Ah yes, the haters.
Sometimes I try to convince myself that everyone is trustworthy and wants the best for one another. This morning I was bitterly disappointed. What happened?
A nameless man (nope, he doesn’t deserve to have his name printed here) told my friend on Facebook that my poem was essentially garbage. She showed me his comment and it did not say ‘garbage’ but that was the theme of the comment.
Was I hurt? Yes. Am I still? Yes. It is ironic that the poem he criticized, Your Heart Opens, is about love. Thank-you to my friends who helped me with kind messages when I tearfully reacted to the event (Lauren, Susan and many others, who flew to my side).
In response to the haters (this is not the first one, unfortunately), I will say that I plan to keep writing poetry and sharing words of love. I refuse to believe that negativity can trump positive spirit. I keep faith and the hope that my goals will come to fruition.
I say thank-you to everyone who continues to support “Pathways to Illumination.” It is doing very well.
This week, the book received two more favorable reviews. In the first review, maab30 writes,
“There are few poetry books that actually live up to their titles, often falling short of hitting their mark for one reason or another. But the debut collection of works by Christy Birmingham, ‘Pathways To Illumination’ certainly is not one of them. The book takes the reader for quite a ride…”
The second review, posted by Amalia on Redmund Productions, compares the woman’s journey in the book to the Hero’s Journey narrative described by Joseph Campbell. What a compliment! The reader gives the book 5 stars and points out the book provides,
“…a cathartic experience of growth and struggle.”
While trying to balance the good and the bad that life hands us, I end this post on a positive note. I wish you all a nice day, a moment to smile and the strength to rise above the haters.