from the frustration to fame


Malnourished themes.

Stillborn characters.

His books have been
lying in state
in a bookstore.

There are
mud dauber nests
like the tombstones
on the covers.

The bookworms creep

A new creation originates
from his frustration.

His protagonist molests
a thousand year-old-goddess
in a nook
of his new novel.

Her shriek
wakes the devotees up.

Religious turbulence.

Even an illiterate buys
a copy.

First published in issue #24 of The Literary Hatchet.