It was ironic from my perspective. That was my intention.
As an observer of it (now that it’s not one with me anymore), I’d say that in parallel, from the perspective of the poem(it becomes an independent entity, I agree), it wasn’t only ironic. Irony, humour, (self)sarcasm, etc. always have something enclosed, something we actually mean when we use them; we say it in a humorous way, but the way doesn’t change the fact that we were triggered by something in it. Something in it touched something in us. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be interested in saying it. It’s like when someone always makes self-sarcastic comments about their shape, their figure. The fact that they talk about themselves being overweighted in a humorous way, doesn’t change the fact that this attracts their interest/gives birth to the need to be expressed.
But, there’s also a conflict. I am whining, but I also like it. So, the poem, from its perspective, meant what it said, but it also likes what’s happening while it co-exists with the poet. That’s why, in the end, it recanted, in a way.
As for me, I agree. That’s why, as you know, the metaphors and the codes are almost always in my writings!
Thank you, Patrick.