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Noblesse Oblige

NOBLESSE OBLIGE

I might get a Nobel
I might get run over
Contingencies abound
Best to be prepared

Nobel Prize response:
(Modesty meets truth)
“I am no more”
(Than any other)

Tombstone requiem:
(Dream meets reality)
“I am no more”
(The tenant left)

Success

SUCCESS

To earn your headline
Your fifteen minutes of fame
Nurture your nature

Vincent’s Brother’s Brother

VINCENT’S BROTHER’S BROTHER

Are you also one
I wonder who are unknown
Until they are gone?

To Not To Be

TO NOT TO BE

Shakespeare left nothing
Beyond his art; his life was
Immaterial

Hidden Cost

HIDDEN COST

To seek for fame a bridge too far
To hide from view beneath a mask
Subject of yarn after yarn bizarre
Who needs to take on such a task?

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A Cruel Mistress

A CRUEL MISTRESS

Top of the charts, teenage guitar hero
All those girls down on their knees

Fast forward thirty years
Nothing to see here

Just another clapped out muso
Comes awake mid afternoon

A sobering thought
Sends a shiver

Sends him scuttling
For a hair of the dog

A glass or three
Of Old Paint Stripper

Down at the Rickety Crotchet
Where the mandatory optimism prevails

The Price Of Fame

THE PRICE OF FAME

This obscure scribbler
Would rather never

To have been (inaccurately,
of course) well known

Than to have (inevitably)
Been misremembered

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