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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

When is a Loss a Win?

How many times has someone asked you to write them a job recommendation, and you do? Sometimes they get the job, and sometimes not. Here's a poem responding to one just-about-to-graduate friend, after not...


When is a Loss a Win?

-for Dr. S. Lynn

Part of me
was almost sad
to help you net that job
you’d had

Admin done well
without doubt

But I wanted to say
Make a play A big catch
with that postdoc basket
of East Afric skill sets

Why not angle the reel
for more?

Maybe seconds’s a better
success
regardless of what you
wanted most

or thought
went first
 
Old Man Crow taught me
on the rez
You cast intent out in the world
& then just fish with the flow

Watching
instead of willing

Or like my wobbly
red monk hobo balladeer
tracker guru Utah Phillips
sez

Every so often
you have to wake up
& jump

off a cliff
 

Capt. Barefoot Broadside                                          Union of Street Poets
Vincent St. John Local / Colorado Plateau / Aztlán
 Kuksu Brigade (Ret.) / San Francisco
50011

3 comments:

  1. artful! such a fun blog--watching, instead of willing.

    such a fine way to say this.

    love to you, r

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  2. Thank you! Love the "wathcing, instead of willing"! Deep in thought now. Needed that!

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