Beautiful writing —
Your struggle with self-discovery, indignation, and self-doubt proves to be a mirror we can look into.
The paranoia caused by discovering a plagiarist (what about me? have I inadvertently lifted an idea? Or is using this one phrase unethical? Exactly what is it when it comes to poetry) — gives us all reason to pause and double check our work. Usually if I follow someone else’s theme, I find a way to make attribution. Once I wrote a poem “O Faithful Hound” with the following by-line: “with apologies to Francis Thompson”.