Wednesday, February 6, 2013

dogs don't argue with the hydrant, just relieve themselves

sticker on light post

surrounded by YES men
      you go NOwhere

them
    always telling you what you want
& how good you are

they're the movement
     ever up, over
promoted beyond the point
     of competence
(on ass chapped lips)

yES, Yes, YEs
                     sir

titlating isn't it

i don't pity the blind,
they orchestrate
their own demise

building on sand,
building on sand
                 of their pride

their business a temple
the sycophants come to pray---

YEsgod

the enemy is not your competition
but the friend that will kiss your cheeks
then let you step off the curb
in front of the bus---NO

yES man,
     YEs man,
              YES

written for Poetry Jam

75 comments:

Mary said...

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Mary said...

YES, there are these YES men for sure -- the enemy who will kiss your cheeks! YES you can find them everywhere..telling you what you want and then stepping on your head. YES. Good one, Brian!!

Laurie Kolp said...

the enemy is not your competition
but the friend that will kiss your cheeks
then let you step off the curb
in front of the bus


Powerful words here, Brian. YES, I love it!

Syd said...

The brown nosers and yes people seem to move up because those above them only want affirmation of their rightness and not the real truth.

adeeyoyo said...

You have to judge and learn who are honest despite losing the popularity contest. I love the 'ass chapped lips' and the word 'sycophants' is such a lovely description.

Susan said...

Yes, Brian! Though I wonder if the meaning of "blind" could come across without indicting the blind? Listen, Brian, I'm trying hard not to be only a yes person!!!

Suz said...

the real fear is that you just might believe their "press"
as they stick the knife in...
step over your body
beware the brown nosers

Pat Hatt said...

Then after the mutt
Will go sniff a butt

Yeah all those YES people do
Is kiss tush until the bus is in view
Then comes to no
And even a little shove to flatten you at your show

Grandmother said...

Good title for this reminder to choose friends wisely.

happygirl said...

Oh this resonated with me. Loved the truth in the title. I always wonder how the sycophants do it with a straight face. :)

Mona said...

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How true that is. Backstabbing is a popular culture everywhere. People tell me that can step over someone to reach up, but how long such people will stay up there? But I've noticed that they DO stay up till kingdom come...its the honest who always suffer... :(

Slamdunk said...

Avoid the "yes-men" and "cheerleaders"--good offering Brian.

I have heard that Michael Jordan the manager struggles (certainly in contrast to the superstar player he was) because he surrounds himself with people who do what he says without challenging. It can be a difficult lesson.

farawayinthesunshine said...

... the friend that will kiss your cheeks
then let you step off the curb
in front of the bus...
With a friend like this one, who needs an enemy?

Yes always cajoles our ego...

Stephanie said...

You know what really resonates with me? "the enemy is not your competition: So so true!

Mark said...

Competition helps push us beyond our limits and become more than we thought we could. People who mindlessly agree with us, the yes men, really are the true enemies to our growth and abilities.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

There's a place for yes men, but they're not to be trusted!

Valerie said...

Three years ago I had an experience that taught me to select friends wisely.

anthonynorth said...

We should always beware the yes man. Yes?

Myrna R. said...

I guess honesty doesn't always pay off. The hypocritic yes men may achieve a false success. But, I think the integrity of honesty is its own success. I like the way you develop this poem. The end is very sharp.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I have worked with many a "yes man", and I often wonder why they don't see that they're hurting themselves in the long run.

kaykuala said...

They survive and they thrive on make belief scenarios. One gets lulled into believing. They tell what others expect to hear. And given half a chance they play you out. Truly said Brian!

Hank

Green Speck said...

Well said ... we should be careful !!!

SaraV said...

Very clever Brian--gotta watch out for the self serving kissers...great lines in this, especially that last stanza :-)

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Is it wrong if I say yes you are right?

Fireblossom said...

Sounds like an analysis of poetry blog commentary.

Mrsupole said...

Hi Brian,

You know what they say, "Keep your enemies close, but keep your friends closer." Your friends will stab you in the back faster than your enemy every will.

Do you remember that song "Smiling Faces", if so you should play it sometime. Definitely a song to live by.

God bless.

Claudia said...

ya know..it's nice when people tell you nice things...but..yeah...it doesn't help us to develop or change much...so..i guess we can be really thankful for the honest folks around us that make us gnash with our teeth sometimes cause they just don't tell what we wanna hear..ha...yesmen take us nowhere..i like..

Claudia said...

hehe..love that title as well..

Claudia said...

hehe..love that title as well..

Daniel said...

The title fits this one perfectly. I should clarify my statement from the other day. I don't dislike all poetry. In fact your version is so prose-like, I often don't even feel like I am reading poetry. That is a good thing. (smiles)

JANU said...

Have come across these types...good way of portraying them.

Chhavi Vatwani said...

Ah! The hard truth! And then bang on title lol. And I do agree with Fireblossom lol.

DJan said...

Been to that bar? I wonder about whether it's really half-assed or not. YES! :-)

Friko said...

Funny and scary at the same time. A bit like life, really.

Betsy Brock said...

So, so true.

I like MrsU's comment, too!

. said...

I sometimes say "Yes", when I don't care about something/ someone ... just to shut them up ... it's like telling a white lie ... it's white but it's a lie nonetheless ... I can live with that.

ND Mitchell said...

Great work Brian. Exposes our selfish tendency towards self-preservation.Food for thought :)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is so right on, Brian. This goes on especially in the corporate world, I suspect. And the political.....

hedgewitch said...

Way too many ass chapped lips out there, for sure.

turtlememoir said...

i guess we've learned this all our lives that yes & no quite often mean the exact opposite of what they say... why can't we be straight? i love
"surrounded by YES men
you go NOwhere"

& the bit about enemy friends near the end

Okie said...

This is very melodic and filled with lots of extraordinary imagery. I like it. :)

Frank Watson said...

Yes, Brian, I love it, yes, fabulous, yes :P

J Cosmo Newbery said...

YES. All so true.

Alice Audrey said...

Those people will indeed yes you to death.

G-Man said...

Brown Nosers, groupies, hanger ons, entourage, posse....A Rose by any other name, still kisses Ass!

Annmarie Pipa said...

I have been preaching this to my kids since they were born

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Hmmm, TRUE THAT!

Tara Miller said...

So easy to find this scenerio everywhere you look. Powerful end - I like it!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Now, this is just plain bril. You kicked serious philosophical ass here, my bro:

the enemy is not your competition
but the friend that will kiss your cheeks
then let you step off the curb
in front of the bus---NO

Wisdom, well worded, Mosk


my heart's love songs said...

LOVE this! and your title is too cool!

thanks for playing at Poetry Jam!

rosaria williams said...

"the enemy is not your competition..."

Ah, the truth is hard to read, and we're all hungry for acceptance, hungry for recognition, blind to everything else.

I've seen and heard parents weave a fantasy land for their children,downright lie to them. Who can you trust?

Victoria said...

For some, the journey to being comfortable with our own truth is a long, hard path. What counts is getting there!

Helen said...

One of the benefits of aging? No longer a need to sugar coat much. Easier to tell it like it is! (without being cruel)

Heaven said...

An interesting title ~ Smiles ~

The opening lines are so well done Brian, YESmen, going NOwhere ~ I would rather know the real score, then fall prey to my own blindness ~

Have a good evening ~

daydreamerdreams said...

Yes yes yes! Well done!

Wayne Pitchko said...

good one Bryan...well done as usual

Peggy said...

Lots of wisdom here Brian. It is so tempting to believe those yes-men sometimes I think, but look out for those buses!

Steve E said...

There was a time when I could--WOULD--have discussed this piece of yours, Brian, for many hours. Yesss, at the "Best Half-assed Bar in Chapel Hill, NC!

SO wonderful to know how great you think I am...but don't you DAMMMM kiss me on the cheeks!
HAHAHAHAHA!

SueAnn Lommler said...

So much for moral support! HA

Dave King said...

Top write. It is lucid, true and fundamental, but takes a lot of clear thinking to come up with it -- which explains why I didn't. Bravo!

mypoeticpath said...

so true brian, so true...

live and learn, again and again, when it comes to who to trust.

rallentanda said...

How could you possibly know about kiss kiss friends who let you step off the curb(with a little push) in front of the bus!My goodness you have borrowed my eyes:)

Lorraine said...

and God knows we already have oh so many of them..

Sadia Khan said...

I personally loathe them :\

Raven said...

TRUTH - well said.

Manicddaily said...

Ha! I don't actually mind an occasional yes man. In my business, they are not so common! k.

ayala said...

Great point and I know this too well :) great truth here :)

mbalmedpoet said...

Oh, I love this piece!! Well done!!

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"surrounded by YES men
you go NOwhere
them
always telling you what you want
& how good you are..."


Hi! Brian...
Somehow the"sticker on light post"
compliment your poetic words too!
[Yes men? and [women?] too!

Thanks, for sharing!
deedee :)

A said...

Love the rhythm of this and how it drives the poem along. well done.

RMP said...

a yes here and there never hurts, but no good can come from never hearing no.

Judy Roney said...

Wow, I really like this, Brian. Yes men are everywhere (and YES women). The ending is stunning. This begs to be reread and so I shall.

Sue said...

You've sure got that one right.

Especially loved the last few lines.

=)

Sheila said...

This reminds me of the frustrations with upper management. ugh!

Myrna R. said...

Aaahhh. I just wrote a long maybe even clever comment but somehow I erased it. I won't repeat it but i'll just say I enjoyed this and I hope you get a guitar.