Roots: mechanistic logic.
Fruit: distrusted probability.
Branches: flat lines
on the page for the risk averse.
Germinated: in the marginals.
by red pen.
This briefing note/memo/report
is for your meeting/attention/information.
It will address all issues, review situations,
appraise by bullet point, measure up
to criteria, set targets, indicators,
conclude, and to terminate: recommend
the optimal solution/course/plan of action.
Conclusion - more investigation's due,
conclusion - further research required,
conclusion – confirmation's called for,
conclusion: Time's out, the future's set
down with the pen.
(Dear examiner: I would have done this/done that/concluded the other,
but I forgot my calculator/had a panic attack/
a cold/the train was late,
please see working paper 57e,
error – those were £'000s please adjust.
Please? Be kind?
Dear examiner, please?)
D+?, C-?-, D++?, C-?,
Conclusion; failed to deliver.
Conclusion; knockable into shape.
Conclusion: just give me, Dear Candidate,
the evidence! Exit conference suite: bottled water, stewed tea,
air conditioning, scripts, suits,
out the town,
foot to floor
in cruise gear -
sweep the hills
by harebells and tumbled walls
to lean on a gate and watch a swallow skimming buttercups.
to stain the margins in red ink.
D+, C--, D++, C-, C--, D+, D++, C--, D+, C-, D++, C--.