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Have I Missed Something?

Have I missed something? What is happening?

Is it getting worse or is it just me?

So many stories, poems, and musings

Seem to be offered without editing.

And when you give an honest opinion

You are called a grammar nazi or worse.

Should you just pass it off and forget it,

Aware that it may be unimportant

In this new world of pain and suffering

And when we know these folks are still learning.

Are they truly attempting to improve?

Not if rejecting honest appraisals

That are given with graciousness and love.

The worst of the situation, of course,

Is enablers who will not tell the truth.

The educated and talented folks

Whose misplaced caring is not a favor,

But rather, gives hope to those who need truth.

Understand this, I am not always right.

Mistakes are common in my own works, too,

But I am willing and able to change

Whenever I find I have missed the mark.

Good and dear people should always help me

If I fall short of my own potential

And misspell or misuse or lose the thread

Of my point when writing my creations.

Is it possible we can all agree

That being our best can only be good,

And letting the editing errors grow

Can only and really destroy our art?

My reason for jotting down this blank verse

Is simple enough, I love fine writing.

Take this tedious screed with my blessings.

Accept it or reject it, it's your right.

But please remember that literature

Can raise us all up and enrich our lives.

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