Find Friendly Ears for Your Verses: A Poem
If you had a publisher for a friend
you could write any imaginable crap
and soon after it might become a trend
with your big name covering the world map.
But if you are some poet in a likeness of me
your crap won't even get past neighborhood
and no matter who your best friends may be
if they are not publishers, that can't be good.
And so it is but everywhere a familiar case
not what---but rather, whom you may know
your good connections mean a higher place
and that higher place means plenty of dough.
Now, not really something for you to cry about
it doesn't mean that you're picking wrong friends
some ugly truths of life you could whisper or shout
while you may only need someone who understands.
So, to him you can recite your modest verse
don't expect his appraisal to be entirely true
as he may help your self-doubts to disperse
that's why I am reciting these verses to you.