"And Cerulean, Lori might have approved of your whimsy. I didn't."
Jerry- Ok. Being someone who looks at things in mathematical terms of probability, the odds tells me that the above sentence in a single reply, without other sentences in the reply, was not made in jest, but in hostility.
Let me gently assure you that my joke was not directed at you as a person. I do appreciate who you are, based on your works and comments I've read so far. I think you're brilliant. I was hoping to see that you could actually take a little joke from someone you barely know. Please do not take my joke personally.
Re: "allow him in the game"... one thing we should think about is this: how many people regularly post here nowadays? Do you wish to drive away newcomers with clique ways of thinking?
The other thing is: the PIP forums used to be my old home. It's so different now. The active members, the overall atmosphere, has changed... it's much quieter... in fact, all I have are treasured memories. Everyone I knew has pretty much left (e.g., DreamEvil, Isis, Paul Allen Lupien, Severn, Christopher, doreen peri, WhtDove, RainbowGirl, Elizabeth (who's listed as a moderator but rarely active, it seems), poetFemmeFatale, Balladeer, and so many others including the new faces that always popped up) who used to be here.
Above all, I miss those who were fans of my work and liked to follow my writings (that especially goes for Isis). So you (Jerry) and everyone of today's much smaller (but still lovely) community would be doing me a favor by not being so quick to exclude me, someone who used to be an active member. Even for the occasional joke at your expense, which I was also on the receiving end back then. Do you understand?
Come to think of it, friend... why else do you think, the other day, I looked at a thread called "Who do you miss?" I was actually wondering if anyone asked about me. No one did, but that's ok. No one seems to have asked about others like DreamEvil either. Balladeer once stated about DreamEvil's poem "The Last Song of Orpheus" that he doubted there'll ever be a better poem (Balladeer's included) on PIP. Your Quintessence poem series, so far, is about on par with the quality of that poem by DreamEvil, imo. While looking at the "Who do you miss?" thread, I even discovered that someone mentioned missing you in action, and quickly informed you of that, giving you a link directly to that thread. But that's besides the point. The point is: don't judge a book (me or anyone else) by its cover.
Granted, my joke probably wasn't a good idea. It happened before you knew me better. But I couldn't resist since I saw a clever association. I'll do my best to not do that again to you. Unless you give your approval, which is clearly needed. However, let's be friends. Ok?
(Lori, I'm sorry to semi-hijack your thread with a verbose reply. I'll leave it at that. Thanks for taking my humor for the friendly jest it was meant to be.)