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  1. I read and heard about your National Poetry Month and I confess being a tad jealous. To my knowledge we don’t have anything like this and I honestly know few ppl interested in poetry! Thanks for sharing this great poem.

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  2. The wonderful thing is that we can cry. We can cry as a nation or family. Or just cry alone by ourselves. We cry at big things and things that might seem insignificant.
    What if you couldn’t cry? What if you couldn’t be moved by or feel the sadness of others?

    Too often we say to a child or a grownup. “Oh, stop your crying!”
    We should never be ashamed of crying.

    Why we are crying is a different topic.

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  3. “You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, or even vagueness – ignorance, credulity – helps your enjoyment of these things.” .. Walt Whitman

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  4. Words that describe the unusual or the astonishing are thrown around on white pages until they become mundane, the unremarkable they were meant to replace. The title of this piece–Wondrous, is one such word, but not in this case. This is a genuine use of the word–Wondrous. Truly masterful.

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  5. This is very touching. I remember having a lump in my throat when Charlotte died when I saw the cartoon for the first time as a child. And how moving it is referring to the own mother. Very touching.

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  6. Boy, talk about transcendence…how an imaginary spider became real to so many and moved to tears most who read the story. It also got us to thinking and learning about where pork comes from. Brilliant book by Mr. White.

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  7. Some books moved me to tears every time I read them to children. Old Yeller comes to mind, seeing the looks of sadness on my students’ faces along with the haunting scenes and words.

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