Sure, I have been away (off and on) for a while. Though I have been peeking in...reading mainly but, I do respond when I've the time. I tell you this much...from some of the comments on replies or comments given about poetry content, I've kept my replies to a minimum!
I once adored this place. I've been here for quite a while. Things have changed so much. Even "cliques" have formed...and I don't use that word lightly. I thought we as poets, were all equal here. Not the case at all. I'm surely not the only one that feels this way.
What is it? The sheer number of members? (and please don't throw it in my face that I've only 700+ posts, while others are astronomical...that doesn't mean I can't READ!!!!)
Another thing...though it may sound selfish, why wasn't I given the opportunity to join in a Birthday wish for Ron? The were no notifications...not one person emailed saying "pssssst, wanna know a secret?" Nothing. Not given the opportunity to write a poem or say BOO!
Can you spell "C L I Q U E" ??
Selfish, right? Perhaps. Hurt feelings more like it. No, I'm not best buddies with Ron, or Nancy, or Sharon. But, like I said before...I've been involved with Passion's for a long time. (At least I think I have?)
I haven't contributed enough? Ok, I can live with that. Give me the line..."We can't possibly invite 2000+ people to join in the celebration." Ok, understandable. More than understandable...I agree 100%. Doesn't mean it doesn't still bother me...a bit.
I don't have 3000 posts...but I'm HERE!!! See me waving from the sidelines??? I tell many people of this site. I don't consider myself an outsider. Or at least, I didn't. Until recently.
I do quite a bit of reading here. If I could respond to everything I've read, I'd be in those 1000 #'s too. I simply can't. If I did, I'd miss out on the reading. Time restraints, you know. And I feel I learn a great deal more through reading than replying!!!!
I'm still HERE!!! And I'm not going anywhere, because I still love this place. I just will have to accept the changes and remain on the sidelines. Reading...reading...reading and replying when I can.
RANT RANT RANT!!!!!
Ok, 'nuff said.
[This message has been edited by Sally S. (edited 01-27-2000).]