Lansing, MI USA
Thank you all for your participation in this discussion. All of your opinions are welcomed and encouraged.
First of all, let me say that this post was in no way directed at any one person. If someone feels that it was, I apologize, it's just that I've been seeing too much of this and I'm tired of it. It does nothing to further the cause of Passions, and all it does it cause hurt feelings and makes us lose good poets and good friends.
I would like to single out some comments. If I may. . .
I commend your thoughtfulness for bringing this up Sven, I really do. But I think that focusing on Passions is the wrong approach. By doing it that way, you're likely to miss your intended targets and hit a lot of people that aren't involved. If you're having a problem with some members of your family, do you call all of them out and start calling names? No, you go to the ones whom you have a problem with. Doing otherwise will often be more problematic than it's worth (as we both know).
Oh - and one more thing: I don't think you have to worry about Passions dying. While there is a small percentage of people who might be hurting it, there is a much larger percentage of those caring, considerate, kind, and strong people holding up the walls.
I think that you have said it correctly Christopher. Better than I did. And I know that I may have gone a little overboard here, but I just didn't know how else to approach this. It was just something that I felt needed to be said. . . and now that I've said it, I will retire back to why I'm here. . . to write and read poetry. Oh, and yes. . . to participate in wonderful discussions here in The Alley.
And I know that you and I and all the other people who value Passions will do whatever is necessary to help make sure that Passions is here for all of us. . . and for that, I am thankful.
And one more thing. . . I appreciate your other comment also!
proceeding to follow Balladeer in the action of slitting my wrists for agreeing with Christopher about anything
This isn't a place for people who like to get up on soapboxes, they are not wanted here. We are all equals, it is a family of friends.
Normal families make up, forgive their arguements or differences we should do the same.
It should be a haven, not a place we fear to come for someone may condemn us. Almost a poetry commune.
You are absolutely right my friend. This is a "Family of Friends" and it should always be.
We should be able to not hold grudges and move on from them. This should be a haven, a place of acceptance. It might not always be. . . but it should try to be.
RG, thank you for your honest, open responses. . . my heart also goes out to you my friend. . . you always seem to know how to make me laugh. . . and your words have not fallen on deaf ears here. . .
Okay, that's all. . . I'm done. . . if anyone else has anything to say. . .please feel free. . . if not. . . let's get back to having fun, writing poetry, and making this the best place to be. . .
Our Family of Friends!!!!!
Thank you all again. . .
That which gives light must endure burning