Poem: Miscellaneous

Updated on May 6, 2018

Miscellaneous

You guide me through,

At the same time, leave no clue,

Your comfort makes me fearless,

But too much courage makes me careless,

I don't know where to place you.


You stand on your own,

Somehow you attract different crowds,

Stubbornly, this is your style,

Never have to travel miles,

And go from town to town.


Your expert fickleness makes me tickled,

Your change of mind when you try to be kind,

It's you that knows how to multitask,

Your fastness leaves me breathless,

Thus, I become a nuisance.


You are my savior when I run out of time,

You are really good at disguise,

And dare to look me in the eye,

Such a liar you are,

Don't get me fired.


Understanding The Poem...

My inspiration comes from knowing the Miscellaneous category. If you're given the task of categorising items, you might find that Miscellanous category isn't always helpful.

You guide me through,

At the same time, leave no clue,

Your comfort makes me fearless,

But too much courage makes me careless,

I don't know where to place you.

Being tempted to just throw unknown items into the Miscellaneous category shows incompetence and overconfidence although the Miscellaneous category is generic.

You stand on your own,

Somehow you attract different crowds,

Stubbornly, this is your style,

Never have to travel miles,

And go from town to town.

Miscellaneous actually means "items or people gathered or considered together that are of various types or from different sources" but the category is on its own.

Your expert fickleness makes me tickled,

Your change of mind when you try to be kind,

It's you that knows how to multitask,

Your fastness leaves me breathless,

Thus, I become a nuisance.

It could happen that you thought it's alright to use the Miscellaneous category freely to hold some items but then it crossed your mind that another category is suitable. You are cheated by the flexibility of Miscellaneous.

You are my savior when I run out of time,

You are really good at disguise,

And dare to look me in the eye,

Such a liar you are,

Don't get me fired.

Miscellaneous represents lots of things but these things are actually inside the Miscellaneous category. What I mean is that the category itself is generic and does not represent one type of item which is why it is a lie or wrong to say that Miscellaneous composes of only one type.


© 2018 Li-Jen Hew

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    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 months ago

      Hi Hari...Aww, that's a lot of thinking. Thanks for enlightening me. I will have to think like that when the time comes.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 months ago from Bangalore

      Li, Nice poem.

      Sorting is sometime a hell. I do the following when sorting files in my computer,

      - needed / not needed

      -- if needed,

      --- how soon ? immediate / later

      things go from here back to the structure ever.week.

      - Hari

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 months ago

      Hahaha, you are fun to chat with! Which is why I darkened your flash with my shadow. Thank you! Have a good week! :)

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      2 months ago from Shelton

      I"m Teasing you.. you are just refreshing to chat with sometimes... stay cool and have a good week..:)

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 months ago

      You are at it again...looking down on yourself....thought you are vain? Just kidding! I meant you are possibly right! :)

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      2 months ago from Shelton

      Possible I could be wrong? LOL

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 months ago

      Yeah, possible..:D *clap* thanks!

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      2 months ago from Shelton

      I think he means a deliverance without a savior.. I could be wrong

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 months ago

      Hi Mark. Thanks!! Sorry, what do you mean by Saviour without?

    • Mark Tulin profile image

      Mark Tulin 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Like your take on the Savior without. Nice poem.

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 months ago

      Hi Jodah, interesting work! Wow your task is so hard! That means you should be more confident in handling this mess. Thank you so much! :)

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 months ago

      Hi Frank, you know me so well....I was actually inspired by work where the miscellaneous category isn't the only category. Just one of the small things but I made it more dramatic...Thanks for asking. Your comment is powerful. :)

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Li-Jen, oh how I can relate to the "miscellaneous" category from my years of office work. There was always a miscellaneous filing basket to put items that were difficult to define. Maybe later you would decide on a category to file them under. Your poem portrays that oh so well.

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 months ago

      Thank you Charmaine! :)

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 months ago

      Hi Mary. Glad that your expert fickleness paid off. Haha. Thank you for the comment! :)

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 months ago

      Hey Sean, yes that's right. I value all of your opinions. I see how your article relates. Thank you so much! :)

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      2 months ago from Shelton

      everything seems right with the poem here... so I ask is everything okay? If this is just poetry.. I love it...:)

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      Threekeys 

      2 months ago from Australia

      Quirky.

      Quizzical.

      Loved it.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      "Your expert fickleness makes me tickled". I just love this. It makes me think of how I live life, the expert ficklenees I live that pleases me many times as they are often acts of kindness. I love the depth in your poetry.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      First of all my dear friend Li-Jen, having Manatita as the first to comment and to give you the Light of his knowledge is a significant achievement! Bravo to you!

      In one of my articles I had written:

      "One of the things I disagree with is generalizations. To create groups with specific negative characteristics and to place people in them, being indifferent to the unique, beautiful elements that each one of us has. Cops, gays, blacks, gipsies, fascists, anarchists, Muslims... and the list is not over. How deceptive this is! First of all, for the one who makes this low ranking, as he states that he cannot perceive the peculiarity of his fellow man."

      This is the reason why I loved your poem.

      "...Such a liar you are..."

      I think you have written a beautiful and intelligent poem!

      Well done, my young warrior...

      Much Love!

      I wish you the best week in work, until the next...

      Sean Dragon

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 months ago

      Hi Manatita. Thank you! I understand what you mean....I might want to make the meaning less clear for personal interpretation hahaha...But yeah, maybe next time I will see if writing in a more obvious but not too obvious way suits my style. :) thanks for the feedback!

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      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

      A very interesting way of looking at things and analysing your poems also. Write in such a way so that more of it becomes obvious.

      Then analysis can be diminished. You can have a nice intro like Linda L, Bill or John does, but write in a way that makes you less ready to dissect the poem.

      A very noble effort. Amitabha.

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