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Balladeer
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0 posted 05-22-2003 01:16 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Well,  not really but, in a way, yes. Some time ago I was contacted by a teacher who had read one of my poems on our site. This is a compilation of our correspondence....

Dear Michael,
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I'm a 6th grade teacher.  Our school is preparing for an annual
competition for speech.  I would like to know if I could have one of my
students memorize this poem for recitation at the competition.  I really
enjoyed the poem, and I think it would be very effective in the competition.
Please E-Mail me with your reply.

Thank-you.

Sheila Kirkland
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Dear Mr. Mack,

       This is Sheila Kirkland.  I am the 6th grade teacher that contacted you about a month ago to ask permission for one of my students to use your poem at a competition.  I am happy to tell you that the young man who recited your piece placed first in the regionals.  He will now go on to the state level.  I want to thank you for allowing him to use your poem.  It really is a moving poem, and I'm sure it was one of the reasons he did as well as he did.  I will keep you posted on how he does at the state level which will be May 10th.  Thanks again!

                           Sheila Kirkland
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and, finally, this one....
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Dear Michael,
I am sorry for being late with this E-Mail.  Things are so rushed at the end of the school year.  I did want to let you know how John did on his recitation of "Small Pain in My Chest," for the state competition.  He went to the competition on May 11th.  I was there when he gave his recitation.  He did a wonderful job.  I was very proud of him.  He was one of the five finalists, but he did not place in the top three.  Because they only award ribbons to the top three, he doesn't know if he was fourth or fifth.  In my book, however, he was first.  He was so very excited to be at the competition, and it's an experience that he will never forget.  Thank-you again for permitting us to use your poem.  It has touched many people.  May God richly bless you.  I pray that you know Him!  (John 3:16)  

                           Sheila Kirkland
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Am I tooting my own horn here? Well, maybe a little...but that is not the reason for this post. This example is to impress on all of us how special what we do here really is, how important Passions really is, and how what we do here can actually make a difference and touch the lives of many people we never even knew existed and may never even meet. Ron, if I have never said so strongly enough, thank you for what you have created here. You have made it possible, not only for poets of all levels to have a place to display their poetry, but to have put wheels in motion that have touched lives and made a difference. You should (and you better!!!) feel very proud for all you have done for so many people in so many ways.

Hats off to you, sir


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1 posted 05-22-2003 01:33 AM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

Michael,
Well now how fabulous was that? Congratulations to you and the young reciter who know how to present a good. And to the teacher who has good taste. And to a poet that made the material that made the teacher that made the boy succeed!
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2 posted 05-22-2003 03:15 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine


That story makes it all worth while.

Congratulations to John for getting all the way to state!! Wow!!
passing shadows
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Kit McCallum
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4 posted 05-22-2003 06:34 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Michael, Congratulations to both you and John. It's such a powerful poem ... I'm sure it brought a tear to eyes and a tug of hearts throughout the audiences. What a treat that would have been to hear him recite this piece. I would have loved to have been sitting in the audience listening.

As Sharon said ... this story just makes it all worthwhile!  

Thank you, Ron.

[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (05-22-2003 06:35 AM).]

Nan
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Can I smile two great big huge smiles at one time???

Just watch me...

One for you, Michael...

And one for this wonderful young boy...

Congratulations to both of you...

(I cheated - That's three)
Janet Marie
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And here I said you were too cool for school.

Congrats to all!!! very cool Michael.

You are spamalicious

The gift of both this place and poetry is far reaching.
Yes...thank you Ron for all you do and give.

I refuse to accept that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism & war that the daybreak of peace can never be reality.
MLK

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I simply loved this post! The whole scenario puts a smile on my face--and on my heart. Blessings to you, the young reciter, and to Ron!

--and yes, it also shows us how our Passionate poetry can reach out and touch people beyond our fellow Pipsters!

Loving hugs to all,
Linda
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Yes!  This is the affirmation of what Passions is all about!  Toot away, Michael, it's an honor well-deserved!
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9 posted 05-22-2003 09:10 AM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

How wonderful.....Michael!!!!!
Congratulations to you and that young man!!!!
I know that poem well!!!!
I'm glad it has had the opportunity to touch the many hearts who've read it and heard it!!!!
HUGS,
Bridgette

"Somewhere, somehow, it should be possible to touch someone and never let go again.  To hold someone, not for a moment but forever." Unknown

Martie
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Michael...this is wonderful...how proud you must be!  
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That young man has good taste! LOL He couldn't have chosen a better poem. *S*
Dark Angel
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12 posted 05-22-2003 05:26 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Oh Michael this is absolutely wonderful indeed. I know that poem and have read it to my son Daniel, he is 10 and he too loved it.

Congratulations!

Passions is a dream come true and I thank you Sir Ron for giving us the oppotunity to express, share, give and love.



Maree

[This message has been edited by Dark Angel (05-22-2003 05:27 PM).]

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It was a wonderful poem.

And aren't these surprises the best!

M
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Congratulations to you for your art, to the teacher for her wisdom and to the student for striving to achieve.

SG
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So many people here at Passions have touched my life deeply and lastingly, and you are one of them, Michael. Thank you for your beautiful, heartfelt poetry, but more especially for your friendship.

And thank you, Ron, for making Passions, and all it means to me personally, possible.  
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congrats! what a good feeling!
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17 posted 05-24-2003 06:54 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thanks for all the kind comments and congrats for 12 year old John. It is always heartwarming to know our words have touched someone somewhere enough to make a difference.....makes all the time spent more than worthwhile. That's what we strive for, right? I'm so glad fate (along with a helping hand from Ron) has brought us all together here
 
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