As you know, I will be honest with you about your poetry. This time, I've decided to do it openly in this forum instead of privately in an e-mail.
Scott, this is truly a wonderful poem! Your range has now come full circle. I worried that you would forever hold the darkness in front of you as a shield and not allow the 'loving side' to show. In this poem, you've accomplished that.
I look back over your body of work and see a progression not just in your style but also in your relationships to other people. You are, to me, the symbol of what our community of poets should be. You joined us and posted nothing but dark poetry...then you began to explore other formats and gradually your versatility showed. We should all learn as you have and be able to grow, to expand/change our style and depth.
I may not always respond to your poetry, as I've said, sometimes it's just too dark for me (although I do admire your work). But I proudly respond to this one.
A full circle! A great poem! Congratulations!