I didn't even know this thread was here until Titia wrote a poem about it at the Open Forum.
It seems that one of the people who think they're such excellent poets has come to the Open Forum to critique the other writers. (Note that I said "writers", because I am one of those.) I don't claim to be a "professional poet", but I did find a very friendly, loving and compassionate atmosphere here at PIP. The huge majority of people here are very tender-hearted people. How Ron has managed to accumulate such a large variety of people is that he has excellent rules and guidelines that he (and his moderators) enforce. He has even set up different forums for people to gather who are interested in learning all the different techniques and styles of writing. But, I am almost certain that Ron (or the moderators) don't allow rudeness and downright mean remarks to be given. I don't know for certain, because I've never been to one of those forums. Why? Because I don't even call myself a poet and I certainly don't expect anyone else to.
Anyway, I know that everyone is entitled to their opinions, but can't they at least be courteous about it? I've had a few of the talented writers give me advice on different styles of poetry. I didn't mind that at all, because they did it in a very courteous and compassionate way. But when someone uses such words as "sucks" when replying or talking about someones heart-felt writing, that bothers me.
When that other person started attacking my "writings", it didn't bother me as much as it did when I read some of his replies to my other "family of friends".
I appreciate Ron for making this "home" here for people who love poetry, even if they don't know all the basics of writing poetry. It is a loving, compassionate, family and every person who comes here is welcomed with open arms. They may not feel welcomed for very long, though, if they're not friendly and compassionate to others. These loving people don't like someone to come in here thinking they know more than anybody else does.
I've always heard that to have friends, you have to be a friend. I have found that to be very true here.
Most people who come here have some things in common, even though everyone comes from different backgrounds. The first thing in common is that we all love poetry, or we wouldn't have come in the first place. The second is that, for whatever reason, we love to communicate on-line. This is the first site that I have ever communicated with anyone on the internet besides my family and my own personal friends. Since I have become acquainted with so many wonderful people here, this is where I stay most of the time I'm on the internet. The reason being that I felt loved and accepted here. I have gotten to know many of the people here through their poetry, because most of them write from their heart. When they do that, they reveal things about themselves that they sometimes had rather keep private...(speaking of myself). But in so doing, they receive inner healing of many scars put on their hearts from many different sources through their lives.
So, why do we all gather here? (because we want to). Why is it that sometimes what a critique would think are the "worst poems" get the most replies? Because whoever wrote the poem has made friends because they were a friend..............
Thank you, Ron, for giving us all this wonderful place where our "family of friends" can gather.