Sunday, December 11, 2005

On ... Success

Competition arrives in excess
when pride and complacency swell us.
“Nothing succeeds like success”...
but nothing makes others more jealous.

— Ender

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

On ... Seizing the $$

Carpe diem ("seize the day")
is fine advice for rogues and scholars.
Alas, the wiser business play
is carpe nummum ("seize the dollars").

— Ender

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

On ... Humility

There’s wisdom in humility.
Many a failure vainly chatters
about his great ability
when what he doesn’t know is what matters.

— Ender

This Pocket Poem is dedicated to my dear friend and musical mentor, the humble but inspiringly gifted composer, arranger, and brilliant jazz pianist, Bob Ravenscroft. If you haven't heard Bob's music, you haven't experienced lyrical nirvana. Check him out, at; better yet, go directly to Amazon (do not pass GO, do not collect $200) and pick up his CDs — you'll be amazingly glad you did.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

On ... Sunrise

Sunrise is the angels' voice
resurrecting day from night.
Every morning brings a choice:
Cast your shadow or shine a light.

— Ender

Saturday, November 19, 2005

On ... Knowing What Problem You're Trying To Solve

Wiser is he who seeks a cure
while heeding the suggestion
before he answers to make sure
he understands the question.

— Ender

Friday, November 18, 2005

On ... Productivity

Make something useful and people will use it;
success doesn’t argue with things that work.
Being creative’s a worthy endeavor;
but being productive is much more clever.

— Ender

On ... Traffic

From roads to skies to World Wide Web,
the progress of modernity
inspires a maxim for our time:
In traffic there’s eternity.
— Ender

On ... Listening

Listen well to others —
self-contentment has a cost.
Fresh perspective seldom comes
from breathing your own exhaust.

— Ender

Thursday, November 17, 2005

On ... Verbosity

Economy of speech is wise —
a salesman can’t be too verbose.
It’s hard to get the order if

the customer is comatose.

— Ender

On ... Washing Windows

Washing windows isn’t fun
— such work is often cursed.
But window-washers are the ones

who see things clearly first.

— Ender

About Wild Willy's Pocket Poems

O.K. ... so, about a hundred years ago, in the pre-CrackBerrian Era, I wrote a bunch of these little four-line epigrams that would fit nicely on the screen of the original Motorola two-way pagers that I and everyone else in the world were carrying around 24 hours a day — addictive little bastards, weren't they? Anyway, the ditties proved to be rather popular. I threatened to publish them one day in a book or something; but, of course, I haven't yet followed through on that pipe dream either (Walter Mitty was my cousin).

In the interest of preserving these for posterity, I'm posting them here. If you have any ideas for subjects, feel free to post here as well, or e-mail to me at I'll keep writing them as long as the ideas keep coming ... or until I'm dead — whichever comes first.

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