And Then They Stopped Calling*

by Chris Feild

NOW i open grocery stores
my life not always such a bore
i was a big star
at the top of my game
then it all came crashing down
there was no more fame

people used to laugh
they used to shout and cheer
but when they hear my name now
audiences cringe with fear

i used to work with murphy
aykroyd, belushi, and others
but SNL stopped calling
can you spare some change for a brother?

it's crappy when they think you're a hack
it's shitty when they think you blow
it's fucking tough finding work for a guy
when your name is joe piscopo

*Third-prize winner, asinine poetry literary contest, fall 2001

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