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Should I take your suggestions, to heart?
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.


The following comments are for "My Dear Reviewer...."
by Miss_Matrix

Well, you covered all the bases as far as emotions one has in regards to reviews and you had a nice rythym.

And I always like this topic because it starts discussions. A rule of thumb I try to follow is one or more positive comments to every negative one. Because I don't want to stop people from writing, but help them to improve. Of course, some people review for the same reasons that some people insult others--To make themselves feel good by hurting someone else.

But we as writers should know that going in and if you don't develop a thick skin, you'll never make it as a writer anyway.

So back to the poem, good rhyme and good topic, but it could be kicked up to inspire a little more emotion.


( Posted by: Richard Dani [Member] On: April 23, 2002 )

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