Should I take your suggestions, to heart?
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Or should I sit back, and let them tare me apart.
Should I consider you, to be extremely smart?
Or should I consider you, just a nasty old fart.
Should I let your comments, cause me pain.
Or should I ignore them, and continue, in vain.
Should I push forward, struggle, and strain,
Or should I write again, only to be slain.
Should I dare to hope, you'll be nice today.
Or should I pack my bags, and quickly run away.
Should I get down on my knees, and pray.
Or should I try harder to get you, out of my way.
Should I stop writing, because of you?
Or should I ignore you, and push on through.
Should I return the favour, and be negative, too.
Or should I just stand here, wondering what to do.
Should I delete your review, so it's out of sight.
Or should I consider you, just plain… not right.
Should I let your words, be my guiding light.
Or should I make you eat them, and stay to fight.
Should I tell you, now, what my decision will be.
Or should I make you wait, before you can see.
Should I let you know, I've decided not to flee.
Or should I tell you today, I'm proud of me….
Poet's Note: I wrote this poem after a close friend of mine received a nasty, non-constructive review and considered giving up writing altogether. I am happy to say today he still continues to write.