I’d like you all to meet a fellow, wise and witty, warm and mellow. The story opens with the scene of how he finally “came clean.”
Now, he’s not one to self-promote but once I’d read the verse he wrote in service of poetic art, it struck a longing in my heart. I hollered till my throat was sore: “Please gimme, gimme, gimme more!” So sometimes when he’d write to me he’d dole one out reluctantly.
One day a note from him arrived that almost left me sore deprived throughout the week until I chanced to turn it over, where enhanced by simple words without fanfare a splendid poem rested there. I said, “Hey Buddy, what a feat, but next time don’t be so discreet.”
Well sure enough, as time went by, my uncle ceased to be so shy. Next time the designated spot was marked with arrows he had shot across the paper’s forward face as in humility and grace he’d fashioned letters bold and wide: “THEY BE A POME ON T’OTHER SIDE! —–>>>”
Written in tribute to my Uncle Buddy in the mid-1990s, when I learned to my surprise that some of the best poets of our time were related to me. I’m so glad I pestered them for their stories and poems before they died.
My dad and his little brother, having been raised to never toot their own horns, wrote for love. It was in corresponding with them through pre-Internet years that I subsequently discovered the joy of connecting with likeminded poets online.
I wanted the fame and I chased it with purposeful, passionate verve, leaving no opportunity wasted to enflame the acclaim I deserve. I self-published a book and I based it on an ocean of rare expertise from an Amazon link that’s re-pasted into Facebook promotions with ease.
Now I’m trending on Tiktok and Twitter riding high on the peak of the wave in a viral commotion aglitter with the glow of devotion we crave. To the losers and chumps who are bitter that I hoard my exorbitant fund, I say God doesn’t favor a quitter — don’t give up ’til the masses are stunned!
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