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The Pitfall of Praise

How deadly this sweet drink of praise, 
that sipped, decays the thing it lauds. 
A sly deceiver, 'tis, oh yes, 
this chronic craving for applause. 

A first place prize, the kiss of death,
to art original and free. 
But now is surely lost I fear,
in muddy mires of mimicry.

Copyright © Roy Jerden | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 1/20/2017 1:26:00 PM

    Bullseye my friend.. Hope you are well, and would love to see new poems..
  1. Date: 12/3/2016 2:28:00 PM

    Roy wow; you've definitely touched on a needed topic. Missing you old friend. Hope you're okay.
  1. Date: 7/7/2016 2:19:00 PM

    Ha, good to read, Roy. SKAT
  1. Date: 5/10/2016 1:53:00 PM

    A sly and perceptive devil you are. I had never thought of how fraught with peril the number one can be. Inciteful, and I'll go back and read with pleasure all my number 2s. Well, some of them are probably just number 2.
  1. Date: 3/30/2016 12:13:00 PM

    I understand what you're saying here, Roy. And I dig. For me I love the contests because it's like a never-ending pool of inspiration, that battles against the dreaded "writer's block" ... getting high marks, of course, is always a treat, but I mainly just like the excuse to try something different and new, that I probably wouldn't have written in the first place (like your spoonerism contest ... lol)
  1. Date: 3/23/2016 6:32:00 PM

    Nicely done.....and certainly contains at least a modicum of truth (most of us are definitely here hoping to wallow in the "mire" of praise.....and, I must admit, it feels -- when received -- fantastic.)
  1. Date: 3/23/2016 6:30:00 PM

    The very clever title pulled me in Roy - I much prefer one genuine comment to a host of cookie cutter comments and as for contests they are merely a way of getting more exposure to our work:-) hugs jan xx
  1. Date: 3/23/2016 2:59:00 PM

    I liked your poem.