Hello fellow poet. You changed my life!

20 Jul

I was afraid to contact you.
You were well known as the poet
in your city
throughout our state
in other states
and several countries.
Your books were sold in
all the independent bookstores.
And later I saw your poetry books
in book racks
in major bookstore chains.

I felt small compared to you.
I did not have a book published.
I did not know if
what I wrote could be called poetry.

I wanted to be a poet
(since 14 years old)
but was not sure I was writing poetry.
I asked different poets
for advice.
They often said
“If you don’t know
what a poem is
I can’t explain it to you.”

I was too shy to contact you.
Yet everyone said
contact this guy
he is a published poet.
And he teaches creative writing
at a local college.

In my eyes
you were
too famous to meet.

We did meet later.
We had a lot of good times.
Talking, smoking cigars,
drinking wine, and talking
over good food
(that you always paid for).
Once I brought my girlfriend
with me
you picked up the tab
for us.

As the years passed
we autographed books together
at B. Dalton Booksellers
and Waldenbooks.

You changed my life.
And without saying anymore
you will know who you are.

Let’s always remain
friends.

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