The value of a person. The value of a poem. The value of pressing on — no matter what.
Poetry has an odd way of working into one’s consciousness.
The way a poet, a good one, can work together words, imply rhythm, and speak a simple truth is quite amazing.
Yet not everyone can be a poet. Some lyricists have a knack for stringing words together to match the beat of a song. Sometimes those words make no sense, however. Others can find ways to make the words rhyme, but again, the overall message is lost or doesn’t make sense.
A truly good poet puts those abstract thoughts into a tangible message. Sometimes doing it with abstract words.
At first listen it may not have any impact. Some listeners will scratch their heads, “Uh, I don’t get it.”
This is usually the case when it comes to this writer.
And this writer has tried his hand at poetry, for your information. And be thankful not all of his writing will be shared with the world.
Instead, this writer will try something different.
Upon hearing Shane Koyczan’s “Instructions for a Bad Day” there was the obligatory head scratching and general misunderstanding of the message behind the words.
That is, until this writer was trapped in a waiting room for a human resources department. You see, despite the earnestness that some put into making their dream of writing for a living come true, bills can only be paid with presidential flashcards.
And so, while stuck in this room, waiting not-so-patiently to see a human resources rep so that he could hopefully land a position as a substitute teacher for one of the largest school districts in Texas, this writer wanted to quit.
If writing isn’t bringing anything in, why write?
So far writing, in his narrow view of the future, had brought him to this.
You see, a good writer doesn’t just see things for their face value. They’re able to push away their own biases and past experiences that color their vision and see things for what they can be, or in a new light.
Unfortunately, this writer still has a long way to go.
But thanks to great poets like Shane Koyczan, he’s changing about as fast as congress is.
This room, full of other people with their own problems, frustrations, obstacles, hopes, dreams, and desires, can be simply a cross section of a hidden group. A group filled with hidden value, unseen by the ones with the authority to hire.
As Mr. Koyczan puts it- “We hungry underdogs, we risers of dawn, we dismisser’s of odds, we pressers of on …”
An HR waiting room this may be. But only for today.
These people with their hidden talents, experiences, and desires, are most likely the most highly qualified for the job. Sure, they may lack a degree and a certificate.
Yet, they all have value. They all have something they can share with tomorrow’s adults that will help them in a positive way.
Tomorrow, they’ll take that hidden value and apply it. They’ll learn some more and apply it again.
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Photo: YouTube/John Goodgion – Instructions For A Bad Day