Contact Us      
         Join today or login
You are using an outdated version. Writing will not be shown properly in many cases. Click here to use the current version.


New Here?
Sign Up
Fast! Three Questions.

Already a member?


100 Word Flash Fiction
Deadline: Today!

Non-Fiction Writing Contest
Deadline: In 2 Days

5 Line Poem
Deadline: In 4 Days

Rhyming Poetry Contest
Deadline: Mar 10th

Flash Fiction
Deadline: Mar 12th


Poet: None
Author: None
Novel: None
Votes: None

    The Life He Almost Lived Contest Winner 
 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: September 3, 2019      Views: 192

Print It
Save to Bookcase
View Reviews
Rate This
Make Reader Pick
Promote This



I wrote a human interest column for three newspapers and front page feature stories for a monthly publication in Metro Atlanta for nearly 20 years. I currently free lance for a local magazine. I conducted workshops in schools and correctional facilit - more...

She is an accomplished poet and is currently at the #48 spot on this years rankings.

She is also an active reviewer and is holding the #46 spot on the top ranked reviewer list.

Portfolio | Become A Fan
Not yet exceptional. When the exceptional rating is reached this is highlighted
A true story about my Uncle Cokey
"Foul Play" by Susan Larson

A baseball story, true this is
In sandlot ball he was a whiz
And such a part of local lore
The Pirates came knocking at his door.
Come play for us, they begged this boy
But his parents robbed him of this joy.
At age sixteen he was too young
So on their signing his fate was hung
The coal mine is the place to work
A steady paycheck! What a perk.
By the time he was twenty-one
He had a wife and newborn son.
So, in the coal mine he did stay.
And listened to the Pirates play.
A steady paycheck, that he got
But not for the job he really sought.

Writing Prompt
Many people talk about what they wanted to do with their lives... what they should have done, the lives they almost lived. Write a poem that captures this.
The Life He Almost Lived
Contest Winner


Author Notes
This is a true story about my Uncle Cokey that I wrote in his memory. This happened in the 1920s and his parents were peasants from Eastern Europe. I knew another young man, when upon telling his mother what he wanted to do with his life heard her say, "A Pip? You wanna' be a Pip? No, you stick with the job you got. I don't care what Gladys Knight says. No son of mine is going to be a Pip!
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

Share or Bookmark
Print It Save to Bookcase View Reviews Make Reader Pick Promote This
© Copyright 2016. Susan Larson All rights reserved.
Susan Larson has granted, its affiliates and its syndicates non-exclusive rights to display this work.

You need to login or register to write reviews.

It's quick! We only ask four questions to new members.

Interested in posting your own writing online? Click here to find out more.

Write a story or poem and submit your work to receive reviews on your writing. Publish short stories on our book writing site and enter the monthly contests. Guaranteed reviews for everything you write and you will be ranked. Information.

  Contact Us

© 2016, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms under which this service is provided to you. Privacy Statement