I love the writing of Theodore Ficklestein. His writing is not poetry in the traditional sense. He does not have metaphors or symbolism in his poetic writings. His lack of conventional poetic elements I feel, really makes this book easy and enjoyable to read and understand. This book is worth reading and sharing because of the messages contained in these pieces. My favorite poem "Subjective Humor" In this poem, Ficklestein says that the purpose of humor is unite people together and not to divide them apart. A person learns about him or herself in a peaceful way through humor. I love the message of this poem very much. My other favorite poem is "A General's Speech" This message of this poem is that the best armies are not the ones who have the strongest and quickest soldiers. The best armies have people who are willing to sacrifice everything for the people fighting next to them. This is an excellent message to remember and to communicate in a poem. "Ten Languages In One Poem" is another poem that I like. Each line of this poem says this is how to write a poem in a different language. I recognized the Spanish, German French and Japanese lines. I am still trying to figure out what language the other five languages are written in. I like the challenge of having to learn what these other languages are. "Reading The Dictionary" is another good short poem that I like. I learned that the word zymosan is the last word listed in the dictionary. I learned that a zymosan is a carbohydrate found in yeast. The poem "Religion" resonates with me. This poem reminds a person's religious belief is a personal decision. My religion does not have to be the religion of my parents or other family members. I have always wanted to have a writing as a writer. The poem "You and Your Writing" encourages me to find different things to write about all the time. I struggle with writer's block some times. This poem reassures me that there is always something worth writing about. "What Happened" is a poem that reminds me to live life to the fullest and to have compassion for people who are less fortunate than myself. This poem makes me feel grateful for all the things I have. "My Decalogue" is Ficklestein's version of the Ten Commandments. He believes in not committing adultery, but he humorously phrases by saying to keep it my pants. He recognizes the importance of striving to attend the Sabbath every Sunday. He is truthful when he writes that people can be busy on Sunday. He still advises busy people to go to church when they can. I enjoy the insightful witty writing of Theodore Ficklestein very much.
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