A Poetic Interlude

How, Why, or When

The words come to me now and then. I never know how, why, or when.

But they come to me in any case. And words I do my best to not waste.

Words speak for us and tell who we are. So use each wisely—keep them close not far.

Each word is like paint on a brush, so take care. The words you use are the you, you share.

So, I seek them out and try hard to use them well. Sometimes, my use is such that I struggle like hell.

Some fit and some don’t, I need to know what is right. Makes me feel creative and bright.


Things happen, and then they don’t. Things happen and then they won’t.

But that’s life and the way things go. We think we can, but we cannot know.

We know the past, if in the present, maybe it. But for tomorrow, the light is not lit.

And that is our human issue. To know tomorrow is as fragile as tissue.

If this is true, live in the now. It is the gift of wisdom to know how.

Being present is the answer to how we must  be. Feet on the ground and not up a tree.

Head, body, the present all one piece.

And since you are present, confusion will cease.

Why Poetry?

It cuts to the core using words often that rhyme. I enjoy finding words that belong to me if l claim them as mine.

I use them because they fit what I need.  They are words that I feel and words that you read.

They tell you what I think and often what I feel. Word, not frill, but words that are real.

I mean they help shape what I mean. So important that words be clear and clean.

They need to fit in the picture I paint. Not random or what I aint.

It is me who speaks and writes these words. Not meant in general or only for nerds.

But for you and me, these are the words heard.


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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