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I’m using the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green as a set of prompts. I’d never heard of them until some one posted a random law in their Tumblr feed. The plan is to post one of these Law prompted pieces a week on Thursdays.


Law 6: Court Attention at all Cost

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do I want to be noticed

or be remembered

do I want to make an impression

or be respected

not that I know what respect means


singled out

brought to the attention of all

by someone else

do I want to pull so much focus to myself

no one else gets seen

so much that rather than respect

I get resentment

for being an attention seeking whore


my apologies

to the legitimate whores here

I know that’s a derogatory term to some

but whatever pays the rent is fine by me

even it means sucking

all the attention out of the room

to yourself

with a turn of an unpopular phrase


so I guess respect isn’t on the table after all

it calls for too much restraint

too much attention

to saying the right thing

wearing the discrete things

at the right time

even if that means giving lip service

to the #politically correct of the moment

the expediency of taking the pulse

and giving the crowd

what it needs to keep it being

in my favour


their respect is more lasting

than self respect


doesn’t call enough attention to itself

it becomes a sort of humility

a ‘gosh darn it’ step aside

for those who need the attention

more than you

that’s the attention I want to steal

without doing more than being present

the less I do

for the attention I get

the happier everyone is


oh yes, I like this shirt

thanks for noticing


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