Member Rara Avis
Lumpy oatmeal makes me crazy!
I had thought about writing a birthday poem in your honor, but I decided to thank you again instead. You see, I don’t want to go on and on about how much you are helping me develop as a poet – but I am going to do just that. I recently responded to a poem in the PiP Archives about how much you have helped me. Everything that I wrote there is true. You have become my teacher and, as my teacher, I want to show you that your efforts have not been wasted. So, my friend, every poem that I write in the Workshop is for you. As I recently wrote to you, you have made me want to tighten up my poems in terms of structure and you have made me want to delve deeper into content. I am trying. I am not there yet, but I am learning. I am learning from you.
About a year or so ago, I was wandering in the Workshop and attempting various styles of poetry that I read about in pervious lessons on the Open Board. One day I got a letter from Marge telling me she had noticed and was going to try to get the Workshop going again. It was not the first time that I had seen the “power of Marge” in action – but, I am forever grateful to her. She did her Marge-magic and here I am a year later – still plugging along with you as my teacher. Sometimes, I think I 'get' it and other times, I still ram my head into my monitor. That hurts, but it kind of pounds some sense into my thick head.
Balladeer, I thank you. Thank you for teaching me. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your sense of humor. Thank you for the challenging lessons. But, above all, thank you for caring for me and everyone who reaches out to you for help. I can’t believe how much you have given us in terms of time and knowledge. When I write that first book – I promise you the dedication. In the meantime, when I publish in my first magazine – you will know that there is a silent dedication to you.
I am sending happy birthday wishes to you, Michael Mack. Thank you for giving me the gift of you – the time of you.
A very grateful,