but rather into the corners. Into the crevices. When I wrote "Scared," I tried to concentrate on the people, because that's what I want to remember. Not the staggering numbers, not the devastation of landmarks, but the individual lives. I spoke of my own questions, I spoke of my hopes for unity. Even then, I suspect my canvas was too wide. Poetry is never about "big" things, but rather should be about how those big things, and the little ones, too, effect our personal lives. If you are trying to write about the tragedy and feel yourself falling short, then stop trying. Write instead about your heart. Not the Universal heart, not the American heart, but about yours.

If there's one thing I've learning in three years at Passions, watching over twenty million visitors respond to thousands of poems, it's that poetry is necessarily very personal. What you have to say cannot ever be said by me, or by any other person. More importantly, somewhere out there is a person, perhaps a wife worried about her son in the military, maybe a man with too much anger, possibly a teen dating an Arab, someone who can identify exactly with what you have to say to them. Only you can reach them. Only you can console, advise, or touch. Only you, and the story you have to tell as a writer, can make a difference.

I urge you to try.
rwood
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1 posted 09-15-2001 10:56 AM       View Profile for rwood   Email rwood   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for rwood

Thank you Ron, for your trying and achieving and allowing me to participate in what is now the window of the world to me. I look on in pride for this site and all the work, dedication, and inspiration it offers. Thank all of you.

Sincerely,
Regina
Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley


2 posted 09-15-2001 01:07 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Thank you.

I appreciate all you do for us....you are one heck of a human being!!

From the first page: under my name:
When our reality becomes too horrible to believe, even comprhension must suffer. (spellcheck thanks)

[This message has been edited by Poet deVine (edited 09-15-2001).]

Kit McCallum
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3 posted 09-15-2001 02:12 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Ron ... You've done a wonderful job pulling this page together. I submitted a few poems to the inspirational section not too long ago. If you feel you would like to add one or two at this time if appropriate ... I will leave this with you.  I'll e-mail you ....

*When you move into a new category such as inspiration, it reads "you hare here"

[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (edited 09-15-2001).]

kaile
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singapore


4 posted 09-15-2001 02:23 PM       View Profile for kaile   Email kaile   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kaile

thank you for allowing me the opportunity to do this

will try to keep contributing
Munda
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since 10-08-1999
Posts 3629
The Hague, The Netherlands


5 posted 09-15-2001 03:03 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

I just read all poems and I'm left in tears. Thank you Ron.
Sunshine
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Listening to every heart


6 posted 09-15-2001 06:46 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


I will not forward a post - I'll give my space to another poet...just because...right now it is all I can do, and I would rather read others.  Thank you Ron, for all that YOU do...
doreen peri
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since 05-25-99
Posts 8028
Virginia


7 posted 09-15-2001 08:35 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

can we still add our poems? i haven't been able to do that yet......

thia is a wonderful thing you're doing, ron
Nan
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8 posted 09-15-2001 09:21 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Have I mentioned that I'm proud of you?
Ron
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9 posted 09-15-2001 10:01 PM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

quote:
can we still add our poems?


YES!



Local Rebel
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since 12-21-1999
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Southern Abstentia


10 posted 09-16-2001 12:26 AM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

pat on the back to you Ron... 20 pages in 30 hours is no small feat.... and I totally agree -- words are the most powerful weapon in the human arsenal

kudos
 
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