Torrington, Ct, Usa
It just occured to me, after reading liz's second reply, that many of us have made a large assumption in the case of this poem.
It is easy, and almost expected to directly attribute my words to writing, and the critique there of. Understand, however, that this was not where I was coming from at all. This poem represents those who strive to achieve any goal, yet are slowed or stopped by an OUTSIDER. Someone who does/can/will not identify with their situation. If your still patient enough to sit with me through this, I offer you the quote that inspired the poem by Teddy Roosevelt
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasims, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."
There is a key line in the poem, at the end, that says "would you speak not, If you seek not, the very same endeavor."
What I was trying to convey was that, the person who does not try at all, as if to shoot down an idea without offering an alternative, is looked upon negatively. However, Someone who is in the arena, such as a fellow writer is openly accepted. If you took the time to read this I hope it clarified, and I thank you