That's really sad Isis ... things like that just make me wonder where or what people's priorities are. You should be able to write a tribute to anyone who's touched your heart, without fear of repercussion, inuendo or misinterpretation.
I love to write about people who inspire me ... I've been doing this all my life. Anything from moms and dads, brother and sister, neice and nephews ... but I also love to write about friends and co-workers, and that includes both male and female.
I've written 6 poetic tributes to friends and loved ones who have passed away, and read each of them at their funerals, in front of whole congregations. What that taught me, is that I do NOT want to wait until someone dies to let them now how much they've touched my heart in one form or another.
People here, are no exception ... my heart has been inspired by many who grace these walls with their poetry and responses, and when touched by them, have written my thoughts in tribute, both men and women (hey Marge! *wink wink* LOL).
To my knowledge, I've never had anyone question my sincerity or intentions ... but then again, that wouldn't stop me anyway. I wrote a poem for my husband's uncle whom he adored as a child. I listened to so many of his stories, that I just sat down and wrote something out. I aged/baked and burnt the edges of the paper, and mounted it on a beautiful frame, but you know what? That poem sat on a shelf for 4 years because my husband was afraid the other uncles would misunderstand or be jealous. I finally convinced him to present it to his uncle about a year ago, and we received the warmest most beautiful response from everyone. He is a special man, and it felt so good to let him know.
Oh boy ... I could go on forever here ... but I won't, hope that helps Isis!
[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (edited 10-30-2000).]