Dogs 2010

TINY MASTERS
(3/24/10)


there
are those
who compel
our interest
and attention
by simple fact
of talent
personality
intelligence
or spirituality

there
are some
however
not possessing
any such innate
gifts of grace
so must resort
to other tactics
in order to capture
our attention

they
will outshout
all competitors
to make
their point
heard

conversation
seemingly complete
they will recall
a departed employee
or loved one
from down a hall
with a shout
just to prove
some power
of connection

in reverse
they will continue
to speak
after leaving
a room
so that the listener
is forced to follow
if they are concerned
at all
with the
conclusion

from afar
they will snipe
with texts
emails
voicemails
or post-it notes
in an attempt
to wield their will
without chance
of rebuttal

they gossip
knowing that
defamation of character
inflates their importance
and brings conspirators
into their circle
of shame

most effectively
they will perpetually
be purposely late
leaving everyone
to wait
in anticipation
of their arrival
or completion
of task promised
to be performed

they are
empowered
by our participation
but once that
is removed
they are left
alone and impotent

we must learn
to recognize
the difference
between
the truly blessed
and the truly
profane

remember
that only
the depraved
will tell you
that they
are gifted