Monday, July 21, 2008

It Takes All Kinds

It takes all kinds,
those of all minds,
to make the system work,
to make it really perk.

It takes those who follow the federal Piper.*
Great rats, small rats, lean rats, brawny rats,
Brown rats, black rats, gray rats, tawny rats,
Grave old plodders, gay young friskers,
Fathers, mothers, uncles, cousins,
Cocking tails and pricking whiskers,
Families, tens and dozens,
Brothers, sisters, husbands, wives,
Those who rely on the Piper for their lives.
We must all pay the Piper
For the Piper calls the tune.

But it takes all kinds,
Some have other minds.
Great innovators, small innovators, lean innovators, brawny innovators,
Innovators who move in different directions,
Innovators who take different mental elevators,
Entrepreneurs who see new and better ways of doing things,
Entrepreneurs who believe the future belongs to those who take flings,
Entrepreneurs who see forward opportunities,
Where others see only wayward communities
Innovators and entrepreneurs who are digitally prepared,
Innovators and entrepreneurs who are digitally impaired.

It takes all kinds,
To draw the lines.
Idealistic missionaries, realistic visionaries,
Bankbenchers, doctors in the trenches,
Primary care doctors of every type,
Specialists of every kind of stripe.
There is no single answer,
To the health cost cancer.
It takes all kinds,
No size fits all minds.

*Apologies to Robert Browning, 1812-1889, Pied Piper of Hamelin, 1845

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