I won for a few years

it was when I self-published my book

When Twilight Begins

poems flowed

i’d carry a notebook — poems flowed while walking

or sitting in a sports bar

or sitting on my apartment couch


more books published, maybe 2 a year

sold in bookstores —

waldenbooks, dalton booksellers,

barnes & noble, borders

books-a-million & gift shops

& college bookstores


i thought the winnings were mine forever

i thought the good times would never end

then in the mirror

my youth turned into

an aging face


i dated

and thought love would never end


i didn’t know that when races are won

one day

there’s not another win


letters from ladies slowed

my phone stopped ringing


no one brought

snacks and drinks to enjoy





(Jim Wortham, August 9, 2022)

Published by Jim Wortham

As a teen, wanted to live from writing poetry. Wrote several books, selling nationally. Hung out with readers throughout the United States. My writing has been on back burner. Now dusting off my desk and have my pen in hand. Hope you enjoy some of what I write.

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