You think I’m a pathetic little turd
I’m something much stranger
Yes, a hack.
Paid by the word
By the line
By the verse
Joy to the newly wedded virgins [Ha!]
Sadness to the mourning widows [Ha!]
Enlightenment to the beardless youth [Ha!]
Success to those who pursue [Ha!]
Redemption to those who repent [Ha!]
Please don’t insult my intelligence
By believing in
Why do you think there are cliché phrases?
You think I’m not better than that?
Excuse me while I sip my wine.
You’re such a kidder.
The words I write for me
And for her
But I don’t want to discuss those.
Barkeep! More wine.
Shoo. Leave me in peace.
Ave atque vale in pacem. Shoo.