I read a book one day, and my whole life was changed.
-- Orhan Pamuk
There was that time when I had friends galore
drinkers, musicians, also crazies of all kinds
quantity over quality important much more
having no preference over their minds.
But then I outgrew need for a friendly crowd
now keeping only those with vibes like mine
not an insane variety just to make me proud
so lacking my popularity was feeling just fine.
The same is happening with my online writing
so I'd rather have just few with exploring brains
than multitude to make it all much more exciting
preferring little smart traffic over some fast lanes.
There are poets targeting a general taste
craving popularity and making that extra buck
my designated writing time can't afford that waste
just can't see myself as overzealous poetizing schmuck.
Life is too short for mediocre monetary gains
and just for popularity I won't waste my time
so I write poetry for those inquisitive brains
for them my messages come in a rhyme.
But -- let everyone follow their own bliss
I don't need those shopping in variety store
multitudes in readership I certainly won't miss
for, again, I don't insist on friendly readers galore.
© 2023 Val Karas