Hi Bill, thank you for your reply.
I'm not in the business of letting people's opinions get me down, for the simple fact that it is unreasonable to believe that everyone is going to find my work agreeable. You can't win 'em all.
As for rhyme, well, I'm going through an experimental phase in my writing and am trying all sorts. I like rhyme though, which is why I write in it a lot. I have been meaning to look at other methods though rather than the simple couplets and alternate rhymes.
I like cliches, I really do. I like them because people find them disagreeable simply because they think I put them there out of laziness, or dramatic effect. Which isn't true; I think about what I put in my pieces, and cliche serves a purpose in them all. If it resulted in me getting rejected by a publisher simply because they wouldn't publish a cliche, then good riddence to them as they've missed the point of the writing, so I wouldn't want it published by them anyway.
I put the last poem to my acoustic guitar, and as a result I've edited it (in the post below) because I found it clumsy and unfluid when singing it. I hope you'll check it out, but don't feel pressured into commenting.
Thanks again, Bill.