he never became famous

19 Oct

I knew him then

it was so many years ago
it was his first year of college

he talked
about writing poetry
and becoming famous

he was determined
to become famous
before 25 years old

in college he published his
first poetry book
his girlfriend paid for the printing
of a thousand copies

it sold well
I believe the title was
“when twilight begins”

he went on to publish
several other books
(maybe 12 or more)
and traveled to cities
where his books sold
and he autographed books
in bookstores —
(Waldenbooks, B. Dalton Booksellers,
Barnes and Noble, and Borders)

cash from his book sales
paid for airplane fare
a cheap motel
food
and entertaining
his fans at the end
of the days

he sold thousands of books
maybe even a hundred thousand
books and received fan mail daily

then his books stopped selling
like someone turned the
light switch off

discouraged
my friend went to work
at ford truck plant
and other places

and gave up writing poetry

from time to time
I talk with him
he gave up his dream
when his book sales declined

he says
“I never became famous”

he says
“maybe it’s for the best”

my friend continues to work
day after day
at a job he can barely
make himself go to

his dream of fame and fortune
is tucked away
never to be looked at again

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