Poetry Where You Live

Please contact me to have me write you a custom poem for any occasion. I also license my previously written poems and sell books of my poetry. Poetry is all around, not something you have to seek out in some distant place.

Poetry Where You Live is a state of mind. Poetry is all around, not something you have to seek out in some distant place. People say that a picture speaks a thousand words. With poetry, I can paint a picture, capture a moment, a smell, a scene in a handful of words.

Raymond A. Foss Biography I am a husband, father of 3 daughters, and a poet. I have been an accountant, an administrator, an attorney and a town manager. I started writing poetry while serving on the Barrington, NH School Board. Marcy Dovholuk, the Reading Specialist, asked each of us to bring a piece of poetry to read at the April 20, 2000 meeting, in honor of National Poetry Month. When one of my first two poems received a favorable reaction, I began to write poetry more regularly. I was born April 1, 1960 in Westfield, MA, moving to Claremont, NH in 1976. I attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH), earning a BA in Political Science. After earning a Master of Public Administration in 1984, I spent 17 years working at UNH. I went back to graduate school in 2001 at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH (now NH School of Law), earning a Juris Doctor in 2004 and a Master of Education Law in 2004. I started my own law practice in 2006. I retired in 2013 when my wife was appointed as pastor to Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church in Patten, ME. I served as Patten’s Town Manager from February 19, 2016 to April 5, 2019. Since 2000, I have written over 49,500 poems. They can be found on my site, Poetry Where You Live (http://ww.raymondafoss.blogspot.com). All are available for licensing. I also write custom poems. They also live on my Twitter page and my page, along with many other sites. I have published two books of poetry – Poetry Where You Live, in 2009 (https://www.xlibris.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-0056943003), and Getting Started, in 2019 (http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/raymond-foss/getting-started/paperback/product-23978945.html). My poems have also been included in anthologies and other media. People say that a picture speaks a thousand words. With poetry, I can paint a picture, capture a moment, a smell, a scene in a handful of words.

I write what God gifts to me, mostly about my faith, my family, and nature. I also write about current events. I am available to write a custom poem for any occasion.

Mission: The mission of Poetry Where You Live is to share the poems I have been gifted. and to write poems for customers for their special occasions. at a reasonable price.

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5/12/19 postlude

5/12/19 postlude

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5/12/19 Psalm 23, read by Shanequa Foss

5/12/19 Psalm 23, read by Shanequa Foss

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Misuse Happens by Raymond A. Foss

Interesting analysis of one of my poems - their review posted in 2017

https://thepoetryprojectsite.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/misuse-happens-by-raymond-a-foss/

thepoetryprojectsite.wordpress.com   Misuse happens our resources, our vision focused on the wrong our temporal, urgent society-driven desires instant gratification excess, and hangover the pain of loss, misuse estrangement fro…

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5/5/19 One and Only God (composed by Chuck Loucka)

5/5/19 One and Only God (composed by Chuck Loucka)

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Annual Spring Choral Celebration | South Orange Performing Arts Center

Includes world premier of Holy Water, a piece composed by Gwyneth Walker based on my poem of the same name.

sopacnow.org Seton Hall University’s Choral Program presents its Annual Spring Choral Celebration.

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gossip is murder – 2 – v2

gossip is murder,
it is torture to another;
gossip is sin, bile,
poison spewed
acid spit out,
poured on them,
burning their flesh

gossip is murder
destroying another;
gossip is sin, caustic,
causing harm to someone
stripping them naked
whipping them, shamed,
burning their flesh

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edited May 2, 2019
gossip is murder – 2 – v2
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1123935843406831616
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/05/gossip-is-murder-2-v2.html
stanza 1- https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1123931718199717889
stanza 2 – https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1123932195062571008
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1123929603322654721
edited May 2, 2019
gossip is murder – 2
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1123927473224163328
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/05/gossip-is-murder-2.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1123926587798323213
&
edited April 24, 2019
gossip is murder – v2
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121072269940404226
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/gossip-is-murder-v2.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121071669261602816
April 24, 2019
gossip is murder
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121065353495437314
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/gossip-is-murder.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121064534364577792
&
May 2, 2019
gossip is sin
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1123919299717029890
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/05/gossip-is-sin.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1123918721985200129

twitter.com “#Gossip is #Murder #acid #poison https://t.co/ntz1oFEFaE #Jesus #Christ #God #Spirit #Faith #love #grace #poem #poetry #prayer #hope #calling #purpose #wisdom #Solomon #Proverbs #Ecclesiastes #8AMLive #reputation #lies #hurt #harm”

4/28/19 sermon, Faith vs Belief, by Pastor Ruth Foss

4/28/19 sermon, Faith vs Belief, by Pastor Ruth Foss

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gossip is murder - 2

gossip is murder
it is torture
gossip is sin, bile,
poison spewed
acid spit out, poured,
burning their flesh

gossip is murder
destroying another
gossip is sin, caustic,
causing harm to someone
stripping them naked
burning their flesh

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edited May 2, 2019
gossip is murder – 2
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1123927473224163328
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/05/gossip-is-murder-2.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1123926587798323213
&
edited April 24, 2019
gossip is murder – v2
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121072269940404226
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/gossip-is-murder-v2.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121071669261602816
April 24, 2019
gossip is murder
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121065353495437314
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/gossip-is-murder.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121064534364577792
&
May 2, 2019
gossip is sin
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1123919299717029890
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/05/gossip-is-sin.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1123918721985200129

twitter.com “#gossip is #murder #acid #sin #poison https://t.co/tIILnjQ1Q8 #Jesus #Christ #God #Spirit #Faith #love #grace #poem #poetry #prayer #hope #calling #purpose #wisdom #Solomon #Proverbs #Ecclesiastes #8AMLive #character #reputation #lies #harm #hurt #pain #injury”

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4/28/19 sermon, Faith vs Belief, by Pastor Ruth Foss

4/28/19 sermon, Faith vs Belief, by Pastor Ruth Foss

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bending to Pamola’s will

the cloud pulled down
pushed down, in submission
not parallel to the horizon
bent, folded, arced over the peak
the cloud molded to the mountain
giving, bending to Pamola’s will

the sky darkening, in the early sun
I could see the fog rising, filling,
the fabric, the clouds moving in;
but not level, straight to the horizon
the cloud molded to the mountain
giving, bending to Pamola’s will

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edited / new name April 26, 2019
bending to Pamola’s will
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121868792043274240
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/bending-to-pamolas-will.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121867925416284160
Stanza 1 – https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121867477233881094
Stanza 2 - https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121867073293045760
April 26, 2019
the cloud bending
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121820963400757250
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-cloud-bending.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1121819779537485832
&
April 17, 2019
Katahdin, mountain
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1118600977513365509
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/katahdin-mountain.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1118600366965309440
April 15, 2019
eternal is the mountain
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/eternal-is-mountain.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1117843582642212864
&
April 15, 2019
four planes of space
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1117795314650550272
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/four-planes-of-space.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1117794434295443457
April 14, 2019
portrait picture of Mount Katahdin
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156512182223003&set=a.80617433002
showing field, woods, valley and forest in
Katahdin Woods and Watters National Monument
https://www.nps.gov/kaww/index.htm
and Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park
https://baxterstatepark.org/
on the Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway
http://www.katahdinwoodsandwaters.com/
https://www.mainetourism.com/listing/katahdin-woods-%26-waters-scenic-byway/289/
http://www.exploremaine.org/byways/highlands/katahdinwoods.shtml
at the Ash Hill overlook,
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ash-Hill/105510876174063
http://www.katahdinwoodsandwaters.com/vistas-and-views/
Patten, Maine
www.pattenmaine.org
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edited April 14, 2019
seeing his hand – v2
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1117527633338818560
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/seeing-his-hand-v2.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1117527050024361985
April 13, 2019
seeing his hand
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/seeing-his-hand.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1117205896784961537
edited April 13, 2019
under than hand of Pamola – v3
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/under-hand-of-pamola-v3.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1117200505455955968
edited April 13, 2019
under the hand of Pamola – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/under-hand-of-pamola-v2.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1117194393344073728
April 13, 2019 9am
under the hand of Pamola
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/under-hand-of-pamola.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1117182694994132992
seeing the way the clouds were over Mount Katahdin
this morning from Ash Hill overlook, Patten, Maine
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edited January 18, 2015
a consort for Pamola – v2
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-consort-for-pamola-v2.html
edited September 28, 2014
a consort for Pamola
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-consort-for-paloma.html
edited September 28, 2014
a Victorian angel – v2
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-victorian-angel-v2.html
September 28, 2014
a Victorian angel
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-victorian-angel.html
sunset from our back yard
the peak of Mt. Katahdin
Patten, ME

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saved by His blood

raymondafoss.blogspot.com poetry blog of Christian poetry by Raymond A. Foss, mostly faith-based, or about family, nature, imagery. United Methodist.

Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church

Easter / Resurrection Sunday worship - Sunrise service at 5:15am at Ash Hill and regular worship (with Praise Team special music) at 10:30am at Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church

Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church

4/20/19 Holy Saturday - before removing the crown of thorns - closeups in the rain

4/18/19 poem titles inspired by Maundy Thursday sermon, Passed Over..., by Pastor Ruth Foss

four planes of space

seeing the mountain rising
in feet, yards, rods,
and twenty-five miles

four planes of space
foreground, middle, distance,
and the mountaintop
under an azure sky

promise of spring
even with the snow
a coating still remaining
under the gaze of Pamola
Katahdin’s spirit-god

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April 15, 2019
four planes of space
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1117795314650550272
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/four-planes-of-space.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1117794434295443457
April 14, 2019
portrait picture of Mount Katahdin
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156512182223003&set=a.80617433002
showing field, woods, valley and forest in
Katahdin Woods and Watters National Monument
https://www.nps.gov/kaww/index.htm
and Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park
https://baxterstatepark.org/
on the Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway
http://www.katahdinwoodsandwaters.com/
https://www.mainetourism.com/listing/katahdin-woods-%26-waters-scenic-byway/289/
http://www.exploremaine.org/byways/highlands/katahdinwoods.shtml
at the Ash Hill overlook,
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ash-Hill/105510876174063
http://www.katahdinwoodsandwaters.com/vistas-and-views/
Patten, Maine
www.pattenmaine.org

Shepherd's Pie church supper - 4/20/19

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be the image of Christ

raymondafoss.blogspot.com poetry blog of Christian poetry by Raymond A. Foss, mostly faith-based, or about family, nature, imagery. United Methodist.

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build godly homes, families

raymondafoss.blogspot.com poetry blog of Christian poetry by Raymond A. Foss, mostly faith-based, or about family, nature, imagery. United Methodist.

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godly homes – v2

raymondafoss.blogspot.com poetry blog of Christian poetry by Raymond A. Foss, mostly faith-based, or about family, nature, imagery. United Methodist.

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FREE WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS OF FAITH

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remove that which is not of You, Lord – v3

Remove that which is not of You, Lord;
tear it from my body, from my spirit;
Rip all of it bodily from me,
I long to be Your servant.

I may regret these words, this prayer,
at least in the short term;
but I am called to pray these words,
to give You complete control.

Remove that which is not of You, Lord;
tear it from my body, from my spirit;
Rip all of it bodily from me,
I long to be Your servant.

I may regret these words, this prayer,
at least in the short term;
but I am called to pray these words,
to give You complete control.

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edited April 10, 2019
remove that which is not of You, Lord – v3
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115981666231750658
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/remove-that-which-is-not-of-you-lord-v3.html
(copying 2nd stanza to be 4th stanza, and to change
the word say to pray)
edited April 10, 2019
remove that which is not of You, Lord – v2
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115972996102070272
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/remove-that-which-is-not-of-you-lord-v2.html
April 10, 2019
remove that which is not of You, Lord
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115972074835595264
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/remove-that-which-is-not-of-you-lord.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115970158294700033
April 10, 2019
the power of the tongue
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115967741964509185
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-power-of-tongue.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115967075523211264
edited April 10, 2019
drink in God’s wisdom – v2
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115963364289777664
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/drink-in-gods-wisdom-v2.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115963802372182016
April 10, 2019
drink in God’s wisdom
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/drink-in-gods-wisdom.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115955105285791745
edited April 10, 2019
eternal wisdom – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/eternal-wisdom-v2.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115946623656394752
edited / new name April 10, 2019
eternal wisdom
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/eternal-wisdom.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115943360261439488
April 10, 2019
unchanging wisdom
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/unchanging-wisdom.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115941443036692485
April 10, 2019
don’t rely on your wisdom
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/dont-rely-on-your-wisdom.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115939176929689600
March 24, 2019
8AM Live
https://www.facebook.com/pastorruthfoss/videos/10217474442320654/
https://8amlive.wordpress.com/2019/03/29/8-am-live-3-24-19/
https://twitter.com/PastorRuthFoss/status/1111563846416850945
part of series – wisdom
by Pastor Ruth Foss
https://twitter.com/PastorRuthFoss
http://www.facebook.com/pastorruthfoss
http://www.pstruthsermons.blogspot.com
sermon blog
http://www.pstrruthfoss.blogspot.com
8AM Live
https://8amlive.wordpress.com/
meditation blog
http://pstrfoss.wordpress.com/
“God’s Whisper” blog

twitter.com “#remove that which is not of You, #Lord https://t.co/NFF1YYfnCD #Jesus #Christ #God #Spirit #Faith #love #grace #poem #prayer #hope #disciples #calling #purpose #wisdom #Solomon #Proverbs #Ecclesiastes #8AMLive #awe #reverence #NationalPoetryMonth #control #submission”

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eternal wisdom – v2

eternal wisdom – v2

eternal wisdom
of God, of scripture,
written down for us -
instructions for life.

eternal wisdom
written in scripture -
words of the king,
imparted by God.

eternal wisdom
passed down to us
to guide, these words -
to save our lives.

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edited April 10, 2019
eternal wisdom – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/eternal-wisdom-v2.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115946623656394752
edited / new name April 10, 2019
eternal wisdom
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/eternal-wisdom.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115943360261439488
April 10, 2019
unchanging wisdom
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/unchanging-wisdom.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115941443036692485
April 10, 2019
don’t rely on your wisdom
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/04/dont-rely-on-your-wisdom.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1115939176929689600
March 24, 2019
8AM Live
https://www.facebook.com/pastorruthfoss/videos/10217474442320654/
https://8amlive.wordpress.com/2019/03/29/8-am-live-3-24-19/
https://twitter.com/PastorRuthFoss/status/1111563846416850945
part of series – wisdom
by Pastor Ruth Foss
https://twitter.com/PastorRuthFoss
http://www.facebook.com/pastorruthfoss
http://www.pstruthsermons.blogspot.com
sermon blog
http://www.pstrruthfoss.blogspot.com
8AM Live
https://8amlive.wordpress.com/
meditation blog
http://pstrfoss.wordpress.com/
“God’s Whisper” blog

raymondafoss.blogspot.com poetry blog of Christian poetry by Raymond A. Foss, mostly faith-based, or about family, nature, imagery. United Methodist.

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wisdom in relationship

raymondafoss.blogspot.com poetry blog of Christian poetry by Raymond A. Foss, mostly faith-based, or about family, nature, imagery. United Methodist.

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4/7/19 5th Sunday in Lent - start of prayer time by Pastor Ruth Foss

4/7/19 5th Sunday in Lent - start of prayer time by Pastor Ruth Foss

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The Who - Pure and Easy

This is Track 10 of the Who's album - Who's next. This is the original version of 'Pure and Easy' recorded at the Record Plant, New York, on March 17, 1971. ...

Poetry Where You Live

Poetry Where You Live's cover photo

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updated Biography page -

Raymond A. Foss Biography

I am a husband, father of 3 daughters, and a poet. I have been an accountant, an administrator, an attorney and a town manager.

I started writing poetry while serving on the Barrington, NH School Board. Marcy Dovholuk, the Reading Specialist, asked each of us to bring a piece of poetry to read at the April 20, 2000 meeting, in honor of National Poetry Month. When one of my first two poems received a favorable reaction, I began to write poetry more regularly.

I was born April 1, 1960 in Westfield, MA, moving to Claremont, NH in 1976. I attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH), earning a BA in Political Science. After earning a Master of Public Administration in 1984, I spent 17 years working at UNH. I went back to graduate school in 2001 at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH (now NH School of Law), earning a Juris Doctor in 2004 and a Master of Education Law in 2004. I started my own law practice in 2006. I retired in 2013 when my wife was appointed as pastor to Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church in Patten, ME.

I served as Patten’s Town Manager from February 19, 2016 to April 5, 2019.

Since 2000, I have written over 49,500 poems. They can be found on my site, Poetry Where You Live (http://ww.raymondafoss.blogspot.com). All are available for licensing. I also write custom poems. They also live on my Twitter page and my page, along with many other sites.

I have published two books of poetry – Poetry Where You Live, in 2009 (https://www.xlibris.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-0056943003), and
Getting Started, in 2019 (http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/raymond-foss/getting-started/paperback/product-23978945.html). My poems have also been included in anthologies and other media.

People say that a picture speaks a thousand words. With poetry, I can paint a picture, capture a moment, a smell, a scene in a handful of words.

ww.raymondafoss.blogspot.com

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4/28/19 sermon, Faith vs Belief, by Pastor Ruth Foss
9/30/18 start of a new poem, "a foretaste of heaven"

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17 Houlton St
Patten, ME
04765
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