by the enormity of the tasks at hand,
a bureaucrat will keep at a job meticulously
without showing signs of fatigue or boredom,
indifferent, and with the determination
of someone looking to level a mountain
using nothing but an index finger
to pull down one inch of dirt at a time.
To make the mission succeed,
other bureaucrats join in, just in time.
I have come to appreciate
the slow motion of the bureaucratic train.
Even if it derails, it can still get back on track.
There is wisdom in being slow:
ask the turtle how its shell grew tougher
with each slow step it took.
The thickness afforded her
much desired protection.