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“The future is not coming to you.

You fetch it! Or it goes away.

Who wins and who gains from a failure

Depends on who falls and who stays.

It all has to do with perspective

What prism that you use for a scatter.

But remember: Humble or arrogant

May be a bifocal matter.” (Wahlbin, 2005)

This is a “mash-up” of some ideas on entrepreneurship scholarship using rhymes. The challenge was to compare and contrast special issue articles along national lines. The pondering of each country's imperative comes out through this “hip-hop” perspective. Please be assured when you read this that these rhymes are serious. There are important issues that scholars’ interest must pay, so do not let this format get in the way, using this poem as a start, of exploring entrepreneurship as science and art. Ideas from each country are beyond differences in methods quantitative and quality: Issues philosophical, rhetorical, historical, and current are the basis for the entrepreneurship field's ferment.