The Collected Poems of Steve McRoberts
The Collected Poems of Steve McRoberts
  Another Chance

With another chance:
no more pathetic
cowering in the shadows
wasting time
writing third-rate
unread unmoving poetry


I would be out there
Following the successful formula
Swallowing all the lies
as I spread and bent
forehead to toes.
Following the crowd
their opinions
and their flag
all the latest clichés:

"It's like--
You know?
You see what I'm saying?

A first-rate CONSUMEr
whistling commercial jingles
at the top
of my demographic bell-curve
looking after  #1
as the world is geared to.
In another life
another chance:
I'd love 'em and leave 'em
seeking first my pleasure:
wealth, thrills, intrigues,

Given another chance
I would have a horde
of friends and lovers
whom I'd treat with insolence
the more they loved me.
Casting caution
and integrity
to the wind
embracing conformity
I'd reap immense popularity &
melt into warm belonging at last.

With just another chance.

But not in this life.
No, not in my life.

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