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Lower Back Pain (1 Viewer)

Phil Istine

WF Veterans
Lower Back Pain

Yasmina Zygote wrote
…and wrote…and wrote
the most purple of beautiful prose
and odes that rose from the restless sea
of poets whose poems
flowed free.

The publisher loved
her wisp turns of phrase
and the ways in which
she mesmerised editors.
They printed ten thousand:
A winner!
Surefire!
But no-one would buy
and they didn’t know why.

One bright day
she met the love of her life,
a man who asked her
to become his wife.
At first she thought it
a fleeting lark
and she laughed at his name:
Abel Aardvark

A traditional sort
she changed her last name
and she wrote…
and wrote…
over again.
Another publisher gave her a try
and watched her books fly
from the shopping mall shelves…
and never knew why.​
 

Namyh

Senior Member
Phil - I liked this a lot. Sometimes the smallest change makes a difference in a career and to the buying public. Marion Morrison changed to John Wayne and made a fortune. Caryn Johnson change to Whoopi Goldberg and won an Oscar. Archibald Leach became Cary Grant and Lawrence Harvey Ziegler became Michael Caine. Now I'm kinda thinking of changing mine. Just kidding! Who can predict the fickle buying public! Nice work Phil. LOL.Namyh
 
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Phil Istine

WF Veterans
The poem was actually inspired by a recent visit to Waterstone's. I became aware of my reluctance to browse too low as my back was tweaking, so I shared some humour with the shop assistant about whether authors on the lowest two shelves sold as many books as those on higher shelves and said I might write a poem about it. I may even print it out and give him a copy, but he might think I'm nuts - LOL.
 

Brian Roberts

Senior Member
Lower Back Pain

Yasmina Zygote wrote
…and wrote…and wrote
the most purple of beautiful prose
and odes that rose from the restless sea
of poets whose poems
flowed free.

The publisher loved
her wisp turns of phrase
and the ways in which
she mesmerised editors.
They printed ten thousand:
A winner!
Surefire!
But no-one would buy
and they didn’t know why.

One bright day
she met the love of her life,
a man who asked her
to become his wife.
At first she thought it
a fleeting lark
and she laughed at his name:
Abel Aardvark

A traditional sort
she changed her last name
and she wrote…
and wrote…
over again.
Another publisher gave her a try
and watched her books fly
from the shopping mall shelves…
and never knew why.​
This work made me smile....it is quite refreshing, and is a testament to how capricious the publishing fraternity can be. Well done!
 
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