In an email to a friend yesterday, I wrote a line that I should probably copyright and put on a tee shirt and make a mint with.
But, the truth is, I've had lines of mine from copyrighted poems appear in other people’s poems and songs and books and plays and movies etc. for decades. And almost never made a dime or was even acknowledged.
I don’t mean that to sound self-aggrandizing, and it isn’t, because I’m not the only one to have that happen to them.
I also know someone will inevitably write or tell me that they’ve heard this line before. But I haven’t.
So for what it’s worth, and to put it on the record, what I emailed my friend yesterday was:
It’s God’s world, we just live in it.