Let Me Not Run After Famous Names! - Poem by sundaram chandrakalaadhar
Let me not run after famous names!
Let me not run after famous names
With my manuscript on hand
Pleading pitifully with a sheepish smile
For a favourable preface for my work
And await at their gates like a mongrel
For months for a few unworthy lines!
Let my works be my strength
And their content my confidence!
Let my trophies be the few linesI gain from unknown faces
From far flung areas of the world
With real good will and in right earnestness.
Let me desist from organising book release functions
Stage-managed to glorify my letters
And intoxicate myself out of its kicks!
Let me refrain from begging publishers
For the paltry sums thrown at face in contempt
And boldly publish garnering my resources!
Let me ready myself to treat both bouquets
And brickbats with equanimity!
Let me not invade my near and dear
Demanding tributes for my works!
Let me not tire in my conscious efforts
To sculpt my works to finer dimensions!
Let my letters not kneel down before might
And not praise the unworthy
And ever speak for the right and deprived!
And their fangs plunge deep
Into the vices of the cheats!
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