drive or strive


as an artist
in this country
you can't survive
no matter how hard you strive

after some time
no matter how hard you try
you'll lose your drive
you may even cry

exactly, who are you?
no identity
always retaining anonymity

after all
you've no one to report to
& no one will support you

this is a fact
you must admit
& you must submit

for you have committed yourself
to a profession
nobody understands
nobody needs!


Lin Hsin Hsin
June 16, 1989


Golden Poet Award,
World of Poetry Contest 1990, U.S.A.

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