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The Short List
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The author isn’t paid,
 1
but a list is being made
 2
It’s being etched in stone
 3
and made with blood and bone
 4
The subject matter clouds
 5
and certain misty shrouds
 6
It’s consistent as the moon
 7
as seen in afternoon
 8
And no one seems to know
 9
how long this list will go
 10
But everyone is sure
 11
this list is quite obscure
 12
And the clouds they won’t take favors
 13
but come in many flavors
 14
And those that make it on the list,
 15
can count themselves among the bless’d.
 16

26 Apr 07

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... those that make it on the list/can count themselves among the bless'd

although the two final lines are frightfully wordy they're the only meat here,  the rest is saying a lot to say nothing at all, and there is quite a lot to be made of how authors do actually get on shortlists, recommended lists and the like.
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