Not many people
Read my poems now –
But wait until I’m famous
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
My Digital Citizen blog that is my true blog, has been getting over 4,000 page views per day in September in what has been a traffic spike month. This poetry blog, meanwhile, slugs along about 4 page views per day. And that’s actually quite OK. I chose to keep my poetry and everything apart despite knowing the latter would get much more traffic a long time ago. I write here for the joy of it, not to try to get fame or think my poetry is great or anything. In fact, if you could hear how I criticize my own poetry in my mind objectively, you’d definitely know! I’m doing it from suffering of insecurity and any such nervous affliction, though. That’s just the way I am, and I come out better and stronger for it, not worse.
Given what I’ve said about how “fame will make everything about a person more interesting” and that “everything done now will mean more later” as personal life philosophies and perspectives, those are the concepts this little haiku (without proper reference to nature) alludes to. Well, I count human nature for nature. 🙂
But it doesn’t apply to just me, though. In most cases, it’d also apply to you because I don’t think any of you (referencing my readers) are very famous. My apologies if I’m wrong about you. 🙂
Most of you, my very small group of readers, also blog, and many poetry. If you’re not famous, what if you were to suddenly become so? Infamous might be better to illustrate the example. What if you were suddenly accused of some heinous crime? Or just immoral act cause that works just as well? Not saying you’d be guilty of it, just accused!
People would suddenly want to dissect your personality and your life. They’d find your blog and read through everything to see if there were any signs. And when they want to find signs, they’ll find signs! They’ll point to this poem or that, this comment or that, one entry or another, etc. You and your writings would be getting so much attention it wouldn’t be funny.
Then, even after it all dies down, some will still not be convinced. Some will be genuinely interested in your stuff, whether they like it or not (maybe just to keep an eye on you). Everything will still be looked over and scrutinized to some extent, in support and criticism.
That’s all what I’m talking about, not just trash talking like people are wrong not to be reading my stuff. 🙂
The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.