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Poems to get you in the Halloween spirit

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 10:15 am

I first met Robert E. Browne when I wrote up an article on his book that was published, “Sea Stories”. Browne is a very talented writer and excels in poetry, something I never seemed to quite get. Since that December when I met him, he has added me to his email list so I now get to enjoy his poems he sends out to others. Here is a poem that

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