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Never Become a Household Name

Never become a household name
for if you do
you will lose yourself
to the pussy willows
of happenstance
memories personalized and
proportional.

Never become a household name
for to do so would be insane
and your words will be
stolen from you
and twisted by liars
with fingers wriggling.

And in the cities
the fad makers
disagree about how passé
the shows of the willing poet
sports to support
his words.

And they duel
with tongues that flicker
like candle flames
lapping at the waltzes of my soul
softly, softly
as if their support
could make me, break me
in the cities where the street car bow
plays upon the track like strings.

@kylerichtig

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