Give three gold stars to Menage!
Rarely do I ask anyone if they understand my meaning behind one of my works - I've always felt that a poem has a plethora of meanings, dependent upon the reader.
Naturally a poet knows (usually) what s/he is writing about, and too often that poet can get personally offended when a reader imposes thier own meaning on the work... I try not to do that (although I do, sometimes, get taken aback when someone writes "I know just how you feel, I hope things will get better...". It bothers me more because of the assumption that my poem is a reflection of my life's circumstances or my emotional state...) It is never a bother when someone tells me, "That poem spoke to me", or, "Somehow you put into words how I feel", or similar comments...
Oh hell, I'm rambling again... that happens to me once in a while.
Suffice it to say that I was lamenting the "Up With People" aura existing in Dark Passions lately - a place I thought was designed for the darker side of poetic endeavor. I suppose the moderators have set the tone they deem appropriate for their forum and I should learn to love it...
hmmmm... doesn't sound like me now does it?
Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
"Everything is your own damn fault, if you are any good." E. Hemmingway
[This message has been edited by JP (edited 06-12-2000).]