Trivialities #9

And I’m still waiting for the day

the man with the clipboard

shows up on my doorstep,

a slip written out in red ink,

his fat hand, telling me

the party’s over –

this town doesn’t need

people like me



5 thoughts on “Trivialities #9

  1. I sat through my entire first year of medical school waiting for that man to walk through thee front door of the classroom and tell me they’d made a mistake.

    This your case, he’ll have to say that you’re too big for that little town and that the world needs you more.

    1. In perhaps my favorite commencement speech ever, Neil Gaiman said:

      “The first problem of any kind of even limited success is the unshakable conviction that you are getting away with something, and that any moment now they will discover you. It’s Imposter Syndrome, something my wife Amanda christened the Fraud Police.

      In my case, I was convinced that there would be a knock on the door, and a man with a clipboard (I don’t know why he carried a clipboard, in my head, but he did) would be there, to tell me it was all over, and they had caught up with me, and now I would have to go and get a real job, one that didn’t consist of making things up and writing them down, and reading books I wanted to read. And then I would go away quietly and get the kind of job where you don’t have to make things up any more.”

      – which inspired most of this poem. It’s impossible not to feel like a fraud sometimes, but at least we have others to tell us – as we need them to – that we are authentic, genuine, real. Even if it isn’t the truest thing in the world.

      Thanks for everything, Alice. I’ll look for you out in the world, when I get there.

      1. I LOVE Neal Gaimen’s work.

        Yup. The Fraud Police have been on my tail my whole life. This is a good name for this phenomenon.

        I would be quite pleased to meet you out there in the world… should I ever “make it” there. 😉

        We writers must encourage one another. All creative people are in this boat together. It’s so important to remember that “making things up and writing them down” comes from our cooperative unified spirit. In the creative place it’s we, us and altogether.

        Yes. I’d be happy to meet you someday in the solid world. 🙂


    1. This is honestly so nice to hear 🙂 I probably wouldn’t keep writing them if I didn’t know at least someone was enjoying them. Thank you, as always, for reading!

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