I Wonder Why

Edward Charles McDevitt

I'm sitting here perplexed and trying to figure out the "Why?",

Wondering why my poems now only get one reply.

One poem had the subject of a person who was gay.

Now I see that no one has anything to say.

Does it matter what the subject of the poem is?

Even I am open minded not the reason 'tis!

Really does it matter what the poem contains?

Why does someone want me to pull back the reigns?

However I must say "Young writers, please beware!",

You will be judged by the words you use out there!

  • Author: Edward Charles McDevitt (Offline Offline)
  • Published: August 5th, 2017 10:21
  • Comment from author about the poem: It seems funny that I used to get so many comments on my poetry until the subject of "Gay" came up? Are you, the readers, that judgemental? I thought this was a place to express yourself and not be judged? I think not!
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 50


  • Brycycle

    This may just be a coincidence, not every poem you post is going to have lots of comments. Quality may have changed for some people, there may have been different people reading them. One reply is not bad. I would'nt judge people like that when there is no actual proof of judgement towards that poem. Gay was not even mentioned.

    • Brycycle

      I do see the gay part implied but it isn't clear to see.

    • orchidee

      I can't trace which poem you meant. But here's a good write anyway, about 'why'!

      • Edward Charles McDevitt

        Thanks for comment. It was the poem (Draft) "It's Okay". That is the only poem that has the gay thing. Thanks again!

      • Michael Edwards

        This is a fine posting but to answer the question: if you simply post and sit back waiting for comments to come along you will most likely be disappointed. If you would welcome comments then you must also make input by commenting on the work of others. This also applies to the site where most of my art work is displayed and I know of photography sites where the same rule applies. Certainly I don't think subject matter comes into at all - and if it does then it's a sad reflection on contributors.

      • Fay Slimm.

        Keep up you reading and commenting Ed. and your work will get plenty of interest for you have talent and that rises above any subject matter.

        • Edward Charles McDevitt

          Again, thank you Fay! I try to be a serious writer. I don't know if you read "Forever Friends" but, that was for a friend of mine who was due monies. I usually don't use that type of language which is why I marked it for over 18! Thanks again Fay!

        • Louis Gibbs

          I think you may have jumped to a conclusion. A response is evoked by whether or not a poem resonates or moves the reader. I've seen no evidence on this site of what you suggest, Edward.

        • Edthepoet

          What are you on about?

        • FredPeyer

          Edward, I comment on a lot of poems, not because of who wrote them, or who or what the writer is. The comments are about the poem. Unfortuntely I cannot read everything due to time restraints. Actually will have to take a week off since I am overloaded with work. As Michael already said, it is a two-way street. I like it when poets whose work I admire, join my circle of friends, simply because it makes it so much easier to comment. Click on 'Friends', and voila, I don't have to search through the whole general section.

          Your sexual preference, your race, your religion, or anything else 'yours' has nothing to do with me commenting. It's your writing!

        • burning-embers

          Interesting subject but i guess amongst poets you'd be unlikely to find homophobics. I know my works get varying response. Either due to quality or whether ppl can relate to it.

        • Goldfinch60

          Edward I believe that the problem may be there are so many poems written on the site that some get missed when reading them. As others have said it works better when comments on our own poems come from others. I to try to read most poems but the time constraints do kick in sometimes.
          I am not concerned about sexuality, gender, religion or colour it is the words on the page that are important.

        • Edward Charles McDevitt

          'I want to thank each and everyone of you! I have read the comments and have taken them to heart. This truly is an awesome website where we can express our feelings, attributes and any subject matter!

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