Guru with a taco

I know exactly who said it
my buddy Randy
we go way back
our conversations… wow,
we’ve had some doozies. 
back-and-forth,
tit-for-tat,
he’s said some of the most brilliant things I’ve ever heard
and he’s brought out some brilliant things from me
(though I can’t quite recall any of that
right now at this moment)

But one thing he said
(and this has haunted me)
one thing he told me — 
and the shame of it is
he says this to me 
from a plastic swivel chair
at some ratty old Taco Bell,
not, as you might think,
from a meditation cushion
at the end of some noble path 
at the peak of some misty mountain — 
but he interrupts me
(as teenagers are prone to do)
as I was going on and on
about all these ideas 
that scraped around inside my head
like shiny leaves blowing
between a house and shed — 
he says this one thing to me
right when all the noise of planet earth
hushed in coincidental silence
and from that quiet he says to me:

“Dan, you’re looking out too many windows,”
 
and: 
 “you have to pick just one.”

I’ve been trying
to take his advice 
ever since.