The Business Case for Poetry
For the more strategy minded among us, reading a poem is a sound investment:
- I go for the practical, common. Something should catch, and you can let me know if not. I take requests, thus: voice of the customer, Effective
- You get a story in a page, a thought you might put in a pocket in 10 lines — Efficient
- They are relatively short and use words you know Low Operational Risk
- It’s impossible to write gooey poems if you’re working on the financials or running a project. A brain can only stretch so far. No love poems here. Market Segmentation
- Some rhyme, some don’t: Diversity
- No one needs to know you’ve read a poem. Now, if you want to like or share one, that’s your business: Security Risk Mitigation
- In certain circles you might want to drop “I read a poem the other day.” Ah, you’re no longer just an accountant, engineer or lab tech, you have an air of mystery and suddenly become a possible dinner date — Reputation Enhancement
Have additions to the business case? Let me know, I’m sure there are many more.
It’s been a mystery to me that there is so little poetry based on our 40+ hours each week. Maybe the everyday-ness takes over and we don’t notice the guy who is always by the printer, always, or the way meetings start, then restart with a stop and backtrack when the boss is inevitably late.
The work poems cover all things corporate, i.e.working late, being fired, meetings etc. Please read about meetings. The true nature of file cabinets and binders will come.
Most of what’s here is, and will be, about all the rest we incorporate into our lives, what becomes us.
At least to start, they are sorted as:
- Show –the grown-up version of jumping up and down, with a “look, look.”
- Tell – a short story on one page. Come on, it doesn’t get more efficient than that.
- Work – the 40+ and ramifications
- Pray – be careful here. God is a slippery truth and heresy is as likely as praise.
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What do you do with a poem?
How about, read it deeply, hold on to it in your heart, mind and soul until it speaks to you, making you more than you’ve been or imagined you could be.
Maybe… but let’s move on.
Read it, give it a chance
If you like it, read it again to make sure you do. You now have a different view, notice something new, have a reason to smile. Put it in your mental back pocket. And, send it to a friend. It gives you a common way, a different way, to think about something you probably already share.
If you don’t like it, read it again to make sure you don’t. Give it another chance.
- It may not relate to anything important to you. If that’s the case, consider thinking about something new.
- It may have a strange structure or use words where they shouldn’t be (watch out for double meanings and unlikely prepositions). Set it down, give it one more try, or send it to a friend to see if they can figure it out.
- It might not make sense. It could circle a thought without getting near enough to figure out what it is. There could be mixed metaphors, references, or those double meanings and prepositions that just pull the thing in too many directions. Read it again; if it’s still not working, let it go. It’s not for you or it’s just not very good. In that case, don’t send it to a friend, send it back to me. Customer Feedback
I’ve been misleading. Much of the site is light-hearted in an effort to get you to click on in and see what’s there. While some of the poems are light-hearted, most aren’t. Life is serious business.
I put them here. You look around. Hopefully, we’ll both find meaning in the process.