Fast no, Slow yes

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Pushing through
the day
to get to
that place
in my mind
where it all
levels out.

No need for a quick fix
or a placebo
to make it better
mentally.
My location is the reason.

Every workplace encounter is harried:
Need an answer. The sooner the better.
Bite the bullet on A, and take B.
Just like an act of G_d . . .
No time like the present?
Quit beating around the bush.

What’s the rush?

Their motto Results.
I begin to speak on their terms.
Would you rather have a fast ‘no’
or a slow ‘yes’ ?

This is difficult to fathom.
Necessitating extra memory to compute.

“Can we have a?”
“Make the choice.”

Rapid Eye Movement ensues.
Direct dreaming?
An altering of the conversation, perhaps?

I am sending out signals
of smiles,
humming
under my breath.

Can’t they understand?
Everything takes time.

No split decision
was ever made
after a long task
has been completed.

They choose
to wait.
I close
my eyes
and take a deep breath.

The phone rings.
“What about?”
“Uh uh.  I will let you know.”
The receiver clicks upon the cradle.

Waiting for approval
seems to be just as nerve-wracking
as having to make
the decision.

Copyright © 1960-2016 Lawrence J. J. Leonard  All rights reserved

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