Book Struck

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
An amateur writer meets his favourite author. Things don't go exactly to plan.

Submitted: March 08, 2017

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Submitted: March 08, 2017



Book Struck  or  Meet the Awful.


The author whose work I’d loved for years

Announced he was doing a book tour

With delight I saw he was coming to town.


I bought my ticket and read and waited

I had so many questions, comments

Suggestions and praise.


I joined the snaking line of people

We shuffled forward chatting

About the great man and his work.


My mind was racing, so much to say.

I was actually about to meet the man

Whose books inspired me to write.


Nice to meet you, I said warmly

Thanks, came the flat reply

As though I’d held a door open.


I shook his limp reluctant hand

He avoided my eager-fan gaze

I handed him my book.


Without moving the name sticker

He scribbled the title page

Like he saw signing for a package.


He tossed me back the novel

With a slam door shrug

And turned to the next in line.


Dismissed I headed for the exit

Feeling as though I’d been robbed

And more defiant than inspired.

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