11 Replies to “Dear Reader”

  1. Aw no, Charmer! I was really saying it in jest about you making my posts darker. I’ve been reading other dark thingsβ€” such as Whipporwill’s blog, which had a big influence. And also the music I’ve been listening to has had a big effect, particular music videos :). I’ve really been indulging myself in these various dark things, plus the present situation then inspires it even more :D.

    I’m really grateful for the inspiration for writing darker things, it’s been really helpful for me for dealing with housemate stress, and just really satisfying to explore that side of my creativity! 😁.

    Of course, this poem may have nothing to do with our conversation, but I wanted to say that to you anyway in reply to your comment.

    And now, I actually relate to what you’re saying there, haha. The thing is, dark poems can also be positive and optimistic. Face challenges head on and describing them for what they areβ€” is an act of strength, positivity and rational thought. That is what we need right now. Defiance in the face of the dark! All writing is valuable and appropriate πŸ˜πŸ–€ except for Trump tweets.

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    1. Dont worry Robin, this one wasn’t in response to our earlier conversation.

      I’ve just noticed a downturn in my mental health lately which has meant the tone of some my posts is becoming a little darker than usual (if that’s even possible) as I again start to reference subjects such as self harm and suicide.

      I’ve been reflecting on how I use WP primarily as a form of self help and how getting the thoughts / words / feelings that rattle around in my head out on the page helps me through the more difficult days.

      However, I have (quite unbelievably) amassed a larger following here now than when I first started and I am much more aware of how what I write may affect those who read it.

      Don’t get me wrong – I will never self censor (part of the reason I’m so protective about self identifying here is so I don’t have to), but I wrote this one as, well, an apology of sorts I suppose.

      I’m sorry if what I write and how I write about it is triggering or upsetting or concerning for some who read it, as none of these are my intention. I just have to write it as I feel it (although I’m always cautious about posting in real time) and hope people are OK with it.

      That’s it really. But thank you for your kind words though. And I can’t agree more with your feelings on Trump tweets. If anyone should be censored it’s that guy!!! 🀯

      πŸ–€πŸ–€

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  2. hey, they all rhyme at least, even when they’re at their bleakest, you never fail to find a neat rhyme. When I stare in the abyss, the only word that rhymes back is ‘piss’. But your poems are tight even in the dark! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ah Peter, you never cease to make me laugh!! 😁 Although I’m pretty sure I’ve used that rhyme somewhere along the line! πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚

      Thank you for your kindness and for your long time support. It means a lot to me during these internally and externally troubled times

      πŸ–€πŸ–€

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      1. I’ve probably subconsciously stolen that rhyme from you 🀣

        One day I’d like to see you happy! I hope that when life does get better forward you that we still get to enjoy your wit and rhyme, albeit coming from a better place in your life. πŸ™‚

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