Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

It's Who You Know - Sonnet



It's Who You Know - Sonnet


We're saddened when "they" give themselves the prize,
referred to as the literary throne.
How ironic prior to "their" demise,
"they" find the time to pass it to "their" own -

who now convince the world how great "they" were,
expressing this by word, by mouth, by deed.
Yet, there are those of us who don't concur,
sequoias of the world not of "their" seed.

For "we" abandon life to pen our verse,
betrothed to words that lust the vellum page,
exposing nepotism's ugly curse
upon artistic minds, "we" vent our rage.

As pressure builds the lava flow's abrupt
when bearded mountains, white with time, erupt.


  • Joe Dawson

    I knew a great journalist once who always missed out when promotion time came around. A kindly man who in time grew bitter and once told me 'Don't get mad Joe, get even' but he never did, he just went with the flow and accepted his fate. A great writer but as he said, 'only as good as his last piece'. Nepotism never beat him because puffed family members couldn't match his penmanship. 'It's who you know, not what you know' - so true. A very good write and my kind of sonnet. Joe

  • Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

    Thanks, Joe.

    I've seen nepotism over the years in both the corporate and literary worlds. Thought I'd write about it.

    Thanks for reading and replying.

  • Michael Edwards

    You're a real poet Tamara. This is a superb read with some great lines - thanks for posting.

  • Goldfinch60

    You see nepotism in all walks of life, 'they' think 'they' no best but those of us that have experience just laugh at them. We know (knew) what is (was) right.
    Good write Tamara for this day and age when those who think they are right are laughed at by those who know.

  • orchidee

    Doh! Why do some of those who are awarded prizes turn out to be the most rubbishy and boring writings! lol.

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