A Genuine Request

I post here twice a day

Not knowing who will read

Is anyone even interested?

Do my words fulfill a need?

Is there humour in my blog?

Or do you just find it sad?

Do I come across as normal?

Or do you think I’m mad?

I’m interested in what you think

I’d really love to know

So without fear of recrimination

Please comment your thoughts below

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  1. I perceive a life of hardness, endured like a good soldier. The pain, resentment and bitterness are an unhealed wound that you use dark and humorous wit to find an equalibrium in life. I cautiously enjoy your work knowing there is a hurting person on the other side of the world writing them.
    Benjamin, Brother’s Campfire🀠πŸ”₯

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    1. Aw, thank you my friend.

      And thank you for sparking off the idea of doing this too. It’s great to read what people think about / see in my words.

      I like that too – ‘a good soldier’.
      Sums up how I feel a lot of the time.

      Seems that enjoying my work ‘cautiously’ is a bit of a theme with some folks which – considering some of my content – isn’t a huge surprise I guess. Still, I take it as a huge compliment that folks have stuck with me πŸ‘πŸ–€

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      1. Revel away my friend! I do! πŸ˜‰

        No, in all seriousness, thank you but there is no need to worry about me.

        It has actually been writing and posting here that has saved me (some days literally) over the last 18 months or so.

        Ironically, perhaps, it’s the writing (and posting) of those somewhat brutal and unflinching peices that has allowed me to ‘soldier on’ as it were – even though they may be the more triggering / most difficult for others to read.

        I still find it astounding to this day that folks read me. But I’m grateful for every single one who does πŸ‘πŸ–€

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      2. I started Brother’s Campfire 13 months ago for a similar reason. Unfortunately, (I think)while the Beast of my story waxed eloquent, charisma took over and I have the posts you see now. Perhaps the writing was a much needed therapist. Mel, I will call you Mel, I am glad you found an outlet of expression.

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      3. Well, it’s as good a name as any I guess! πŸ˜‰

        Whatever my blog is or isn’t, one thing I have always loved about WP is that it provides an outlet of expression for many of us which we, perhaps, don’t have elsewhere.

        I have enjoyed reading other people’s blogs and watching them grow – yours certainly included – which in many ways has provided me with the same therapy as writing myself.

        Long live all of your waxing my friend – Beastly or otherwise! πŸ˜πŸ–€

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    1. Haha! Thanks Robin.

      I’ve never heard that song before – not my usual style but it’s actually quite nice.

      I’m keen to know what others think about my blog – for good and bad – as I lack the awareness to guess at it myself.

      Not that I’m planning on changing or anything – just fascinating to know πŸ˜πŸ–€

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      1. You bet it’s nice! πŸ˜„. Sara’s amazing. She’s my first favourite woman before yβ€”

        Oh fuck.

        ALL joking aside, yeah that makes sense! :D. I used to get feedback like that from Sara at Green Health, and a bit from Sarah at Stepping Forward. Getting that feedback in person was so nice, and hugely motivating early on. As well as, yeahβ€” just fascinating!

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    1. Thank you for your reply my friend.

      A recent exchange with Brother at his campfire made me realise I’m not really sure how other people perceive me / my posts, but that I’m keen to find out.

      I sense a theme that some of my posts may be a little too raw, as you rightly say, so I don’t think you’re the only one who may take a step back from them at times. That’s not a surprise to me. I think what is more so is the fact that folks, like yourself, still stick with reading me even with that side on show.
      Facinating stuff πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ–€

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  2. You’re simply in contact with your dark side….which too is light in disguise if you think this, right….you’re quite unique with your own cool style….I like you’re words & lines….pain, sadness & humour run on either sides….your rhymes speak to me, they come from the deepest & honest sight

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    1. Aw, that’s very kind thank you my friend.

      I was trying to think what ‘genre’ my poetry might be. From your comment I’m thinking maybe ‘dark humour’ or ‘melancholy’ perhaps? πŸ–€

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      1. I’m thinking “heart”…no matter if it’s red, yellow, green, blue, purple or black. But I do get you…just like people tell me often my poetry is dark…to me darkness is also right…things are interconnected, you know πŸ˜‰

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  3. A seemingly effortless dark as night humour which rarely fails to make me smile and occasionally even laugh out loud. The words sing and sting and invariably find their mark. Not someone to cross I am sure, but you bring a little light and dark to the day. Long may your thoughts continue.

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    1. Thank you for your reply my friend.
      Your words are very kind.

      I love that sentence – ‘the words sing and sting and invariably find their mark’. I have no idea how I do that but it’s amazing to think that’s what I can achieve.

      Definitely looks like I’m in this ‘dark humour’ genre from your reply and the reply of others. And I’m OK with that. Its probably all I know 😁

      I’m chuffed you enjoy what I write and I too hope I can continue πŸ‘πŸ–€

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  4. Honestly? I enjoy reading your poetry for the pure artistry of what you write.
    But your poems don’t seem to have the same emotional impact on me that they used to have. Perhaps that is just me changing as a person, or perhaps your writing style has changed a little bit, or perhaps it’s a little bit of both or something else entirely.
    Either way, I enjoy reading the things you write, and I do hope you will continue.

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    1. Thank you for your reply my friend.
      Your honesty is much appreciated πŸ‘

      You raise a really interesting point. As you say perhaps there are multiple factors at play here.

      However, I do wonder if some of that intensity has been lost because I am at a different stage in my life now than I was when I first started this blog.

      Perhaps the less intense my writing style the better my mental health? Which is obviously great for me in real life, but I wonder where that may leave the content of my blog?

      Saying that, I’m sure another mental breakdown won’t be too far away (they never are) so perhaps I shouldn’t worry! πŸ˜‰

      I’m chuffed you still enjoy reading my friend and to suggest my writing has ‘ pure artistry’ in any context is a compliment of the highest order.
      πŸ‘πŸ–€πŸ–€

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      1. I think I can understand the correlation between mental health and writing style.

        A lot of my favorite poems that I’ve written were conceived and composed in the passionate and fractured moments that follow a breakdown of some type or another. It follows that the same sort of thing could be true for you (and others) as well.

        I truly enjoy reading your poems as they are now, the composition and the story together have led to some brilliant poetry.

        Please understand though that I wish for you to be happy. I would much rather read the things you write currently while you are in a good place than read something impassioned with pain knowing that it means you are not happy.

        However life rolls out for you though, please know that I truly enjoy reading your poetry and I eagerly anticipate reading it for as long as you will continue writing.

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    1. I’ll take your thoughts as read my mousey friend, thank you πŸ˜πŸ‘

      Yeah, it’s been a really interesting thing to do actually. As I still write, primarily, as a way of exorcising my own demons it’s been great to see what folks think about my posts.

      The fact that everyone has been so kind and honest in their responses only serves as motivation to continue to move forward – both with my writing and in real life πŸ‘πŸ–€

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      1. You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

        I’ve seen a few people do this as a way of redirecting themselves.
        Can’t go wrong with feedback directly from the public. Provided you’re thick skinned enough for any possible negativity πŸ’š

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      2. Yeah, not sure there’ll be any redirection if I’m honest. I don’t know how to write any other way.

        But as for thick skin I’ve got it by the bucket load so I’m sure I’ll be grand whatever happens! πŸ˜πŸ–€

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  5. I am only just following you today so I feel I am too early to comment on your poems as a whole, than the one I have just commented on prior to this post. I just discovered you via Lorraine, after she re-shared that poem and encouraged her readers to come directly to your post to like there. I thought that poem was very good and I was smiling and nodding my head as I was reading it.

    I don’t usually read a lot of poems, other than my mum’s and Lorraine’s. But yours have caught my eye so I’m following and plan to read more.

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    1. Aw, well that’s very considerate of you but please feel free to comment away as, when and if you feel the need.

      Most of my poetry is very personal and, as such, it can be quite hard hitting at times so I won’t be offended if you feel it isn’t for you.
      πŸ‘πŸ–€

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      1. Indeed πŸ˜”
        Pain, loss, anger, darkness with the odd bit of humour thrown in seems to be the concensus.
        Hardly surprising to me I guess, as I wrote them.

        I hope you read on my friend – and I look forward to reading your blog too πŸ‘πŸ–€

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      2. I shall certainly keep following and reading. Blogging certainly helps to ease the hurt, pain and anger, while finding it helps others too.

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    1. Thank you my friend, that’s very kind of you to comment.

      ‘Creative’ is an interesting one. I don’t think of my writing as creative – at least in style anyway.
      Being so sparse, blunt and to the point doesn’t feel good enough a lot of the time – especially when I see the talents of others here – so it’s interesting to me you would pick that word. I’ll take it though πŸ˜‰

      I’m also quite chuffed that you would choose the term ‘all heart’ too. Makes me feel that even through all of the blackness there’s still something positive that shows in my words – even if that’s not how I always feel in real life πŸ‘πŸ–€

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      1. some of your poems are humorous, humor to me is being positive, even if that is truly not your intention. There re good poets and bad poets my friend. Creative in the way no matter how blunt the sentiment, you have really good structered flow with your words. Unless your work takes a suicidal spin, I am drawn to your work every day. πŸ™‚

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      2. Yes, I remember the darkest of my stuff is not for you and that’s more than fine – obviously. I’m just happy you feel like you can come back! πŸ‘

        As for the flow I think that maybe is something that I’ve developed – almost unconsciously. Maybe the flow you describe comes from the fact I don’t write in any structured way – as in on set days / times etc. Who knows. All very interesting though! πŸ˜πŸ–€

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      3. Not structured in how it’s posted, but how it’s written. I am drawn to your words. I have said before I find you to be a talented writer. Even if your vocabulary isn’t as exsquisite as other poets, it is more direct and hard hitting. Keep it up and keep living my friend.

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      4. ‘… even if your vocabulary isn’t as exquisite as others…’
        Are you politely saying I use the F word too much my friend??? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Love it! 😁😁

        I’ll certainly keep it up for as long as I can – both writing and living that is πŸ‘πŸ–€πŸ–€

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      5. No, I’m saying some poets swear by a thesaurus. You and I write poetry essentially the same including as a means of self therapy although sometimes I will try different specific forms as opposed to free verse which is your specialty.

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    1. Ah excellent, thank you!! 😁
      I’m pleased to see you find there is variety in my posts. Sometimes I worry I just repeat myself and bore people to death so it’s good to know that’s maybe not the case! πŸ‘πŸ–€

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    1. … But mostly just whiny bullshit..? πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚

      No, I’m joking – thank you for your poetic reply. I would have expected nothing less from you my friend.

      These words – ‘charm’, ‘love’, ‘heart’, ‘wit’ – seem to be a theme most folks are highlighting. I find that fascinating as I’m not sure if any of these themes are ever my intention.

      I suppose they are universal emotions that we can all identify with though, so perhaps I shouldn’t be so surprised that they come out in my words and that other people connect with them.

      πŸ–€πŸ–€

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      1. Well, whiney was too hard to rhyme. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„ Really, though, whether you intend to or not your writing comes across as from your heart; from your inner self. You can’t avoid it. I know I try, but it slips through. Enjoy!

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  6. You always bring a smile to my face or show me something I recognise… effortlessly, and do in 2-4 lines what most fail to do in endless paragraphs (myself included). Write on and never stop!

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    1. Aw, thank you my friend.
      You’re very kind πŸ‘

      Yeah, the 2-4 lines thing is definitely something that evolved of its own accord really. Some of my early posts were much longer. Think the shorter style suits me better either way.

      Oh, and you absolutely do not fail woth your paragraphs.
      Not at all πŸ‘πŸ–€

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  7. I definitely don’t keep to the twice a day, but I like your writing. Definitely, at times, a sad, troubled undertone, but your honesty sings through. In all honesty, I envy the comments and response you get. I sometimes feel I’m writing and posting in a vacuum.

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    1. Thank you for your reply my friend.

      Don’t worry – I don’t expect anyone to keep up with the two posts a day!

      I love that you think my posts are honest (something that I always try to be) as that’s the main reason I write. I would never dream of saying half of the things I wrote here in real life – although I’m always thinking them.

      I’m glad – even if that’s difficult for others to read – that my authenticity comes through.

      And I know what you mean about that vacuum. I’d be disengenuous if I said I don’t enjoy the likes / comments part of my blog, but they will forever and always be a bonus.
      I’m still here, writing and posting, as are you too. Something we should all be grateful for πŸ‘πŸ–€

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    1. Thank you my friend.
      Your reply is very kind.
      I find it amazing that although my words can be raw, dark and painful so many readers seem to love reading them.
      I suppose misery does love company after all πŸ˜‰πŸ–€

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