To My Destee Friends This poem will break from the mold I write in usually I had began to look at poetry as an exercise in futility.. But then I posted a few and got really kind responses compliments mean more sometimes, when they come from total strangers... They have no reason to lie to you, unlike friends I consider all the poets on Destee....my personal friends through your poetry, and your replies to mine...I have found strength to continue my composing...and that means a lot to me thank you for sharing your soul with me, and I’ll continue to do so also sometimes when all is dark ahead...I find a lil light just by reading someone’s poetry Poets are a rare breed, all of us are connected just because we are different... From the rest of the world The ability to reach into our minds, and pull out words that correlate with our feelings... Is not to be scorned, it’s a gift finding comfort in art is something not many people can do... Usually they find it in other ways though I know none of you by name, a lot of our thoughts appear to be the same that creates a bond that I cherish the tidal wave of darkness and negative thoughts is pushed back as I read... The experiences some one is having closely related to mine we are all beautiful people, and poetry is a way of showing the beauty that counts.. The inner beauty.... when I leave for overseas, a lot of the things I’ve read here will stick with me I wish you all the best of luck, happiness, and peace of mind!! Derrick H.