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Why I'll never be Poet Laureate

by Paul Little

Why I'll never be poet laureate

I can’t write as proficiently as some
Well give me a title
Then I can write anything
But those aren’t easy to come by
If you have one let me know

My name just isn’t right
It doesn’t sound silly enough
Well ok maybe it does
When you examine it more closely

I like to think i'm too bohemian
Well to be brutally honest
It’s the pay package
Or the total lack of one

I’m not a published poet
Well maybe I should submit some work
Yes ill send my writing to a publisher
Definitely tomorrow for sure…if I get a chance

My poetry just isn’t good enough
Although that doesn’t usually stop them
Exalting someone to the position who doesn’t deserve it
Who makes these choices anyway?
Does that make me sound bitter?

So maybe ill never join the elite
Dryden, words worth and Tennyson
Though had I been Tennyson
I wouldn’t have accepted as second choice
Ok who am I kidding, course I would


Posted on 08/21/2008
Copyright © 2018 Paul Little

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 08/21/08 at 10:08 PM

And you are published. I just read it. Everyone on this site is and should recognize it. I suspect many have the poetry read more here on the Inet than if they been published on magazine pages or in a book. From what I read bookstores will be out of business in a couple of months or maybe a couple of decades.

Posted by Genevieve Sturrock on 08/21/08 at 10:10 PM

you know, i am amazed at how many times my poems have been read here. and i love reading other people's works. thanks for sharing.

Posted by Olivia Martin on 08/21/08 at 11:31 PM

Nice job! For one I throughly enjoyed the combination of bitter sarcasm; there is a humor in these lines that is usually hard to come by without being overdone. Secondly I like the question at hand here, and alas, I think it is the plight of every poet. Great job, Paul, keep up the good work.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/23/08 at 05:09 PM

I was reading where the Poet Laureate is appointed by a government - I think I'll stick to the street.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 01/06/18 at 11:29 AM

Well played sir!

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