The Damnation of Recognition

the damnation of recognition:
this is where even
genius sometimes
and talent always
whores out;

oh, boys, be careful:
it was not easy
getting there.
and there’s no getting back;
remember what you’ve
carved in cold places,
and know
that the gods were good,
and that it is not
the living crowd
of now
that decides anything:
or least of all,