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November 12, 2021

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Wonderful. I can read this over and over.

"Snabbled." As a chess move it would get a !

Great poem Mitch
I've lived a few decades but have yet to "snabble" a thousand women ( short by about 42)
On my next trip to Syria maybe luck will follow and win over a Western minded broad
Flattery only will get you so far
Honey and sweets are delectable treats in the Middle East
That's how to capture her heart
I'll whisk her away to Israel home to three major religions
And we'll bathe in the sunset of Jerusalem

In Crime and Punishment the demonic character Svidrigailov
says flattery is the key. But you have to know when and how
to use it. Alas, the book does not provide that information.
Keep on snabbling!

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