Dogs 2007

EXPERTS
(1/9/07)


we
call them in
to help us out
lend some direction
share their expertise
expert-ease
expert-tease
develop a game plan
that suits our needs
to make us
more efficient
and profitable

we all
shake hands
exchange business cards
then we proceed
to tell them
what we are doing
and how we are doing it
then where
we would like to be
in both the near
and long terms

they nod
they smile
they scribble notes
they feign concentration
and mime concern
until we finish
then pull
from their briefcases
the answer
to our prayers
and to those
of all previous
companies similar
in shape
and size

they glow
as they describe
the new paradigm
the new thinking
the new way
the same
old solution
that they've pedaled
time and time
again

now
it's our turn
we shake our heads
we frown
we write furiously
we shrug our shoulders
and pass confused looks
amongst each other

had they not heard
a single word
that we said?

we express
proper admiration
for their presentation
then begin to clarify
our positions
and desires
telling them
one
more
time
exactly
what we hope
to accomplish

they nod
they smile
they scribble notes
they feign concentration
and mime concern
until we finish
then load
their briefcases
with their pat answers
to our questions
and to those
of all previous
companies similar
in shape
and size

we all
shakes hands
slap backs
grin as if
at the conclusion
of some momentous event
then they are
out the door
with the promise
of a quote
to be delivered
and a wish
of lengthy
future association

we receive
their estimate
soon thereafter
reflecting very few
of our requests
but a very large
price tag
causing us
to research
their "spec"
for our business
learning their terms
and choices
of equipment
and software

as always
in the end
we must become
the experts
not only
of our own
wants and needs
but of any
slants and angles
of the invited outsiders
in order to determine
their compatibility
and efficacy

and
as always
in the end
all that I really want
is to breathe some fresh air
feel the sun on my face
and to forget
about
all
the
bullshit