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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.


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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

Copyright © Lin Lane | Year Posted 2020

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Date: 11/28/2020 12:41:00 AM

Bye, Lady Lin ... tho' I have a twinge of sadness, the joy I have inside my heart for being honored to have known such a gifted poetess, outweighs the light pain of sadness. So bid be gone to the haters. You are a rare quill bird, and carrying your God-gifted poetic voice to those elsewhere in need of spiritual sustenance is a double blessing: Others, like me, who've gotten to know you ... and others who will get to know you. Take care, be safe. And always give love and more love.
Date: 7/16/2020 1:37:00 PM

So sad you felt you had to write this Lin. I'm saddened by the whole situation. I won't ask you to stay as that's what you've requested. Thank you for all the wonderful poetry you've posted, I have quite a few saved of yours so thanks for not deleting them. Hope you've found peace on the other site. I'm not posting much myself these days. Take care Sis stay safe, Jah bless!
Date: 7/10/2020 9:20:00 AM

Hi Lin, just visited you after a long time and I see this farewell poem, so sad to see you go, Lin, will miss your poetry...
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.
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.
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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)"
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
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.
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
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 :(
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Date: 2/23/2020 1:45:00 PM

A voice needing to be heard. Thank you Lin. Best wishes.
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.
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)
Date: 2/23/2020 12:14:00 PM

Dear Lin, Rude, boorish and nasty behavior seems to permeate our world - especially on the faceless internet. The treatment you have received is inexcusable and, I believe, comes from the insecure person but that doesn't excuse their cutting words. God go with you. In my prayers. Thank you for this POTD.
Date: 2/23/2020 10:37:00 AM

I'm so sorry for your pain.
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