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Staple “Easy Button” In The Off Position
by Leland Waldrip
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
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The office supply chain Staples is running a TV add (slightly humorous) promoting an "easy button."

Saw a funny TV ad the other day,       
Difficulties, with dread contemplated.
Stumped, “Easy Button” came into play,
With magic solution to work they hated.

Yes, humans will take the easy path,
Want riches without working for same,
Buy lottery, eschewing logic of math,
Cheat for points regardless of game.

Rules are set by nature and society —
Followed, work for the entire whole.
But there’s an easy button for piety,
And escaping death is another’s role.

Yes, silly as it sounds to say aloud,
There’s a button to heaven conjure,
One to transport souls to a cloud,
To eternally soak in pleasure du jour.

Occurs to me, as easy buttons conquer,
Reality won’t so nicely deliver a plum,
‘Spite of fervent wishes au contraire,
Life’s sweet spot is adversity overcome.

And when bell of death for us does peal,
Will an easy button reality improve?
Can a button make life’s end less real,
Can spirit sans body, truly move?

There’s no proof it’s ever been done,
Minus imagination’s clever windings.
Hark! Life’s grand prize is easiest won
By value added to human findings,
That enables our people, race to run,
In a universe with physical bindings.

© 2005 R. Leland Waldrip



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Reviewed by Aberjhani 2/14/2005
As profoundly witty as it is delightfully true. A great and timely poem with insights well worth contemplating.
Reviewed by jude forese 2/6/2005
a very nice touch of humor and insightful poetic appraisal ..
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 2/5/2005
Going out in a few to play some lottos L. I figure I deserve a break somehow, been working ever since i was 10. Anyway great perspective piece here. G
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/5/2005
There is much wisdom and thus great advice expressed in your poem, Leland. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/5/2005

"Staple “Easy Button” In The Off Position" sings life and minds, and convey a wise message through its wise lines.

Thank You for sharing, "Staple “Easy Button” In The Off Position".

May Your life be long and Your health outstanding.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 2/4/2005
As I scratch the numbers on this lottery card, load my dishwasher, nuke my lunch in the microwave (mindful to say Grace, just in case!), call in a donation so OTHERS can help those in need, I marvel at our unanimous and well-deserved HURRAHS for your poetic, irrefutable truths, dear Leland.

I love your mind. Even more, I love your 'voice' here, allowing an inch for human frailty... sigh (we demand more, deserve far less). We thinking humans are so good at jumping in entirely, then jumping out and movin' on. Not me! I'm going to let this one linger. Oh, and I never tire of telling you how I adore your rhythm and rhyme. (smile) Absolutely katy! xox
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 2/4/2005
hahahaha you know i didn't think of that but you are soooo right
we want things easy and now and fast
there are no lesson to be learned
excellent thoughts
take care
Reviewed by C. J. Stevens 2/3/2005
This is philosophically humorous - and humorously philosophical - and altogether a pure delight and an impressive flight. And what playful and imaginative rhymes!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/3/2005
meaningfil and insightful read Leland!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/2/2005
LOL insightful write.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/2/2005

I've seen that commercial...o, if it were that easy LOL

Enjoyed your thought provoking, yet humorous write--

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/2/2005
Yes you do have to think about this one.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 2/2/2005

Very insightful and 'sharply' written piece my friend ... definitely
food for one's "gray cells!" ... exceptional!!

Best regards,

Reviewed by Dave Harm 2/2/2005
If life was easy, I personally believe, it would be quite boring...
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/2/2005
Hello stranger.

Yupprs the path of least resistance, so many of us live.

But friction is what builds a man..
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 2/2/2005
Hi Leland, I concur with La Belle and you, overcoming adversity is truly life's sweet spot. Easy buttons, we have already in the pills swallowed for every solution, and the new psychological names they foster prior to prescription. Excellent foresight as always. Your friend Mikii.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 2/2/2005
Life’s sweet spot is adversity overcome.

Indeed it is Leland, a wise and thought provoking write. Enjoyed.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/2/2005
Leland your poetry is always meaningful, fun,full of goodies,and I just love it! We don't get enough of it!Good to see you! This is a fantastic poem!Thanks for sharing;-)!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 2/2/2005
Yep. Neat little advertising gimmick. The thing is, we have become so conditioned at "instant" everything, probably two-thirds of those that see it really believe in the possibility that they will invent one of those darn things someday. Well, they have, kinda, it is called the federal government.
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