One Stanza Poem O010

This show time guy –
Has a motto
Which he lives by –
When the pressure is on –
I respond

02.23.95

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.

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Notes to this poem…

If this sounded like trash talking, well, you’ve just got to get to know me and see how this was more statement than poetry.

When it really counts, I am the i in that it, cause I make it count. The one criticism that might be levied against me in this matter is that I don’t always view certain things as being big enough to count, but that’s because I’m tolerant of a lot of things in life that others may be greedy or ambitious to want when they could really do without it. It doesn’t mean I’m not ambitious. It’s just that if I can, I tend to be humble enough to accept a lot of things. However, when I’m pushed into a corner, against a wall, or wherever that I have to provide a response, I do.

I can cite examples for school, work, life, athletics, professional, voluntary, or any other number of situations where I’ve had to come up big and I have. Nobody is perfect to be able to respond every time, of course, but I have a pretty darn good record that this poem was just something I ended up telling myself one day off the cuff. It is also the poem I have written which I have quoted most often because this has basically become a “show time” mantra for me.

The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.

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