strive for excellence and

strive for excellence and
somebody will be there to try to stop you
admit to aspirations for art and
somebody will deride your ambition
somebody will claim you are putting on airs—
the somebodys are many, they are legion
they will question your femininity
they will snicker at your tallywacker
they will pull at you from behind like hyenas
and erect walls right in front of your face
people are never too busy to hinder
if they think you are trying too hard—
but if you stoop to idiocy
those same people
are more than happy to help
this is why it’s hard to find a date
for Long Day’s Journey Into Night
but people will join you for Two and a Half Men
at the drop of a hat

—Don Whittington


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