There’s a rush
that comes
in the presence
of a true talent—
a creativity that
knocks me down flat
as a squirrel in a hard storm.
I say to such
an executive,
let me share something,
then I do,
then she says,
say more,
then I do,
then she sees
the critical edge
in her power
and acts on herself,
to move the needle,
and out comes the rabbit.
It’s that simple.

–Allan Cox