Wednesday, June 02, 2010

motivational speaking is a hogwash

I speak out from the podium
my nimble fingers turning
pages after pages
after a short while
I stop listening to myself
meaningless words pour out

yet I don't let myself budge
and go on and on.


is it what I wanted
to do in my life,
trying to motivate others

expounding a theory
I can't comprehend
which I myself don't believe

"is it brainwashing or hogwash?"

30 comments:

ThomG said...

Sounds like every political speech I've heard for the past 10 years. Good stuff.

Deepak said...

hmmm... good one.

Bill said...

Funny how quickly your "motivational speaking" gets misread as "political speeches," a completely different animal.

anthonynorth said...

No more spin, I say.
Nicely done.

short poems said...

Wrapped up so nicely, enjoyed it :)

Sandra (if) said...

interesting...thoughtful...!

Sioux said...

Definitely hogwash...heard too many of the years. This poem is very well thought out and speaks to me!

Angel said...

Would be awful to quit believing in your own words.

b said...

Been there...done that! Who knows???? Loved it1

b

http://itcrossedmymindblog.blogspot.com

Stan Ski said...

It's both - we've all been brainwashed by hogwash to some extent.

Greyscale Territory said...

Brainwashing or hogwash is often a question we would like to ask our politicians or even our economic theorists or even any leaders appearing to be in command of it all for that matter...
Great piece of writing!

Andy Sewina said...

some people come up smelling of roses...

Sorry I've not been around recently.

<3

Lorraine said...

Love this G., you can fool everybody, but not yourself, not for long

nothinghypothetical.com said...

Bravo!

Zouxzoux said...

Maybe it's just burnout. Nice post.

Bernard S. Jansen said...

It's a tragedy to not believe what you are saying.

Ramesh Sood said...

With so much learning..success at odd hours..and the craving for getting understood with the hope of people following..perhaps creates Motivational Speaker out of one.. how to define the end result is individual's freedom.. perhaps someone is getting motivated, changing without your knowledge.. possible...isn't it?

Lilibeth said...

Politics or commercialism, it's all the same. I like the way you enter the mind of the speaker and show us her real thoughts about the product she's selling.

Jay Thurston said...

Nice use of the words, well told, I especially enjoyed...

expounding a theory
I can't comprehend
which I myself don't believe

flaubert said...

excellent post!
Pamela

Mary said...

You asked a good question. I wonder what the majority of motivational speakers and also politicians think about their abundant words.

http://inthecornerofmyeye.blogspot.com/2010/06/tauranga-jet-boat-ride.html

Carlos said...

"I stop listening to myself"

I've had to give presentations against my wishes, and had this thought :-)

Diane T said...

You know, your poem definitely has me thinking. Thought provoking and honest!

http://troublebeingstrong.blogspot.com/2010/06/pedaling-through-provence.html

Tumblewords: said...

Words are so strange - each one carries multi-meaning and nuance. I like this!

sage said...

sounds like my life :)

Cynthia Short said...

Very interesting ideas here, the thought that our own beliefs can change, and what was once important to us can now be just so much drivel...I enjoyed where you took this!

Jane Doe said...

Another wonderful piece, guatami. It's hard to convince others of something in which we don't believe.

Deb said...

True, true, true!

one more believer said...

yeah!!!... it is that fine line between here and there that teases umbilicus

Just someone said...

That was real nice:)

I must say I missed reading your pieces... :) was so caught up with an exam etc.. etc..

Glad to catch your work!