My Belated Confession
I admit it -- I cheated: I took steroids
-- they helped me to win all those awards,
the Pushcart, the Pulitzer, and the Nobel
-- even if it's ignoble of me to admit it.
Although I claimed that I took no stimulants
(here, I dab my eye) I've let down my family,
all my fans and all aspiring poets who believe
they can reach the pinnacle without a fix.
I confess, I doped myself up real fine. . .
I deserve to be stripped of everything.
For my success, anonymity I would trade.
My megalomaniac malice was incontestible,
my artful duplicity all too contemptible:
I fully deserve the world's tirade.
Christopher T. George