[Latin gravitās, heaviness, seriousness.]
I sit at my desk and write some verse,
with a few insults and a cockeyed view,
and lo! I’m the master of the universe.
All of a sudden I am better than you
whose poems are full of solemnity
which only appeal to the chosen few.
I will be applauded for my bravery
as my opinions are so controversial
that people marvel at my effrontery.
I won’t make a fortune with such guff
because its value is not commercial
but literati relish this audacious stuff.
I am now the hero of the working class,
I speak to them with an earthy language
and don’t give a damn about gravitas.
© Luigi Pagano 2017