Who Is Or Is Not A Poet Is Not For Me To Say

Who is or is not a poet is not for me to say
Though years ago when i was a boy in a place from here far away
A knowledgeable aging woman of poetry she knew
Told me self proclaimed poets are many but true poets are few
From wise and knowledgeable aging people life insights we gain
Though long in her grave her words with me remain
Anyone can proclaim themselves to be a poet
Though not everyone seen to be worthy of literary note
It is said we receive from life what becomes our due
In arts and in literature this may be true
But having said that self promotion does pay
At least that's how it does seem in the Human World of today
And who is or is not a poet does it matter anyway
Though many of such do like to have their say.

by Francis Duggan

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