One of the poems that Franklin wrote was about Blackbeard the pirate and the other was about a recent event that happened around town. Although both of the poems made a positive stir in the area and those who read them were entertained, when Ben's father Josiah got wind of this, he was not fond of the idea of Ben being a poet. “There is no money in it!” he said (ironic that even back then parents were telling their children not to be poets for financial reasons!) So Ben turned his attention to more profitable ventures...like essays and papers on interesting subjects for the local papers of the time.
Although Franklin did not give up his love for poetry altogether. For several years later when his fortunes were more secure and he was his own boss, he would often publish poems from local poets in his well known publication “Poor Richard's Almanack.”