shoestrings – a poem

Shoestrings (ignorance is bliss)

We cannot think first and act afterwards. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action.
Alfred North Whitehead

For some the days ache
As each passes
Until they find the things
They think they need
What they don’t realize
Is that the ache?
Does not cease
It’s swallowed
By circumstance.
What we swallow
Does pass in time
But not before it warps us
Wrinkling our perception,
In unexpected ways
Circumstance is
The sole reason for living
It is not what we think it should be
It is what serendipity stumbles upon
It is a laboring drunken giant,
Over loose soil, continuing forward
While we without thought
Repeatedly attempt to trip
This giant with our shoestrings
This exercise victimizes our wants,
Unwillingly shoving us
As it would the soil
Into an unexpected
Abstract world of possibilities
When all we can see
On the surface
Are the initial actions?
And their given reactions
The apparent successes of bravado
Shaking the foundations
In random ways
As each footstep
Imprints on another
Bringing maybes to life
This near futile tedious,
Depressing process
Ache those that admire
The giant’s bravado
Leading them toward an epiphany
And attempts to create fate
Because they realize
Why they are they hold
Their shoestrings in hand

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words to live by: bill parcells’ quarterback commandments

1. Ignore other opinions – Press or TV, agents or advisors, family or wives, friends or relatives, fans or hangers on – ignore them on matters of football, they don’t know what’s happening here.
2. Clowns can’t run a huddle – don’t forget to have fun but don’t be the class clown. Clowns and leaders don’t mix. Clowns can’t run a huddle.
3. Fat QBs can’t avoid the rush – A quarterback throws with his legs more than his arm. Squat and run.
4. Know your job cold – this is not a game without errors. Keep yours to a minimum. Study.
5. Know your own players – Who’s fast? Who can catch? Who needs encouragement? Be precise. Know your opponent.
6. Be the same guy every day – in condition. Preparing to lead. Studying your plan. A coach can’t prepare you for every eventuality. Prepare yourself and remember, impulse decisions usually equal mistakes.
7. Throwing the ball away is a good play – sacks, interceptions and fumbles are bad plays. Protect against those.
8. Learn to manage the game – personnel, play call, motions, ball handling, proper reads, accurate throws, play fakes. Clock. Clock. Clock. Don’t you ever lose track of the clock.
9. Get your team in the end zone – passing stats and TD passes are not how you’re going to be judged. Your job is to get your team in the end zone and that is how you will be judged.
10. Don’t panic – when all around you is in chaos, you must be the hand that steers the ship. If you have a panic button so will everyone else. Our ship can’t have a panic button.
11. Don’t be a celebrity QB – we don’t need any of those. We need battlefield commanders that are willing to fight it out, every day, every week and every season and lead their team to win after win after win.