David Floren

Hobnobbing

Happenstance begone
when earners are hell-bent
on entertaining to entertain
raise notions.

Obnoxiousness begone
when anxiousness to entertain
luminaries and politicos
looms large, abundant.

Blooms, large: abundant
blossoms, if you will,
of words and handshakes,
going through the motions.

No fuss
over obnoxiousness begone
becoming the noxious rose
is a rose is a contact?

Old networking the new
Going through the root structure
To save it all to Outlook.
Getting the picture.

Bustling and bumping
Into who’s into what
You’re into.
That’ll do.

Benevolently proffering
A business card
On good paper stock
With raised lettering.

In cahoots with the new
Cronies and rubbing elbows
With those who move
And shake.

Not letting down one’s hair.
This is the place
Where it happens
Afresh.

Going downtown
To Chinatown,
Distributing vacuum-sealed soy sauce
To some dim sum joints.


[08-20-2002 Berkeley, CA]

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 10, 2008

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