Still catching up after last week’s road trip.
The day 19 prompt at Poetic Asides was “write an authority poem.” I recently re-watched “Broadcast News,” and one of my favorite scenes is where Holly Hunter’s boss tries to bring her down after she challenges one of his decisions (see clip below):
SMARTEST IN THE ROOM
Paul Moore: “It must be nice to always believe you know better,
to always think you’re the smartest person in the room.”
Jane Craig: “No. It’s awful.” — “Broadcast News”
How she became the self-appointed authority
on everything, she wasn’t sure. It seemed
a birthright she claimed before she could talk.
She had the fast-working brain, the knowledge
retention that made it all a breeze: answers
in her head before she summoned them,
and the confidence to trust those answers.
As her charmed intellectual life went on,
she realized her gift was a curse as well.
People resented someone who knew everything,
not that she let that stop her
from getting the information
out there. Sometimes others wanted to be right,
perhaps were right, but she had to go
with her own take on a question, a problem,
a situation. What she knew, more than anything,
was that she knew, and that
was all the authority she needed
to stand her ground.