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I'll publish or perish;
  find someone to cherish;
     move someplace phenomenal;
        display an abdominal
           physique to inspire,
              which I shall acquire!

. . . Or perhaps, just retire.
Practicing what I preach, and entering `Kneeling-Glory's 25th Birthday Contest. Especially since we share the same birth month. :la:

The idea is to write a poem of exactly 25 words, about one's goals for the next quarter-century birthday — in my case, my 50th.

:plotting: Still wondering if perhaps I should've worked in something about AARP, though. After all, it's . . . only four more years! :omfg:

(And relax, I'm not actually jinxing myself; 'publish or perish' is a bit of wordplay based on the academic concept. :paranoid:)


Update, as of Dec. 1: Apparently, this was good enough to place. Cheers!
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Given 2012-12-08
By Fifty, by `HaveTales-WillTell ( Featured by thorns )
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sevvysgirl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! And can also totally relate to it! LOL! Thanks for sharing :-)
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:iconretrozombie:
RetroZombie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
this one made me chuckle! :giggle:

... and belated congrats on the DD!! :dance:
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks, twice! :manhug:
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:iconladyofgaerdon:
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
This is so great. Congrats on your well-earned DD! :clap:
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
:blushes: Thanks; I'm honestly surprised by the positive outpouring for what was, to me, just a bit of silliness.
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:iconladyofgaerdon:
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Writer
I think it spoke to a lot of people.
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Writer
:nod: T'would appear so.
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:iconiampoetry:
iamPoetry Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I just knew it.
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
:lol: I appreciate the vote of confidence.
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:iconlucy-merriman:
Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Love!
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
8-) Thank you.
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:iconroskvape:
Roskvape Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hahaha! Love it. :XD:
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Glad to hear that; thanks. :D
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:iconaihin13:
Aihin13 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this!! :)
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
:thanks: I'm glad.
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:iconworldwideimage:
WorldwideImage Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent job! wonderful relatable poem!
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks; it was fun to write. :thanks:
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:iconbrokengrin:
bRoKeNgRiN Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How fun! Thanks for sharing! A nice brief interlude. :)
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
A brief interlude . . . which only took five decades to earn. :lol:

Thank you.
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:iconquelineart:
Quelineart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student
PICK JUST RETIRE! Jk, this is amazing.
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
I WOULD IF I COULD! :la:

Thank you.
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:iconmag889:
Mag889 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnifique!
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
:iconfrenchplz: Merci beaucoup!
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:iconmag889:
Mag889 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O mon dieu! Ca va! :D
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:iconmichawolf13:
Michawolf13 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh geez, thanks :icontruesmiles:
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
You're welcome; thank you. :D
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:iconhikaru-nara-kheel:
hikaru-nara-kheel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
the only thing i dont get is the line "display an abdominal", it just does not make sense, like you just needed a rhyme.
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
It looks like several others have already weighed in. The clue was meant to be in the punctuation, and the lack of it at the end of that particular line.

Other than that bit of confusion, I hope you enjoyed this. :)
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:iconnoahwarnke:
NoahWarnke Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   General Artist
It goes with the next line. An abdominal physique to inspire (impressive abs, lol).
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Indeed! :la:
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:icondisrhythmic:
disrhythmic Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
It's part of the next line. "Display an abdominal/physique to inspire." ;)
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:iconuziel-de-winther:
Uziel-De-Winther Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what a wonderful little display of lyrics :)
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you; it was fun to write.
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:iconuziel-de-winther:
Uziel-De-Winther Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)good thats how it should be :)
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: It does remind me of Shel Silverstein. I demand an accompanying illustration!
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
:salute: Yes'm! Just as soon as I exhume and reanimate his remains learn how to draw!
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:evileye:

I'd do one, but I'd have to be poked about it.
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Not a problem. Poking, I can do! :turbopoke:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I resist!
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Writer
`HaveTales-WillTell uses Turbopoke!
It was denied!
`HaveTales-WillTell uses Punnery!
It's super effective!


That's right . . . I'm a poke-mon. :pokeball:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I regret this day.
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Writer
Whyfor? It's not like it's the end of the world... :evileye:
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:iconhalcyal:
Halcyal Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Affably amusing. Charmingly aired. Cute.
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
:lol: I see I'm not the only one who enjoys verbal minimalism. Thank you.
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:iconjackiestarsister:
JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this very much. It's lighthearted and optimistic and humorous, and I think hits on a good point about making plans for the future. The style reminds me a little bit of Shel Silverstein
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you; Uncle Shelby has definitely been one of my inspirations.
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:iconillustratedbox:
IllustratedBox Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
PoeticTingles*
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Which lead to poetic goosebumps, I hope. 8-)
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:iconhaorucold:
HaoruCold Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Artist
That's just great X3
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
:D I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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