Monday, December 20, 2010


Five men talk, you listen.

Moderation. Avoid committal, verbosity,

don’t live edgeward. Never more

done than needs to. Less is okay. Less

is moderate. Ask, suggest—demand is regressive.

Use no more than fourteen lines. Then step

back, wait. How to progress is not to.

Backslap, if necessary, smile. Half

a loaf is better than none. None is better

than dispute. Be polite. Let others know

you’re soulful. More soulful than they. One-

up them by being zero. Adversaries are aware:

negotiate only when you can walk out.

You won’t. They will. End.