Thank you for the poetry. There is a dearth of it here on A2K. Unfortunately, there are those who wait for me to thumb up something so that they can thumb it down.
You've said that before Letty, and perhaps one of the reasons is that newcomers rarely get any response, up or down. Case in point: you encouraged others to respond to your poem about the despis-ed rose, so I followed suit with one of mine. It's only been there a day or so, but after 40 views it still has no replies, up or down. My poem is so bad nobody wants to say anything? The only poets who reply to posts in this forum are out of town this week? The forum is stale and ingrown because there's an insider group that is tough to join?
I don't know, and perhaps I'll be seen as not such a nice fellow for trying to guess, but I've seen dozens of forums fail or limp along like an old soldier when people who do post don't feel welcome. Except for workshops, where I post to receive feedback, I post to share my poetry, and by doing so to participate in a sense of community like that which you and Mark and a few others seem to be enjoying. That doesn't happen overnight, of course, but your comment about a dearth of poetry, and my experience with my first poem in this forum both suggest one reason why others have stopped posting, or moved on.
And I can't resist suggesting that you start calling 'em like you see 'em, up or down, and let the attitude of those who wait take them
down, not you or the forum.