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.