Sonnet: Ambition’s Impostor


I wrote the below sonnet as a result of dealing with impostor syndrome. Right now, Gen Con is just over a week and a half away. I’m doing my best to make my living entirely in the space of geek culture (it’s working, but it’s rough!) and those impostor syndrome feelings creep in from time to time.

I hope this helps others who are going through the same issues.

Ambition’s Impostor


Ambition is the coil of my penance;

With Mary’s tears reserved for my regrets.

I grasp a shield unworthy of defense

So undeserving of this sweet duet.


Ambition is the ruler of my sea;

Poseidon’s trident drawing up a storm.

I play at casting spells of what may be

So I can manifest fine words to form.


Ambition is the gold that looks so raw;

Epona wears the strength revealed by dreams.

I fail to see the vision I once saw

So I can ascertain the will and means.


Although I feel the lightweight gold of fools

Real aurum guides my hands to truer tools.

joan of arc
joan of arc
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About Tara M. Clapper 283 Articles
Tara is a lifelong geek and the founder and publisher of The Geek Initiative. Her interests were forged in an early appreciation for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Jurassic Park," and many historical fiction and fantasy novels. Tara is a game designer, LARPer, and frequent convention attendee. The author of over 1,000 individual blogs, her content has been featured on HelloGiggles,,, and The Billfold. She holds a B.A. in English from McDaniel College and has attended many events as press (including New York Comic Con). Tara has a professional background in marketing and publishing. She lives in the Philadelphia area. A Marvel fan, her favorite superhero is undoubtedly Thor. View her portfolio at:

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