Hang the Information Highwayman!
When a party writes a poem and he puts it on the net,
He writes for love not money, and he takes what he can get.
He writes to bring you pleasure, that's the nature of the game.
He writes for recognition and he's sure to sign his name.
I wrote the poem in question, but this will make you laugh,
I've never met the miscreant who edited my work,
His fingernails are dirty as he types on sticky keys,
I'd like to find this filcher, so I'll offer this reward.
And if we fail to find him, I'll hit him with a curse.
If you want to see my uncut work, take heart, it's still alive
History of the poem: When I first discovered what had happened to my original poem, I did a web search and found more than 200 copies of my poem posted, most of which were the edited and unattributed version. Over the years I have written to two score webmasters pointing them to the Clocktower site and asking them to remove the offending version. Most have been gracious and cooperative with my request. One woman scolded me for my claim and said that the true author was a close friend of hers and that I should be ashamed of myself for claiming her friend's work. :-)
I gave up trying to track down all of the forged postings because it was spreading faster than I could write. At latest count there were more than a million copies posted on the web. I will just have to take comfort in all of the fans who have seen and recognized my original work and who have taken the time to write to me and express their appreciation.
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