I have deleted the post published earlier today due to copyright infringement in the use of a poem that I received via email in a form of a chain letter with no acknowledgement of writer or source sometime ago. I tried to email the owner at email@example.com but all attempts to send it failed. So, whoever you are, if you are reading this, my sincere apologies for using your poem, though adapted, without getting prior permission from you. With utmost due respect, not only have I deleted the post but the email as well.
I can understand the writer’s feelings as I used to write commercially – workbooks for secondary school students and I would get upset whenever I saw teachers photocopying whole chunks for use with their students without permission. I have since stopped writing.
So to the writer of the aforementioned poem, sorry again…and to the rest, enjoy your Sunday. Normal posts will resume tomorrow.
Despite my failed attempts to contact the writer of the poem at the email address given by a commentor, I did not give up and tried googling in search of that piece of information. The poem, as I found out in my endeavour, is featured in many websites, including Christian ones, but there is no mention of the writer or source. Finally, I came across this blog that named Sally Meyer, a mother of an autistic son, as the one responsible for writing the poem. As a matter of fact, Sally has a poetry website with a whole lot of beautiful poems inspired by her son, Dhylan. If anyone of you is interested, you can click the link to hop over to her blog to read them. I am sure you will not be disappointed.
While googling, I also came across something else of interest. The email that I received – the one that I said was some kind of chain letter containing the poem, claimed that it was for some kind of charity. If you click this link, you will find that all that was, in fact, a hoax. Well, this was not the first one that I had received as there had been others along the same lines but thankfully, I had promptly ignored each and everyone of them all this while. I do not know why people do such things but if you have any of such emails, please be kind enough not to forward them to me…and for that, I thank you.
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aiyah.. i missed that! I woke up feeling hot this morning around 9am cos suddenly the fan stopped moving… Since no electric current in the house, i went out with my girl till 3.30pm and thank God, I can online … (nope, i didnt forget to pay my bills.. )
Well, you didn’t miss much. I just liked the message – parents spending time with their kids and cherishing every moment they have. Your life revolves around yours, it seems…so it doesn’t apply to you…
P.S. I’ve added something to the original post – things related to the poem, that I have managed to google and find out.
I’ve read that poem and it made teary eyed … It was a good poem indeed…
Yup…I saw your comment. Sorry that it got deleted when I deleted the post. What I should have done was to edit the post by deleting the whole text and replacing it with this one – then the comments would still be around. So, did you spend the day with Ethan like you said you would? 🙂
Ohhh… it was copyrighted? i dono oso ahhh…. I tot whatever comes thru chainmail is not… err…let;s just say i thought it’s kinda open source, free to use and distribute around! 😛
Well, somebody claims it’s hers…so it would be nice to get her permission to use it. Unfortunately, there was something wrong with the email address given and all my attempts to send failed. You should go and visit this Sally lady’s website, Cleffairy, since you two have something in common. There are other poems as well…
I think the email went went Kapoot. LOL… so, your mails cannot reach the owner. Hey… I went to see the website…got loads of poems ohh… and damn they’re all so touching. You should have put up a warning. LOL… they are tearjerker!
Dunno…I received a reply saying that the email was not sent but I did not bother to read the details. Ya…the poems are really sad ones especially when you share the same sentiments. Perhaps you can establish contact with her and exchange notes… It may help to have some mutual support in our lives. Who can understand us better than those in the same situations.
You are so pro, bro. No wonder just now I couldn’t find the post lar. 🙂
Have to mah. Confucius says: Do not do to others what you would not want others to do unto you.