Winston, I wasn't going to reply to this thread, but felt compeled to do so, for some reason.
First of all, I don't consider myself to be a poet, especially amongst all the great poets here at PIP. But. writing my feelings and thoughts is very good therapy for me, and has been for a long time. When I came to Passions In Poetry, it really amazed me that so many people related to what I had written...and were even interested in what I have to say.
This is the first forum I've ever participated in, so I don't know about how others operate. I just know that when I came here, the ones who were getting the most responses were the poets who were writing from their hearts. You could just feel what they were writing when you read it. And also, those same writers were reading everybody elses posts and replying to them. Even if it was only a little reply, they let the others know that they were reading there work. Lots of times I had read without replying. Now, most of the time, I say a word or two if I can't think of more to say.
Anyway, I said all this to say that you never know when you post a poem just who may relate to what you've written or be touched by something you said. Don't ever quit writing, because others get help from your writing, even when you don't know it.
~Ethel~ aka garysgirl