Member Rara Avis
Cool name. Thanks for reading. And I don't think I'm alone, just in waiting.
C'mon, it's not THAT good. Seriously, I'm glad you enjoy my work, but please don't worship it. Admire the craft, sure; but once you place it above and beyond just words assembled together, the poem is no longer something immediate and relevant, but timeless -- something to be viewed at your leisure under glass or hanging on a gallery wall; impact all but gone. That's a great fate for poetry after the poet is dead. But living, it saps any and all experiments, permutations, feelings a poet might try to express, and sticks it all into the dreaded category of "Wow, I could never match this!" Still, glad you enjoyed.
I think of this more as bittersweet than outright sad. Maybe I've just weathered the emotions so much in me that it doesn't affect me anymore.
Thanks all, for reading, and responding.