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By US Desk
Fri, 12, 22

But his most successful and longest-term job was probably the most boring job possible: low-level federal bureaucrat....

POETS’ CORNER

How poets earned money

It’s hard to believe, but writers made nothing from their books until the invention of copyright in the 18th century. Instead, they relied on wealthy patrons to make a living. Shakespeare is said to have received an astonishing £1,000 for his flowery dedications to the Earl of Southampton (though it was more probably a still wildly generous £100).

Walt Whitman had a lot of jobs: journalist, pressman and teacher, among others. He was a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, as evidenced by his fascination with occupations in many Leaves of Grass poems. But his most successful and longest-term job was probably the most boring job possible: low-level federal bureaucrat.

Harvest moon

By Amna Ameer

While others

Will dream

About better times

The harvest moon

Will only remind me

About each time I prayed

For you to stay

And every fortnight

You still left

Taking away

A part of me

A wish, a hope

To be better

Now a blank page

For regrets

Shadowed by the moonlight

All there’s left to say

Is that may be

A miracle will save

What is gone

Into the winds

Like old songs

Forgotten

Betrayed

So called ‘togetherness’

By Aysha Alam

We get involved to be here together

Living our dreams as if it is going to be forever

Who knows? I wish you knew your man, you knew your girl

With the desire to see their spikes or curls

Falling in love, having those hugs

But are they from the wrong ones?

I wish we could all figure it out

Knowing the names speaking out loud

Recipe for a good life

By Abdullah Tahir

The world needs boring movies

For there to be good ones

There must be infinite stupidity

For there to be Einsteins

You need a taste of melancholy

To understand what’s fun

Don’t try fitting in

Life isn’t a puzzle

It’s like Abstract Art

Try to understand it