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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
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

instead of willing

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

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


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

    such a fine way to say this.

    love to you, r

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