Years ago, when I was a new mother with  a mild case of post partum blues and a great dose of homesickness, I wrote this poem –


Memories flowed

like a swollen stream

drowning the mind

with long forgotten pains

refreshing the soul

with joys back again.

Music once unheard

echoes clear

in the heart once burned with cares.

Thoughts gather and are lost,

they are distilled in a moment’s pause.

Convinced that  I wrote the magnum opus of my life and that the world would be a much better place if it read  my poem, I entered it in a so-called poetry competition hosted by  Boy! Was I glad when my poem was chosen a finalist.   I was so glad, and even  proud, in fact,     that I did not blink  when they told me that I had to cough up $50.00 to have that poem published in a book, Timeless Voices, when $50.00 was a fortune for a  struggling couple like us.  And more if I wanted to have my profile on the book.

After I sent in the money, I worried that  the whole thing was a ruse.  There were publication delays and I did not get the book on time.    But I got it  alright.  My work was on the first page.  How wonderful that was!  Weeks and months later, I got other invitations for my poem to be published by  London-based Noble House, or something.  I also received  invitations to join a  poetry conference in Las Vegas where Ruben Studdard would be the guest entertainer.  Woohoo!   I had to decline each invitation.  Sigh. I had no  money.

A couple of years later, I visited the site again.   It was down,  closed by the Better Business Bureau for running a scam.  My husband did warn me though.  “Don’t rain on my parade,” was my reply.

Shh….Let it not be said I placed my  confidence on the con man.


I have long wanted to write about this experience but somehow, it always got shelved for one reason or another.  The other day, I learned that April is  National Poetry Month and I was motivated to write about my Poetry scam experience again.  Now, I thought that I would not be able to join Trifecta this week because the  new prompt  is rather difficult.  Then I realized that the theme of my anecdote jives perfectly with this week’s prompt – ‘Confidence’ , i.e.,  3 a: a relation of trust or intimacy
b : reliance on another’s discretion c : support especially in a legislative body.

I hope the Trifecta gang will not mind me linking a non-fiction.  If this does not meet their criteria, I will not mind this being deleted from the links, or me being summoned into the ‘office’.  😀   Just a thought.  If this lack of inspiration continues, I might just have a biography from all the prompts. 🙂

Thank you all for dropping by. Your comments are much appreciated.  Please head over to

Trifecta: Week Twenty-Four

for some great writing.



20 thoughts on “MAGNUM OPUS

  1. Yes unfortunately they took advantage of a lot of people.
    For what its worth, I think it was a great one! You kept the theme going and the contrast (burning) was well placed. 🙂

  2. You might be interested in this website, which might be useful to others as well, that exposes and warns writers against all sorts of writing scams, and disreputable publishers and agents too. Here it is for anyone who might be interested:

    As well as this other website here:

    I hope these resources will be helpful to you and to others in avoiding scams.

    I just wanted to share them here because I thought of them immediately after I read this story. I hope you never go through such an experience ever again, and that this serves as a warning to all writers out there.

    1. Thank you for dropping by and for these links, Scriptor. They are very handy. I am glad I only parted with $50.00 and had not much more to spare then. :-))

  3. This was a great story on a lesson learned the hard way (aren’t they all really learned that way?)! I am sorry that it happened to you, though! I don’t think Trifecta limits writing to fiction — there have been many pieces of nonfiction linked! Nice response to the challenge, Imelda!

    1. Thank you for dropping by and the kind words, Sandra. As I told Scriptor, I was glad to part with only $50.00. I knew of others who parted with their life savings – not through though. 😛

  4. It’s so easy to get sucked into a scam like that, so don’t feel bad. I just read another nonfiction story earlier tonight, so I think you’ll escape a visit to the Trifecta offices this week 🙂

    1. Thanks for visiting and the nice words. And welcome. If people escape some folly because they see its result through me, then my folly was not for naught. 😉 🙂

  5. I thought this was really well written! I think its great when people can gently poke fun at themselves. So I liked how you said you thought the world would be a better place if people read your poem. ;). That was cute. And what the heck, 50 bucks and you ended up with a good story. Right?

    1. Thank you for this comment. Yeah, $50.00 and I have a book to show for my effort and pretend that I was published, right? Not too bad. :-))

      Once again, I am sorry for the lateness of this reply. WP filed your comment in the spam category. And I don’t know why.

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