One Trick Pony

Don’t be a one trick pony,my editor says.

All great artists evolve:Shakespeare, Picasso, the Beatles.

What about the lesser ones? I ask.What about me?

Them too, he says.

Find your niche, exhaust it, then push outwards again.

Or inward? I suggest.

Yes, that too.

Don’t tread in the same water twice, he adds,sounding suspiciously Buddhist.

I get it. I really do.

The writer I was in the nineties,when I gave it a serious whirl,

is different to the writer I was in the early two thousands

or from 2010.

Did you know I was a children’s poet?

I had over 150 poems and six short stories about an axolotl
published in magazines world wide.

I can’t do that now.

The writer I was in the eighties would not recognize the writer I am now.

But I still like to show off my work.

I’m a bit of a show pony

but I’m NOT a one-trick pony

31 thoughts on “One Trick Pony

  1. I’d say show pony may be one of the defining attributes of a writer. Neigh, perhaps the most important one. I’d love to read more of your works from bygone eras. If you’re able to, you should post them. And keep strutting your amazing talent. 💜

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    • love that ‘neigh’ ; yes, I could do that, K: perhaps one a week or fortnight and highlight it with ‘Archive’ — readers might enjoy them — though there’s the danger they might say, in the words of the Regurgitator song: ‘I Like Your Old Stuff Better THan Your New Stuff’ 🙂


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