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A Poet's Pay

Sharing Stories
February 26, 2023 at 6:32 p.m.
Poems seem best done by a pen in hand.
Poems seem best done by a pen in hand. Pat D'Amico


A poet is paid a pittance.
This will not come as news.

One seldom dwells on remittance
when engaged with a lively muse.

A poem can take minutes or weeks.
It can live in the back of the brain.

There are valleys and glorious peaks
when the words start to rumble and rain.

A poet needs paper and pen,
or the thoughts may skitter away—
never to return again
and enliven another day.

Pat D’Amico is a columnist with Northwest Prime Time, sometimes a Sharing Stories author, and sometimes a poet.

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