It will quickly become apparent I have no formal training in the skills needed to create pure poetry. With this in mind, I offer apologies to the masters. It is not my intent to create pure poetry. I simply try to express feelings that cry out for expression.
You should understand I write primarily for myself, not for others. My inspiration to write is found in some inherent need in every person to express, to some degree, feelings, which range from subtle to profound. I admire and, frankly, sometimes covet the discipline with which some people write. I cannot, however, restrain the desire for expression while trying to develop some purist discipline, which may never come. Consequently, I struggle to put into words that which seeks expression in most of us. I am not so presumptuous to think I can speak for everyone. Nonetheless, I attempt to write in a manner with which most people can identify.
Therefore if, in my writing, you find nothing with which to identify, I pity you. For, evidently, you have never experienced the hope of love. You have never had to deal with the disappointment of a broken love, or been blessed with the pure contentment of an honest love. You have never experienced the true adventure that is love, and have missed more than you realize.
So, if you find identity in my writing, I am grateful that I may appear normal in your eyes. On the other hand, if you can't identify with the trite, and, more often than not, redundant phrasing of my work, that's all right too. Just be kind in your criticism. For that I will also be eternally grateful.