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the nature of success

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the nature of success

The Nature of Success. 

On an old tank ship that was so slow it felt as
we were suspended in time, a world shrunk 
only us the ocean and the rhythmic hear beat 
of the engine… and when the ship birthed, at 
some god forsaken refinery, we felt overcome 
by shyness seeing so many strange faces. 

It was on a ship like this I met the third officer
a young man with literary ambitions, and he
succeeded on Norway´s modest literary tree. 
Often interviewed, asked awkward questions 
about writing and why he writes like it should 
be a hidden formula.

I´m glad for his triumph, yet there is a sting in
my heart, not of rancor, but of sadness…never 
having received the clarion call of acceptance.
Collections after collections have been rejected.
I feel as I have been suspended in a fool´s time,
only the sea and me and the shore is far away. 

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  1. Date: 12/13/2012 12:04:00 PM
    Dear Jan - It would do a talent such as yours (and others) to stand acclaimed and I say maybe the publishers do not see your uniquely bared soul and written ideas. The question is who are they and what are they looking for? If it is not you, there must be many more before you waiting in line even with connections on the plateau of broken dreams. Perhaps kindred untrained eyes from across the sea are not enough you, crusty old salt, but they are for me. love, Kathy

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    Date: 12/13/2012 1:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    most poets who makes it in Britain, say, are helped by universities and connections... This goes for Norway too. as few people actually read poetry it is near impossible to get along without backing... yet fool as i´m i do go on writing no longer for fame but for the fact it is what I do and worldwide I do have about two hundred readers a week. even on a Norwegian site i noticed that a poem i wrote " Cigarette