Not a Popularity Contest for Me: A Poem
I'd say, it's something most writers believe
we should write what others want to read
and that is why I am not likely to achieve
readership that writers apparently need.
While not knowing most of you out there
how can I lie that I had "you" in my mind
so let me be just honest and perfectly fair
I don't consider reader's taste of any kind.
It's your choice, not mine, that you're reading this
I just express myself, and you may like it or not
so you don't take any part in my writing bliss
regardless of how I appreciate you a lot.
Worrying about "my popularity" I'd be market-minded
which would surely make me competitive of a kind
I simply can't turn to become success-blinded
seeing others' popularity with jealous mind.
I see others' poetry getting some nice viewing
but that doesn't motivate me to write their way
not because it's beyond my ability of pursuing
but it just wouldn't be me at the end of the day.
Once that you've made the contact my poem is alive
otherwise it's only there in sort of "potentiality field"
and until then it doesn't matter how much I strive
the choice is yours, till then poem is concealed.
Poet's popularity has its ups but mostly its downs
for you never know when your tiny star will glow
as poets are merely a bunch of circus clowns
giving artistic touch to grand human show.
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