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0 posted 07-23-99 09:59 AM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

To whom it may concern:

Not many of you know me. I've only been here for a short time. I am a poet, or at least I call myself that for lack of a better word. I have never claimed that my work is good, or that I have any true talent. I write to fill a need for companionship, for love, or any other emotion that for one reason or another I do not have in my life. This, I believe, is the motivation for a great many poets, so I am hardly unique in that aspect. Through a friend, who I sought out through ICQ when my lonliness became to great, I came upon this wonderful poetry sight. I saw dozens of poets, just like myself, writing from their hearts and then taking a leap of faith and sharing it with others, and I thought, this is where I belong. I gave my work, and attempted to encourage others, and for a short time, was content. However, the more time I spent here, and the more I opened my eyes and watched, I realized that this was much more than just another "poetry site", but an intricate web of friendship, foes, and the occasional lover. I was at once dismayed and thrilled, not one more than the other. I closed my eyes and walked the plank, so to speak, hoping against hope that I could become part of this wonderful world. Alas, I have once again lost my footing and ended up in the tumultuous sea. What a shame I never learned to swim. I'm sure, if you are still reading this rambling letter, you are wondering what the point is. Well, I couldn't leave here, and never look back, without some sort of Swan Song. Thank you, and Adieu.

"Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

-Charles Brugnot

doreen peri
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1 posted 07-23-99 12:18 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

I don't get it. Just because you discovered that some of the people here actually know each other, that makes you want to leave? Friendship makes you uncomfortable? What's that all about? It's only natural for people who spend a lot of time in one place and who have common interests to want to become friends..... and in some instances, lovers. I haven't seen any foes here, myself, so I can't speak to that. I really doubt there are any, frankly.

Friendship is good. We all need friends. What better way to make them? Share your heart and bare your soul through poetry, first. Discuss issues about life in the discussion forums. Eventually, those who respect each other contact each other and become friends.

What you are talking about is COMMUNITY.... which I would consider one of the objectives of these forums. We are not only are we honing our writing skills and seeking out an audience. That's why we post our e-mail addresses and ICQ numbers. We WANT to talk to each other. We have something important in our lives in common.... we are writers... AND we all hang out here. There's nothing wrong with friendship and community. I like it.

What's your e-mail address or ICQ #? You can e-mail me at or put me on your AOL or Instant Messenger buddy list, screen name is doreenperi.

Ok, that's my story --- and I'm sticking to it! Smile. And keep posting.

Member Rara Avis
since 05-19-99
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2 posted 07-23-99 01:15 PM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

Saxoness, I agree completely, 100 percent with what Doreen said. What you seem to perceive as a problem is our greatest - perhaps our only! - real strength. When people share their poetry they are sharing far more than words. Can you think of a better synonym for friendship?

I hope you will reconsider. Poetry, sharing, and friendship are not things to be feared, but rather, embraced.
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since 06-22-99
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3 posted 07-23-99 09:45 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Saxoness, I would truly like to know why you have decided to move on. The reasons you cite are somewhat vague. I have a true distaste for people, yet I have found acceptance here. Other than a few brutal individuals, in their replies that is, the majority of those here are more than accepting. Is it possible that you fear the very sense of community you shy away from?

On the subject of the terminally rude, I would expect more from a writer than a written attack on an individual. It is not what is said, but the terms in which it is put. Bluntness is often confused with brutality.

Ultimately, we alone are responsible for what we say, and the effect that it has. Read my reply to deVine's question on bad poetry, if you have the time. Sorry for the diatribe, at least I care enough, to write it.

Shall I indulge in flights of fancy hampered by clipped wings?

~one voice~
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since 07-08-99
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Billings, MT USA

4 posted 07-23-99 10:01 PM       View Profile for ~one voice~   Email ~one voice~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ~one voice~

Saxoness, I never got a chance to talk to you, but I have read almost everything you've posted here, and you are very talented. If we have in some way failed to help you feel like you fit in here, which you do, please let us know... I would like to talk to you...


"I never kissed somebody so that they would break my heart."

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