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DELETED POEMS AND FAREWELL

I have deleted the 2 poems I posted earlier today, and instead I offer what will be my final write. I have read the comments on T.J's blog, written in defense of all poets who have been mistreated by what T.J. called bullies and trolls. For far too long many on site poets have ignored and/or blocked the culprits. I did, too, but it didn't work for me. One such person has taken the opportunity to reach me through my comments on the poetry of others. The time has come to bid a final farewell to those of you I admire and hold dear. In so doing, I'm posting what I really feel about those who think their sarcasm is clever. They seek attention, but will not get another moment of my time or thoughts. Perhaps I'll be banned, and that would be fine with me because there is not much left to this site that I would recommend to anyone. To be clear, please don't tell me to stay and ignore the bullies and trolls. I'm not leaving BECAUSE of them, but for many other reasons. I would never allow such people to be the reason I no longer write for PS. It Will Remain Untitled I've been hearing rumors that are easy to believe about some of you who give poets a reason to grieve With poisoned pens, your ink flows in fetid flux feigning righteousness. In reality, you're schmucks What arrogance is revealed in your masquerade You're not accredited to critique, slam, or degrade The absolute truth is that no one gives a ripe fig You're nothing more than a cocky, egotistical prig How dare you disparage the works of any poet You're considered 'rude' in case you didn't know it Disgusting are your slurs and each bitter assault If the truth hurts your feelings, it's your own fault You assail with sharp words, then usually delete How cowardly the deed, from which you retreat Many think your attitude should be taken to task You seem to crave attention and in it you bask If a survey of poets, someone would undertake the results would find you guilty of being a fake Stop pointing your finger and retract your claws If you want to leave, there'd be rousing applause There'd be no plaintive tears from eyes of many of those you've insulted, and there's been plenty Don't make the mistake of thinking poets are weak It's an end to your barbed sarcasm that we seek Your actions cannot be brushed off or be ignored Poets should be in harmony and of a single accord Animosity is rampant. It's abhorrent and offensive You give innocent poets a reason to be defensive

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Date: 5/23/2020 2:13:00 AM
Lin I am sorry you had to go through this. No one is above anyone here. This is about sharing and being creative. Nothing more other then friendships we make along the way. It saddens me not to see and hear from you. I did not know you had left. Where ever you go Know that your friends here care. God bless you.
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Date: 5/25/2020 8:21:00 AM
Hello Michael. I'd left a couple of times before this final one, but this time it's for good. There are too many problems with the site, cheating, fake names used in contests, bullying, egotists...I'll spare you details. I've always appreciated your support and loved your poems. Take care and thank you for visiting this final poem.
Date: 3/11/2020 4:45:00 AM
Untitled: A heartfelt and sad poem , I was unaware that bullying would be rampant here , I can assure you that true poets by nature are not like that ! and am also surprised that you haven’t felt that you have had the support you obviously and so desperately needed .Keep writing and posting your work or we will all be much poorer if you don’t . Kind regards the pagan poet FB.
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Date: 3/11/2020 4:57:00 AM
Hi Simon, I had the support of true poets, and after 5 years of an administration doing next to nothing to right the wrongs, I now write for a different site. I'm not at all desperate, and much happier where I am now. I'll never stop writing, but it won't be shown on Poetry Soup. Thank you for stopping by. Keep posting, no matter how few views you get...hopefully one day someone other than me will read you.
Date: 3/2/2020 9:51:00 AM
Bravo Lin! I feel what your saying and love how you chose to express it! And bravo my friend see you on the other app! Brenda/femalewarrior
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Date: 3/2/2020 10:37:00 AM
Thank you very much, Brenda. I think we're both enjoying a poetic haven in another realm. There's no need to seek peace there because no one causes such drama to ruffle anyone's feathers.
Date: 2/27/2020 12:14:00 PM
Dear Lin, like many others I am sad to see you go. Your excellent poetry and supportive comments have been a pillar and beacon to many. I'm glad you are keeping your poems posted. Please keep writing and encouraging others to do the same. Blessings ~ John
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Date: 2/28/2020 9:48:00 AM
The kindness of your words are very much appreciated, John. I'll never stop writing. Thank you for your encouragement.
Date: 2/26/2020 11:09:00 AM
I just got back and now I'm losing one of my mentors, woe is me. I love you Lin Lane...
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Date: 2/26/2020 5:39:00 PM
I'm sorry, dear Charlie. I promise to occasionally visit your poetry. Hugs and love ya too.
Date: 2/26/2020 7:22:00 AM
Lin, I am so sorry that I have just read this now. Like many, I am saddened by your departure. I do however respect and stand by you in your decisions. You are a wonderful poetess who always has nothing but lovely comments to spread. It is ridiculous that such lovely people like yourself be offended or bad-mouthed by such ruthless others. I will always treasure your friendship, you are a wonderful person. Stay well dear friend...may your life be filled with happiness. Luv & hugs always, Charlie
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Date: 2/26/2020 7:37:00 AM
What sweet sentiments, Charlie. I've been offended for years, so it's not because of repeated offensiveness that I'm leaving...trying to leave (lol). I've found a happier realm in which to share my poetry. I leave knowing that poets are now aware of instigators that sour the soup. Those who've stood up and pointed their fingers in the direction of the arrogant ones will not tolerate condescension. Thanks, Charlie. Hugs to you, too.
Date: 2/24/2020 10:18:00 AM
Lin, congrats on FPOTD! This is the first Farewell Poem of the Day I can remember reading and though sad to hear of your leaving, the poem is something that has been needed for a long time. Some just can't mingle nicely, they have to force their opinions on others and create a situation that leans more towards a daycare encounter. The fact that some are so juvenile as to attack people on a poetry site is beyond me. Don't they have pacifiers for these people? Loved the poem! Have fun my friend
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Date: 2/24/2020 11:21:00 AM
Thinking of them as having an infant mentality is a great analogy. I hope by the show of support for this poem, no one will put up with them shaking their rattles and crying, "Waa Waa." Thanks for the many comments you've given my writes and for the hand you've always extended to me. We'll keep in touch.
Date: 2/24/2020 8:53:00 AM
Hi Lin, I’m just coming back to congratulations on getting the poem the day. And that I will miss you very much-Alexis
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Date: 2/24/2020 9:02:00 AM
You are such a sweetheart, Alexis. I will stop in to say hi to you once in a while...on one of your poems. I promise.
Date: 2/24/2020 4:43:00 AM
Nett trolls are: "Machiavellianism (manipulative and willing to deceive others) Narcissism (selfishness and self-esteem) Psychopathy (lack of remorse and empathy) Sadism (pleasure in causing others to suffer)"
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Date: 2/24/2020 6:04:00 AM
Appropriate descriptive words. Thank you, Anne-Lise.
Date: 2/23/2020 8:55:00 PM
Lin, I wish you the best! You are a good person and good poet. Glad you got the POTD.Its very well done We sometimes fuss over why a poet got a POTD. But judgement ranks over congratulating someone here. . Ego reigns supreme here.PS isn't for those who crumble. The wolves are always in the bushes.But also comes love and Friendship that helps us weather it all. Neither life nor PS will meet our qualifications! Function wherever you think is best.. Au Revoir Panagiota xx
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Date: 2/23/2020 9:02:00 PM
Hi, Panagiota. I assure you I've not crumbled. I was able to speak up against those egotistical ones who think they can belittle others and devalue their poetry. Thank you for your friendship and for commenting on many of my writes.
Date: 2/23/2020 8:12:00 PM
Lin, I am sorry to hear you are leaving. We have not corresponded very much, but I know what a good person you are. your poem is deserving of POTD. Congratulations on it. Thanks for all the concern I have seen you show for those who have been disparaged.
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Date: 2/23/2020 8:18:00 PM
Thank you for your kind thoughts, Andrea. We're both at fault for not keeping in closer touch. I wish I could say it was a pleasure to have written this last poem, but I felt it had to be documented. Judging by the reception its received I'll say it was well worth writing. I hope no one ignores being intimidated by anyone. I appreciate you taking time to comment.
Date: 2/23/2020 8:04:00 PM
This is excellent Lin. I have always admired your poetry and will be sad to see you leave. I am happy you are leaving your poetry up for us to enjoy. Congratulations on having this poem honored with POTD! My daughter just gave birth to a baby girl a few minutes ago so I am too happy to let anything bring me down. I ignore any rude comments and consider the source. New moon madness perhaps? Take care my friend. You will be missed. Hugs, Connie xxoo
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Date: 2/23/2020 8:19:00 PM
Connie, Oh my, my. Let this birth be a sign of new beginnings, and hope for us all. Wow, I wish happiness for you and your daughter's new joy. And to the poet's baby grand-daughter a happy birthday! -Richard
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Date: 2/23/2020 8:09:00 PM
Connie, congratulations on the birth of a new granddaughter! Thank you for the years we've shared as friends and commenting to each other. I see you remember the full moon madness, and I will always remember your phrase that inspired that poem. I have sincere affection for you and your poetic talents. Hugs to you, Connie. Mahalo
Date: 2/23/2020 7:45:00 PM
I hope you stay. Bad apples are around but we love you, Lin. I have learned so much on this site. So sorry for your trouble :(
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Date: 2/23/2020 8:02:00 PM
On a positive note, he is the only one who has trolled me. But I have only been on here for a couple of months.
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Mark Koplin
Date: 2/23/2020 8:00:00 PM
This guy is nothing but a coward. Sticks and stones
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Lin Lane
Date: 2/23/2020 7:49:00 PM
Thank you, Kim. Bad apples no longer bother me, but they do cause a rotten stench on the site. I left the site for another one years ago and have returned to PS several times, but I'm glad to say I'll not post here again. Perhaps only comments on poems of those I care about. It's been no trouble to expose what many of us have known and put up with for some time.
Date: 2/23/2020 7:17:00 PM
Son of Spock made a comment earlier on his original comment, then pulled his usual trick of deleting it. I'm going to repost it beginning here. Now maybe my comments and those made since then will make sense.~~~ Son of Spock: "Hate poetry should never be featured So here's a challenge: you say you have or are being bullied. If so truly unfortunate. So here is your opportunity to provide proof of who is bullying you... continued below Mark's comment.
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Date: 2/23/2020 8:11:00 PM
I wrote a limerick about this ray of sunshine. There once was a Vulcan half breed common sense was not in his creed when he opened his mouth nothing good did come out at the end, his hole he did flee
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Date: 2/23/2020 7:22:00 PM
continued..."Please paste the terrible comments here and from whom for all the world to see. We want to know who it is and what awful things they have said. As for me, I recently commented and faved one of your excellent poems, Malaise, for which you graciously THANKED me. So I have to assume there are others who are harassing you. Please post for our benefit" ~~~my response to his comment is found earlier, when he originally posted.
Date: 2/23/2020 7:04:00 PM
In his blog he refers to this site as amateur. If that is the case and you are so far above us, why are you here? This site is for people who want to share what they write. Not what or how you think they should write. Grow up and get a life!
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Date: 2/23/2020 8:02:00 PM
Rob, be assured that I'm not leaving because of him or his sympathizers. I want to write poetry, not waste time writing about the perverse habits of others, but it was long past time for it to be publicly noted. I'm glad that I did and that so many others have come forward in agreement. Thanks, Mark.
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Date: 2/23/2020 7:49:00 PM
Worse than the Vulcan and the rest of The Beautiful People, are their sympathizers. The sympathizers that know better, that is, those that have been here for a while. I have seen some wake up, and realize what is happening, but there are still many that remain. I ponder how many have left either directly or indirectly because of them.
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Date: 2/23/2020 7:35:00 PM
Mark, You sure have had a lot to say about him and I am quite aware of his MO. There are many who are not aware of it because he presents himself in another light.
Date: 2/23/2020 7:01:00 PM
I find it humorous how some of you can stand up there on your soapbox and agree with this. Is poetry really about insulting people? Is poetry about weeding out the weak? This guy feeds on you believing his lies. Wow!
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Date: 2/23/2020 6:57:00 PM
If you read some of his blogs, he talks of constructive criticism. He claims that he is offering valuable feedback, in his mind I'm sure that he is. I'm telling you first hand that is not what he does. He told me not to quit my day job. He also made untasteful comments about my dog. When I told him I was offended he just laughed it off.
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Date: 2/23/2020 6:03:00 PM
Darn, this is sad because I discovered you just half a year ago and I've been enjoying your brilliant poetry ever since. I'll miss you, Lin. Take care. I hope you don't leave permanently.
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Date: 2/23/2020 7:31:00 PM
Thank you, Edward. My poems will remain on the site to read at your leisure, if you wish to do so.
Date: 2/23/2020 6:02:00 PM
Lin, congratulations on your POTD, you sure know how to leave with a bang and you deserve it for this truthful write, you said it like it is! But, that is a very sad thing that you are leaving, however I know that you have not made this decision lightly, you have given this site many chances, and as long as the trolls and bullies remain, more great poets will leave. I know you will do great wherever you choose to post your poetry, stay in touch _ love Constance
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Date: 2/23/2020 7:30:00 PM
Thank you for the congrats, Constance, and I appreciate your contribution of joining in with the messages of all the others. Yes, I am enjoying another site, without the drama.
Date: 2/23/2020 5:42:00 PM
Dear Lin, I think you should stay and that Vulcan troll should leave. You contribute he does not.
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Lin Lane
Date: 2/23/2020 7:26:00 PM
I understand your angst, Mark. Many of us have felt it, and your comment about a spanking had me smiling. Thanks!
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Date: 2/23/2020 5:53:00 PM
Just to be clear, that sounded a far cry worse than I intended. I meant that I would take this little man across my knee and give him the spanking of a lifetime. It's legal here in North Dakota to still spank with an open hand.
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Date: 2/23/2020 5:50:00 PM
I'll admit I'm pretty rough around the edges, but my heart is true. Forgive me of my language here but this guy really needs to meet me face to face. He needs to learn how we teach people like him here in North Dakota on how to be respectful. It's painfully obvious his parents lost the battle with him.
Date: 2/23/2020 3:13:00 PM
Lin, I'm always late to the party. See if I have the facts right. You're leaving PoetrySoup? This isn't right for things to get to this point. -Richard
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Lin Lane
Date: 2/23/2020 10:07:00 PM
Thank you, Richard.
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Date: 2/23/2020 7:58:00 PM
Well, this untitled poem has turned out to be one for the books. You have always shown kindness and respect to me. And I have a deep respect for everyone on PS. I will not delete this. -Richard
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Date: 2/23/2020 3:18:00 PM
Richard, I've left a couple of times before because of 'things,' but at the urging of friends, I returned. Not this time. I have written this poem for poets who have been disparaged by those pointed out in my poem. I'm fine with leaving but those who were previously unaware are now in the know. There was no party, no confetti tossed, just me, saying farewell. Thanks for your concern.
Date: 2/23/2020 2:26:00 PM
Wow Lin, you have really cracked the nuts of critics. Congratulations to you on your POTD dearly.
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Date: 2/23/2020 2:39:00 PM
lol Okonkwo. It seems I haven't cracked the biggest nut. Thank you.
Date: 2/23/2020 1:45:00 PM
A voice needing to be heard. Thank you Lin. Best wishes.
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Date: 2/26/2020 8:46:00 AM
I replied to you much earlier, but for some reason it's no longer here. I'll just thank you again, Sandra.
Date: 2/23/2020 12:43:00 PM
I want to let everyone know how gratifying it is to read your well wishes and to receive your acknowledgements of caring and love. ~~~ There is justice in knowing the same people who have scorned many of us are reading the supportive comments that are beneath this poem. It scolds their efforts to belittle us and reinforces the words of my lines. I doubt it will deflate their inflated ego, but public rebuke carries weight. I thank all of you for responding so graciously.
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Lin Lane
Date: 2/23/2020 7:04:00 PM
I'm sorry you are one of his victims.
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Mark Koplin
Date: 2/23/2020 5:30:00 PM
You are not alone here Lin. I had this same little weasel troll me as well. He really thinks he is something special. Here is how the internet works. They can hide behind a fake name and defame and bully. But the internet is the only place he can act this way. He is probably just unhappy in his life and is just showing how pathetic he really is. Don't let this scumbag ruin your day, he isn't worth the tiny manhood that God gave him. I wonder if he will find that logical.
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Date: 2/23/2020 2:47:00 PM
To quote Shakespeare, "Me thinks he doth protest too much." In context it means ~To deny something so often and/or so forcefully that people think one is not telling the truth.
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rob carmack
Date: 2/23/2020 2:43:00 PM
They can't, typical abuser blaming their victims. This is textbook 'Cycle of Violence' (Cycle of Abuse).
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Lin Lane
Date: 2/23/2020 2:38:00 PM
It doesn't seem that he's able to control himself, Rob. Thank you for your statement.
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Lin Lane
Date: 2/23/2020 2:37:00 PM
Really, Tommy. Your comment about providing proof is a joke because you always delete your comments.
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rob carmack
Date: 2/23/2020 2:36:00 PM
Wow, they can't even let you leave in peace.
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Lin Lane
Date: 2/23/2020 2:34:00 PM
Tommy, I have you blocked, so it's inconceivable that you're able to comment, but I guess you have an 'in.' Your 'btw' is an example of your handshake followed by a dagger. I replied to your comment on my Malaise because not to do so would've been rude. You throw a gauntlet before me, but I discredit anything you say, so you can pick it up and stuff it. Who is the "we" you mention? Are you not man enough to speak for yourself? Have the last word, and if you don't delete this it will stand as proof of the way you harass people.
Date: 2/23/2020 12:21:00 PM
My Laney...flying the soup coop...It's unfortunate that where good intelligent people reside...evil and stupidity follow...don't blame you one-bit kiddo...it will be my turn one day...I almost quit twice myself because of ignorance...but the beautiful sane people bring me back... au revoir doux ami...keep in touch Laney...all my love and friendship...and Congrats!! on POTD!!...the Wingster...^WW^ :o)
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Date: 2/23/2020 12:36:00 PM
There you are, my warrior. I will always hold in highest honor, the poem you wrote for me. "Evil and stupidity"...each of those words show a lack of respect for others, and paints a picture of one who is repugnant. I'll not bid you au revoir. I'll just say, jusqu’à une autre fois, in hope that we remain friends. Thank you for so many wonderful comments and your kindness, J.
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