No Longer For Free

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Started a new set of prompts – I love lists of things – this one will prove to be endlessly productive for another couple of years – 227 Rules For Monks. These are from the 30 nissaggiyas. This is where 9 Not to ask for a good quality robe from two dāyakas who are saving money to offer one each. took me.

No Longer For Free

I decided to stop

giving it away for free

when the bar manager

made it clear my free

wasn’t bringing enough

in drink sales

drink that cost more

that I could afford

because I was giving it away for free

 

every poet every performer

was expected to give it away for free

that’s how it was done

our opportunity

to give it away for free

was paid for in what the bar earned

we were worth our weight in foam
which is ultimately worthless

 

each poet was there for themselves

not for the others

because what given away for free

became valueless not priceless

when I decided to stop

giving it away for free

it was as if

I priced myself out of the market

a market that went on

without me

 

giving it away for free

let me

forced me

to devalue myself

because people may be grateful

for free

but they only respect

what they pay for

and I deserve at least

as much respect

as your next drink

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