Van Gogh Died Broke Too
Editors keep rejecting me.
But someday it’s to be,
that I’ll be in Shakespeare’s stead;
appreciated only when dead.
Though publishers keep saying no,
I’ll be Edgar Alan Poe;
All my countless years of slavin’
will pen something like The Raven,
a posthumous masterpiece.
This earthly mission won’t cease.
Richard Sponaugle was born 4-20-60 in Maryland and raised in Northern Virginia. He received a BA from George Mason University. A prolific poet and songwriter, he has been published in many venues.