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Darkened eyes, little lies.

i have seen it
in the dead eyes of the doped singer
goaded onto the stage
to do on cue
what once was natural.
the circle of viciousness.
unwillingness,prodded.
needs the dope
needs the big money
for more dope.
the crowds melt away,
except those who cling to a lost legend
who has long been gone.
a shell remaining,
sunglasses covering fish eyes.

i have seen it
in the starving artist
appreciated by the discerning
at his first flush of beauty.
his canvas children snatched up for a pittance.
rumors fly
the hungry close in
paint me this, just so,
to go with my decor.
and he needs, he needs to live
and paints with panache
produces on schedule
affects an artist’s persona
becomes a parody of himself
and the first flush of beauty
is cheapened.

i have seen it
in the writer who gives his work to the publisher
he needs to live, too.
and so, he has to eat his words
when they say
cut this or that out
and, by the way, we want to change the title.
so, what was once pleasure and pride for him
is now just an ignominious job.

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Lee Dunn has been writing since the age of 18, but found that work got in the way for the ensuing 48 years. In his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he reveled in his independence at an early age, and spent as much time as he could exploring the city’s Arts scene. He was introduced to poetry and prose by the works of two literary giants, namely J.R.R. Tolkien and J.W. Lennon and thence fell in love with the written word. His work includes poetry, short fiction, and personal essays, and ranges in theme from the surreal to the horrific, nostalgic, and themes on the human condition. He has been published on Spillwords.com, The Dark Poets Club, Journal of Undiscovered Poets, Crepe & Penn Literary magazine, and the Shelburne Free Press.

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  1. Real life doesn’t leave a lot of room for lofty notions about ourselves and our work whether we’re writers for hire, struggling artists, musicians, or shipping clerks and lawyers. Except for the occasional exception to prove the rule, we’re all about squeezing a living, the best living we can, out of a stingy system of rewards. Best learn to love it.

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