This is a poem written in a layman's language by me as a layman on the very sensitive subject of plagiarism and certainly not to be assumed or taken as an erudite expression. I have tried to convey the most basic idea on the subject in the form of a poem without all the technicalities and legal aspects of what are exclusively in the domain of law makers. So much has been written on this subject by Mirakee and so often too highlighting the issue, I thought of contributing my mite to strengthen the hands of Mirakee authorities in their efforts to arrest this evil. Hence this poem.
Same thoughts and ideas may occur to two,
As much to me as it may to you,
But the one who first makes them known
Becomes the owner and gains renown.
It then becomes the first one's property;
Use in part or full becomes 'impropriety',
If the user doesn't credit it to the "originator";
He is then nothing but a shameless "imitator".
Never ever write what is not your own,
If you do so, you'll have to lifelong mourn
For the ignorance or reckless attitude
And stigmatized as one shorn of rectitude.
You to the writers' cause do great injury
By your statements of unalloyed perjury,
You in the eyes of Mirakeans fall
Who believed in your sincerity and all.
Use those that are in the public domain
And which in lexicons old and new remain,
Pleading ignorance will not redeem you,
You will be crucified in public view.
If you wouldn't wish for a reproof,
Be ready with incontrovertible proof,
Always acknowledge the source
Which is the only available recourse.