That Poem Beth Wrote




I remember the poem Beth wrote

about the 31 cents

she took

from Hillman Bailey 111’s open desk

in primary school

and how she made up for it

over half a lifetime later

by leaving change —31c — at the checkout

for the next person to have who might have had a child

who wanted candy

and I thought , yes!!!

that is what I will do with the $250

a children’s literary magzine owes me

for the reprint of four poems

from the early 2000’s.

i can’t be bothered filling out all the forms

so I told them to donate it to a charity

so it goes back into the universe

where my poems came from anyway

36 thoughts on “That Poem Beth Wrote

    • you’d be surprised —and that’s for reprint rights; the top literary magazines In Australia, the UK and The Us pat double that for FIRST publication rights; you’ll have to do some Googling; I’ve been out of the game for over five years

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