So, Have You Made It? by Bogdan Dragos

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the bus seat creaked and roared

with protest

as he sat down

He ignored it

and looked out the window

It won’t be that long of a journey

but it’ll be the

most painful one

He was going home

After all the years spent chasing dreams

“So, have you made it?” they will ask

“Made it?” he’ll say. “Didn’t you see I

came here by bus? Does that

look to you like I made it? Does

that scream ‘Bestselling Author’ to you?”

But of course

they’ll just ask to be nice

or to make conversation

or simply as a means to

reaffirm their ‘I told you!’

Or maybe even to mock

It was 18:22 by the time the bus

arrived at his stop

He didn’t get out

From 09:00 to 18:22

it’s a lot of time to think

about all you haven’t thought about

in 26 years


he had more thinking to do

before getting off that bus

Thoughts are easy to grasp

but are difficult to

let go. Especially when

many of them team up

to suggest that you

just end it all already


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, what a riveting piece. I love the poems onomatopoeic beginning, it catches attention. The whole piece is just amazing. Indeed, “they’ll just ask to be nice or make a conversation” . This is the reality of life. Thumbs-up, Bogdan.

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    1. (☞゚ヮ゚)☞ Big thank you, my friend! Much appreciated 🙂

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      1. Most welcome, Bogdan my friend. 😊

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  2. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan transports the feeling of failure on a bus as a man hunkered down on a seat with his thoughts and the fear of humiliation. What does it really feel like to have one’s dreams crushed? It’s a death that takes away your hope, courage, and peace of mind. But is it really worth dying for? That’s a heavy ending that leaves one disturbed.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Thank you!
      I guess the one redemptive quality of unfulfilled dreams is that you can always write about them and make new stories.
      They’ll get more reads than the success stories for the simple fact that they’re so much easier to relate to.

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        1. Unfortunately… (◕‸◕ )


  3. Midian Poet says:

    I like your poems, Bogdan. They are fragments of stories, I always add something from my experience, I read it like everyone else with their own eyes …. and yes, that’s life, sometimes it’s cruel, sometimes it’s funny, but we have to what? Every day, fight, for every word, you know it for sure! Be healthy, brave and creative! Fight!
    Congrats to poem, really nice one!

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    1. -=≡Σ(((⊃゚∀゚)つ Thank you! Much appreciated!

      I love slice of life poetry exactly for the reasons you evoked 🙂
      If only one person, one reader can truly relate to my words, then I am happy ヽ(•‿•)ノ

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  4. floweringink says:

    I really like your work!! If you are into the book thing, I think that Potter’s Grove Press would also really like your writing!

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    1. ٩( ^ᴗ^)۶ Wow, thank you, Susan! It’s very much appreciated 🙂
      Will definitely give it a shot :))

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      1. floweringink says:

        I am so glad to hear it!!!!

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  5. jonicaggiano says:

    There are those who believe if you are not making a living or at least a fair amount of money on your work, especially your written word, you can not really say you are a “writer.” I totally disagree with that line of thinking. Poetry and stories are a gift to the reader and especially when it is well done. We work hard and get better with time with our gifts. Is money a gift, we have to have food, shelter, water and warmth so it is important. However you can not gage your success by the responsiveness of publishers. Look how many people you have access to on this venue and people who enjoy your work, so I think it is more of a gift, and it is a lovely one. Blessings to you Bogdan!! Hugs, Joni

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    1. Terveen Gill says:

      A very bright and positive perspective, Joni. Thank you.

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        You are very welcome and it is truly how I feel. Having a talented poet or writer, artist etc. recognize your gift and puts you out there so others have access is a blessing and a gift. 🤗❤️

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    2. Very wise words, Joni!
      Thank you for this ٩(๑❛ワ❛๑)و

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        You are so welcome Bogdan. It is indeed what I believe. I am grateful to read your work. Blessings to you and yours. ( I also love your little faces you make with special characters.) ❤️🤗

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  6. Another great piece Bogdan! 💖👏👏

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    1. Oh, thank you, Cindy! (ง •̀ω•́)ง✧

      Very much appreciated 🙂

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      1. You’re most welcome! 💖

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  7. universalid says:

    A beautiful bus ride thank you poet. Rather than an end it is the beginning of new pain and hurt and there is no-one to write about it…gosh people may be less inclined to read for grief!
    I think it’s better you write than write things off my friend.

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    1. Thanks! I absolutely agree (・◡・)


  8. I guess death can get one away from a family that’s already gone…!

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    1. That’s well said! ( ˘ ͜ʖ ˘)

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