A Cautionary Poem
By Betty Adams
"Write what you know," my dear Momma said,
As she scooped up my romance and sent me to bed.
"Write what you know," my teacher declared,
As he took his red pen and made corrections to spare.
"Write what you know," the Author dictated,
In the script on the screen that's now terribly dated.
"Write what you know," cried the Professor impassioned,
"And if not what you know, then what you've properly imagined!"
So I wrote what I knew,
Then edited and hark!
The perfect villain appeared.
Striding out of the dark.
Oh he was twisted and hateable,
This villain most vile!
I wrote what I knew....
Now I'm being sued for libel*!
*No legal action has actually been brought against the author. The author has too much common sense to let personal villains get published until they are edited beyond recognition.