I have saved more lives than Mother Teresa
but you won't find me in your book of saints.
You hardly notice I'm there
hiding behind your horn.
I would say that saving lives is my job
but it's not; it's the job
of nameless engineers using software
written by other engineers.
Saving lives, when done right,
is cold, mechanical, premeditated
and so very unexciting.
Whenever a brave Samaritan has to drag a body out
through the driver's side window of a flaming car,
it's because an engineer failed to do his job.
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The Book of WisdomsPoetry
From Solomon to corn flakes, parrotfish to push-up bras, these bite-size verses contain a bit of everything under the sun. Short, pithy and often irreverent, the Book of Wisdoms is the scripture of the everyday and the wit of the commonplace. The be...