British Columbia, Canada
Raph, and Susan - Karen is driving me nuts to unload in here some memories, so I may tell the odd one, and especially about Woodstock as it was awesome! I left my son (who was under 2), and took off to be a "girl" again and go with my two cousins to New York, well the rest became history to the world and in our family.
Maureen - I must have missed something as I am not quite sure what your posting related to, but I can answer the "what do people expect on here" part a bit. No much, just a friend to listen, respond, or understand I suppose. I have a life beyond this computer as well that sometimes is way to hectic, but I continue to make time for the friends I have met on the computer, and specifically through Ron's generosity. Some of these people will be in my life long after those I see daily are gone I am sure as the intensity of these friendships are stronger. As Karen once put it, "She has seen us nekked!" through our poetry. There is nothing like poetry to really discover whom a person really is if you read between the lines.
I hope I am not off track here? If anyone comes onto a site like this looking for that external gratification in the way of responses, then I think they are here for the wrong reasons. First, poetry should be written for yourself, and second, it is what you think of that piece just written at the end of the day that counts. Those lovely responses, unless they are in critical analyses, are just niceties from people that fancy you as well as your work. They are a means of connecting to someone. Some poets don't even respond to them because they don't wish to start something they can't finish.
How do I know this? I have written some really terrible stuff, and can't do poetic structure if I tried (not enough time,) but still they comment more than I deserve. I have taken a break from writing anything for now on here, but do it on my computer.
As for you, again I hope I am on track here as well. You have been through such an extremely demanding, emotional, and exhausting experience that places so many demands on a person's mind, body and soul. A lot of us walked part of that journey with you and had hoped you could feel that support, because it was sure there. If you feel somehow "slighted" I think you have to be more concise as to why and how. This circle of friends in here could not be stronger if we were neighbours and all one has to do is ask for support, and I bet you could not shut that door from people streaming through it to be there.
If you are currently feeling "something" that is unpleasant or even pleasant, and wish to share it - there are people in here that sometimes just sit back in their chair and read, and go, "Ahhhh," and then there are others like me that step up to the plate with that "shy Sunshine " and speak up. Nonetheless, we all care about each other the same, and the only way to make a bond like we have strong and keep it strong is to be active in it. Like my Mom used to say, "What is it? I can't read your darn mind?" but then now, that is another story that can't be printed from a chapter of my life.
Now I am probaby making a real ass out of myself and don't even understand the concept of the words before me - if so, I apologize, as my intentions were noble.