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I mourn for the beginner

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I mourn for the beginner

Who loves a beginner?
What counts except experience?
In every aspect and field:
Of romance, writing and working
But where do you gain experience
Without a first chance?

Young novel writers
Can only reap in old age
If only they are lucky
To live long like crows

What was that?
Common comments
Of publishers, critics and guides
Indeed, a wise query
To awaken and fortify the beginners!

Critics have muddied my land of birth
With contemptuous phrases
Is it really a literary desert?

What with this poor reading culture, 
But where are the books
From novel upcoming writers?

Publishers exude words of hope
To beginners
In interviews and forums

Later?





What happened to yester day’s promises?

Who adores beginners?
Will they survive to be breadwinners?

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  1. Date: 7/21/2011 7:03:00 AM
    It is so hot here in Ohio the last few days and they say stay in if you can. Well I can and so I thought this would be a wonderful day to thank everyone for their kind comments on my poetry. So I say thank you to you for the kind words and for sharing your amazing poetry with us Arnold. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/5/2011 3:19:00 AM
    Thanks Robert; I believe we all must begin from somewhere before we curve a name for ourselves. Glenn, thank you very much

  1. Date: 7/4/2011 8:03:00 AM
    All good questions and part of the intrigue of it all. Thanks, Arnold for casting limelight on all of us beginners no matter our age!

  1. Date: 7/4/2011 7:16:00 AM
    love the message here, bro! =)