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Annual General Meeting for shareholders
presentation and address by CEO and chairperson
refreshments –
hierarchical, the better performed a company
and less diverse,
the better the grub
and liquor.
The more male, pale and stale,
the better the victuals –
a sort of Big Mac index in reverse.

But before refreshments – questions
Q & A. Shareholders to board and executives
difficult questions deflected by- “ can I talk with you over refreshments,”
diversions, the best being
wheeling in trolleys loaded with food and
allowing the scent to scurry questions to a close.

Meek and mild of voice and statue
his question is to the chair
….. “ So you recommend we adopt the advice of the meeting ….”
“ Yes….
so that’s what I should do
Yes.” –
nods and smiles from the top table
disdain from the floor –
“ thank you. You’re welcome
….just one more thing
can I read something from the annual report three years ago –
page 37.
Of course.”
It is exactly the opposite of the recommendation
laughter and applause from the floor.
“ Oh,” smiles the chair. “ Sometimes things change.”



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.