July 4, 2010

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of ...

by Paul Hellweg

Thirty plus years as a
university professor
preaching about the perils
of plagiarism, then tonight
read a poem in an online ‘zine
that stole lines directly from me.
Move over Hemingway,
move over Bukowski,
move over CĂ©line,
you ain’t the only ones
with words worth stealing.
I’m giddy with excitement,
I’m drunk on joy (well, Corona too),
I feel like I’ve finally arrived ...
I’ve been plagiarized!


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