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Not A Number

12 Dec

Not A Number

You are not a number, you’re not
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Not 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10
From these you don’t derive

You are not a status sheet
That tracks your daily progress
Showing less than one hundred
Per cent which causes stress

You are not a series of
Numbers in a computer
On a card or ID badge
Or truck or car or scooter

You are not the number that
Your age happens to be
You’re not defined by passing years
But by what you decree

You are defined by what you say
And by the things you do
Every day in that moment
Shows others what is true

The ones that want to keep things clean
And simple and distant
Will label them with numbers so that
They are consistent

They do not want to deal with things
Like unsure uniqueness
So individuality
Is something they suppress

With sterile, bland numbers that don’t
Take heart into account
All the numbers in the world
Are not the same amount

As looking closer, understanding
Delving, pondering
Seeking harder for knowledge
Exploring, wandering

Numbers are a short cut to
Make things more simple, clean
And that’s why warriors find them
So lazy and obscene

The scholars and philosophers
And warriors of old
Were not concerned with data which
Influenced and controlled

They used their eyes, their ears and most
Importantly, their hearts
To make their wise decisions, not
Reports, graphs, and flow charts


Business Card

12 Aug

Business Card

“Can I get your business card?” is what
I often hear folks ask
Whenever they find out what I
Have chosen as my task

Writer, actor, editor
Director, “movie-guy”
Many different channels which
Do make all my time fly

“I may have something that I’ll need
Your help with very soon”
Not the first time that I’ve heard
Them sing that wishful tune

They use words like “Maybe” and “if”
And “possibly,” “perhaps”
Hopeful aspirations which
Bring on the “oohs” and claps

I give my card and they put it
Away for the right time
When everything falls into place
To make my cell phone chime

The thing is, my phone never rings
From someone with my card
Took a while for me to see
It’s something they discard

I wondered if maybe there was
A typo in the number
E-mail address or website
That had caused the long slumber

But nope, the data’s all correct
And as it should appear
The fate of my business card then
Becomes to me quite clear

Tossed out to the wind or at
The bottom of a bin
Ironic since it was taken
With such an anxious grin

I’ve given out hundreds of cards
And can’t recall one case
I’ve ever heard back from someone
Who followed through the chase

It’s been years since I had any
To give away, although
I still get asked quite frequently
That’s when I let them know

“My business card is now online
It’s not that hard to find
No more print expenditures
And no more trees to grind”

No website to memorize
Or number to retain
Google’s made life easier
For every cluttered brain

“Do a search for my name and
You’ll find my own website
Or look me up on Facebook and
When there feel free to write”

Don’t have room inside your head
To remember my name?
Text yourself with your cell phone
Please, show me you have game

Show me some intensity
That you do in fact care
That you know you can’t just talk
You also have to dare

To follow through, to roll up sleeves
To toil, sweat and grind
Accomplishment is not something
Just on the ground you find

Like a tossed out business card
That started out so well
Exchanged with words of how we both
Were going to excel

Waste of money, pulp and ink
I’ve come to realize
“Here’s my card” is an expression
I’ve come to despise

Because you can’t make people care
By giving them a piece
Of paper, three point five by two
And waiting for increase

In profit or in other things
Like your networking clique
It takes more than a business card
To make their interest pique

You have to make the call yourself
Or send a few e-mails
Learn from Andy in Shawshank
Persistence never fails!

So throw away your business card
Before someone else does
It’s time we all accepted that
It’s just a waste because

It’s too easy to throw away
Too easy to ignore
It doesn’t motivate us to
Do all the things we swore

Please don’t ask me for mine ‘cause
I just don’t see what good
A business card has ever done
It’s just a waste of wood