Tribute Poem to the NSA 2010 theme “Imagine”


Imagine a world where speakers were no longer needed

Where corporate revenues were all exceeded

Negative thought processes all defeated

A world where our clients all lived in the black

All children reading on grade level, no child left back

All starfish having a difference made in their lives

Humorists making us all laugh just for fun and not for our own salvation


Imagine a world where the words you uttered

Led to

1 less hate crime

2 fewer sexist sentiments sputtered

3 fewer racist remarks

4 fewer anti-Semites

5 fewer forgotten infants because of our insight


Imagine a world where Lenora’s lectures attained the appreciation for diversity we so crave

Where Patricia Fripp’s elegance was the law of the day

Where Brendon Burchard showed us all how to have meaning in our lives

And our spouses supported all we do like van Hooser’s wife


Well I submit to you that the day will come when what we imagine will be a reality

Because we speakers walk this planet

With the spirit of Robert, Cavett

Living to serve humanity in the humblest of ways

We move forward for we believe we can birth a better day

So we’ve charged ourselves with bringing hope to the world

Speaking words that’ll make a president out of that fearful fifth grade girl

Creating presentations that show corporations

To incorporate the environment in their work like Tim Sanders

We grow forward showing the world the glass is half full

Because Charlie tremendously reminded us that it doesn’t work unless you work it

So we work harder everyday to make our imagination a reality

Until our cup runeth over to all of humanity

We must always go forward with that Ziglar “Gosh” attitude

That Les Brown latitude that Jana Stanfield gratitude

For we are the fearless

And when it comes to the size of our hope we are peerless

So speakers of the world let’s indeed come together

And continue to show the world that if we believe it

The whole planet will see it

Deep down in your gut I know that you feel it

You feel that if we think it, we will

If we just…imagine

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