Prophets and Losses

Tom C Dylan

Prophets and Losses


I decided to take a year for my writing,

and went to the bank

 to ask for a loan.

If I didn't have the stress of work

I could devote myself to my writing.


I hoped that by the end of the twelve months

I would have something I could publish,

a novel, a collection of short stories.

enough poems for a volume.


I was shown through to the bank manager's office

and told to take a seat.

As he glared at me, I detailed my plan,

for pouring my soul into my writing

to get it all down and out of my system

and then to attempt publishing.


What's your estimated turn-over for year one?

He asked, peering at me over his glasses.

About two hundred and fifty. I replied, proudly.

Is that pounds or Dollars?

Pages. I said.


No, you're misunderstanding. What's your margin? he asked.

It's a narrow column that runs down the side of the page.

I said.


It was at that point I was thrown out of the bank.


  • Author: Tom C Dylan (Offline Offline)
  • Published: February 12th, 2024 04:49
  • Comment from author about the poem: One a TV show the other day, I heard a business person talking about their margins, that gave me the idea for this poem.
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  • Users favorite of this poem: Teddy.15, Accidental Poet, Qurrathul Ain, ana_the_bibliophile.
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  • Teddy.15

    😂 that's so funny, you just brightened my day Tom. Thank you 🤣

    • Tom C Dylan

      Aw bless ya. We were watching Dragon's Den the other night, and they kept talking about the margins. 🙂

    • Neville

      such mistakes are easy done .. at least you survived and if you play ya cards write, could even make a few bob by selling the product .. Neville

      • Tom C Dylan

        We were watching Dragons' Den the other night and they were going on about margins.. I thought, margins? The side of the page? 🙂 Cheers, Tom.

      • Doggerel Dave

        You've lightened up my evening with your whimsy, Tom. Ready for a sound night's sleep......

        • Tom C Dylan

          Thanks Dave, appreciated. 🙂

        • orchidee

          Doh! lol.

          • Tom C Dylan

            Yeah, Dragons' Den the other night and they kept mention the margin. 🙂

            • orchidee

              Oh, they get on to business-speak and waffle on! It's very difficult to get any money from them, and then they have to be repaid.

            • Accidental Poet

              We have here in the US a spin off of your Dragon's Den called Shark Tank. Well penned Tom. Those bank suits don't know nothing about writing anyhow. 😁👍

              • Tom C Dylan

                Really? Your Dragons' Den is called Shark Tank? Never knew that. Thanks, AP. And one of my favourite sayings is by Robert Graves, there's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money either. Just about sums it up for me. 🙂

                • Accidental Poet

                  Yes Tom, my dad used to love watching it. The only money in poetry that I would know of is if it's written that way. 😁👍

                • Thomas W Case

                  Tremendous. Funny and great storytelling, very creative. I love it.

                  • Tom C Dylan

                    Thanks a lot, Thomas. Really appreciated.

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Terrific fun write Tom.


                    • Tom C Dylan

                      Thanks, Andy. Appreciated.

                    • Garth Rakumakoe

                      I love the storyline... Delivered with such candid humor and just poetic honesty... For the sheer love of poetry, this is such a good piece!

                      • Tom C Dylan

                        Thanks, Garth. Really appreciate your comments. I was watching Dragons' Den the other night and they kept talking about margins, that gave me the idea for this poem. For me, margins are the things are the edge of a page. 🙂 Cheers, Tom.

                        • Garth Rakumakoe

                          Spoken like the true poet you are, lol... Nice one!

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