To Whom It May Concern —

TWIMC

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And now, to whom it may concern –
Or might concern, if they see this –
Please understand I meant no harm;
Just pen some verse, and reminisce

To all of my ex-girlfriends who
I wrote about in such detail,
I’m sorry if my portraitures
Make our dates seem such epic fails

To many others who I’ve known
Who may, herein, have sounded odd,
Please understand, ’twas all in fun,
Don’t get your undies in a wad

Nor did I mean to overuse
The lovely model pictured here:
I’d say I’m sorry, but I get
A lot more “likes”
When she is here

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Prompt : Your entire community — however you define that; your hometown, your neighborhood, your family, your colleagues — is guaranteed to read your blog tomorrow. Write the post you’d like them all to see.

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3 Thoughts to “To Whom It May Concern —

  1. Ha Owen!!! Forgive me if I say that your poems seem so much more real than your photos, which look like ads to me. I’m sure you are loving looking at them, however, and if they inspire you to write such wonderful words, then they have accomplished their purpose. If you “unfollow” me, I’ll know I should have kept my opinions to myself and I do apologize!!! (Please know I would never have said this if I hadn’t known that the photos were downloaded from the internet and not your own work.) Okay. Now I have to decide whether to erase this or post it. One two three four five–http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/08/17/step-by-step/

    1. I started posting using other people’s images to protect the pseudonym, honestly. I didn’t want to use my family images (or mine), although I’ve gotten more slack about that over time.

      To your point, though: that’s exactly what the images do – I am inspired by the work of these artists. Since I pay for the right to use them, I am supporting them as well.

      I did recently post using one of my own photos, so that does happen, and I usually say so when it have taken the photo myself.

      1. Phew. I’m so relieved that you aren’t furious with me for presuming to comment on your photos. I am such a fan of your writing and vision and humor that I think perhaps any photos would have come up short of what they inspire. And the point you make is exactly right. If they are what inspire you, they are worth their weight in gold. I also admire that you pay for the photos as I’m sure many don’t. You are as gracious as your poetry. Checking out your own photo now. And, I promise, that is the last unsolicited advice I issue. It is too wearing on the nerves waiting for a reply to discover whether one has offended. Sometimes we teach ourselves our best lessons.

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