How will you be known,
Remembered and cherished,
When they taunt you my friend,
For those verses ill-nourished?
How will you fight,
What is extinct, indolent,
When they call you a writer,
With no inherent talent?
What will you do,
When they say all this is crap,
For you know not to rhyme,
Or write things that last?
Well, courage my friend,
Trudge faithfully on,
For when adversity beckons,
We writers are born.
No this ain't a farewell speech. But I think it's high time I started acknowledging all those who've made my journey on Mirakee a memorable one.
To all the 700+, a big thank you for following, appreciating and commenting on what I write.
If I have to start thanking people, I must go back to June-July 2016 - that's when I began writing my first 75 posts. Batman, Hindiwriters, Muskaan Yaqoob, Writersparadise, Writersnetwork, Soulwriter, AngelsandDemons - Thank you for appreciating the rather sombre thoughts of this dodo.
Alan - the main reason why I began my second stint on Mirakee last December: If it weren't for you and your encouragement, I would have always remained 'MLS' and not the 'LancyMark' everyone knows today.
And then there's my fellow collaborators and conspirators - Natasha and Asma. Thank you for believing in me and bearing with my idiosyncrasies...
Next up the list would be my manual spell checker and irritating little brother, Anant. Lol! I keep scolding you all the time! Hahaha! Love you a lot.
Abhinav, Shivam, Sanjay, Snigdha, Anukriti, Trishi, Prabha, Aria, Anis, Carolyn, a doctor with wings, Archana, Priya - I love you all - Mi Amigos and Familia on Mirakee.
There are many with whom I have had a verbal spat (my apologies) and there are many who have inspired me - thank you for helping me grow in wit and wisdom.. and grammar too.
I think I have missed out a lot of names.. grrr.... Gajini Mark hahaha! Someone buy me a Polaroid camera.. atleast gift me one!
Now, coming to the topic of favourites; Thank you again for mentioning my name though I havent always returned the favour in kind - mainly because I don't want to hurt anyone by selecting a few and neglecting the others. My apologies.
So does that mean I don't have my favourites? You bet I do! I look for consistency and that's the main reason why I keep following and unfollowing writers here.
And when it comes to consistency, I think I have found just one person who keeps astonishing me and making me feel envious all the time - more on that later.
There are a few of you who have written poems on me. I'm honoured and forever grateful. I feel so proud at times that I go and show mom those write ups and tell her she ought to start treating me like a king - and whenever I do that, she either makes me cook dinner or burdens me with housework, mopping or sweeping (sigh).
I know this is getting too long (no wonder no one invites me as a guest speaker anywhere.. sigh again) so let me end by saying this:
Though I don't follow you all (guilty as charged), I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support, likes and comments. Mirakee has always made me feel special and I remain grateful for the same.
Once again, Merci Beaucoup mes amis!
-Mark Lancy Sebastian