It hurts that I know so many people
Who have often praised my writing
And who cannot be bothered to
Read the poems I am trying to share.
I am sure that these same people,
Were I to somehow become famous,
Would come to me to shake my hand
And say that they always believed in me.
That’s hard to believe when all I ask
Is for a friendly eye to read my poems
And offer a word or two of feedback –
Even negative feedback can be good.