I Am Channeling Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary
'I've heard that before.'
I am channeling Poe.

'You don't have to channel po' no 'mo.
I think you have been very successful.
I make a suggestion you channel some dough,
So you can pay me back the money you owe.'

You have no sympathy for artists at all,
Do you?

'Why should I have sympathy,
For somebody channeling po'?
Do you know how many people
Right outside that door,
That have painted that picture too long.
Now...
IF you can channel up some fish and grits,
I'll give you all the sympathy you want.'

Are you here to bug me or what?

'You go right ahead.
Channel up all the 'po' you want.
I aint into it.
I know a few folks,
Who are not painting those kinds of pictures.
You told me earlier
You were home alone writing! '

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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