What a wonderful question Javier! I echo everyone above, and Cerenity ... that was beautiful!
I started writing a little something in response to to this thread, then I realized I'd said much of the same things before in a little thank you poem I wrote and sent to Ron a few months ago. Every day here, feels like Christmas to me (even though I wrote this mid-summer, LOL) It sums up my feelings on this question, so I'll copy it here. I'm just overwhelmed with this wonderful place ...
It’s Christmas Time at Passions
I want to share my thoughts with you,
It’s Christmas time, ‘tis true!
And though you may not know it,
All these gifts I got from you!
An ordinary morn began,
Like any other day,
I worked my fingers to the bone,
Then settled down to play.
I logged on to my old PC,
Straight to the Passions site,
And what did I discover,
To my wonder and delight?!?
An upload of new poetry,
A plethora of poems,
Some newly penned by authors,
Others, “residents” of old.
The news updates, the greeting cards,
My mind was in a spin;
The Top 100 Poems, I sigh ...
Such treasures found within!
And back within the forum,
You had other gems, I see;
The Voices on the Web is soon
To be reality!
So now you wonder, I am sure,
Just “why” am I so thrilled?
I’m just a minor cog amongst
This Passions underworld.
But oh ... I have to tell you this,
I “have” to say it right ...
You’ve given me such pleasure
To be part of this sweet life!
I say it’s Christmas and I smile,
For gifts to me are not,
The trinkets that we buy each year,
Oh no ... they’re truly not!
The greatest gift one can receive,
Comes from another’s heart;
It’s in their actions, in their words,
‘Tis this ... that “you” impart.
For I cannot conceive the time
And care you send our way,
To make these walls a place I take
Such comfort in each day.
To be a part of something
I have loved my whole life through,
To make a difference, have a voice,
Through poetry, ‘tis true.
I breathe it in, each day I read
Another lovely poem,
Within the walls of Passions,
‘Tis a place I call my home.
So thank you Ron, from deep within
My heart, for I have found,
My niche in life, my soul’s desire,
Where happiness abounds!
I hope you don't mind if I just say thank you (again) Ron, and thank you to everyone who lives within these poetic walls!