UNSOLICITED ADVICE FOR POETS & WRITERS
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Oh, you're not happy being a poet or writer?
Ain't gettin' any spiritual recognition?
Well, maybe it's time to write more shit
& pay some more dues,
what made you think it would be so easy
just because you felt wrenched in your soul
when you wrote your thoughts & feelings
down on paper?
Did you really think
your poems would sell like hotcakes
at the five & dime?
& everybody would love & trust you
& understand the deepest you?
It's time to write more shit,
really terrible shit,
& if you should find a small flower
you should feed it & nourish it,
let it take food from your mouth,
let it pick your pocket,
stab you in the back,
& leave you with just your bones
like a picked-over lover.
You need to make friends with self-doubt
& stop worrying about your copyright.
Nobody's going to steal your crappy poems -
not even your good ones.
Take a deep breath
& hold it in.
Hang on for the ride
because it isn't free.
It will cost you everything
which to me
seems like a pretty fair deal.