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Sorry I Couldn’t Come Out

29 Feb

“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” ~Vince Lombardi

Sorry I Couldn’t Come Out

Every now and then I try
To throw a social meet
An opportunity for folks
To encounter and greet

Interesting new  people
And make their circle grow
I feel it is my duty since
I’ve seen most efforts slow

I’ve seen a lot of people who
Say that they are too “busy”
To set aside an hour or two
Because they’re in a tizzy

Over all their duties that
They think take up much more
Time than they have in the day
So I engage the chore

Of throwing parties, meet-ups and
Other social events
But most are not well attended
Because one thing prevents:

“Sorry I could not come out”
Is what I always hear
Apology that I consider
Somewhat insincere

“Sorry I could not come out”
Is said by many who
Don’t respond for days or weeks
When asked “You coming too?”

“Sorry I could not come out”
Gets sent after the fact
Wouldn’t it make more sense to
Reply, respond, react

Before event is history
To take a moment and
Say that you won’t make it ‘cause
You’ve got something else planned?

Let’s be honest, we all know
That most, including us
Sometimes fluff off events ‘cause
They seem like too much fuss

We may not have something else planned
But just don’t “feel like it”
And since we don’t want feelings hurt
We’re too scared to admit

The real reason we won’t attend
The reason we aren’t there
But when apology comes after
It shows we don’t care

It doesn’t take an hour or
A day or week to write
“I will not make it but I hope
You all have fun despite”

So when you are invited by
A person who is trying
To bring people together and
Stop socialness from dying

Recognize where we are headed
Cocooning in our homes
Sitting silently before TVs
Like withered gnomes

Appreciate the effort and
The sentiment and make
An effort to engage and from
Solitude have a break

And if you cannot attend then
At least have decency
To not wait ‘till it’s obvious
To all that you weren’t free

“Sorry I could not come out”
To me is a bit late
When you can’t attend, it’s best
To not hold off and wait

No matter how “busy” you are
There’s always a minute
To say you’ll be there or you won’t
Either way, just commit


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