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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

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  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.

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