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The Speed of Business - A Poem

Updated on March 4, 2016
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Poetry is the food of the soul. It's my greatest contribution to the world and an area I can always grow.

Gotta think, gotta think, gotta think fast,

Deadlines are looming, product is zooming

Won’t say can’t, must stay relevant

Tasks piled high, ask myself why, great sigh

Close my eyes and visualize

Again, and again, and again

Speed is what I need, can’t have brain drain

Competition is at my door, questions soar

Expectations run too high, can’t let it die

Business plan kept in the garbage can

Every one waiting on the next big thing

Instant gratification is what they need

The status quo is the way to go

Give us more, more, more, what’s in store

Evolve and learn, then evolve some more

Feed their need, the culture of speed

Gotta link and type and text and skype

The solution found in evolution

Vacancies, efficiencies, and eventually

The need for speed will overcome me

Ashes, ashes, the business falls down

Bleary eyes locked in the spiral stare

Down, down, lower than the ground

The product flow is just to slow

Relevance gone in a flash along with cash

Gotta think, gotta think, gonna sink

Block them out, scream and shout

What it is that’s eluding me?

Mountain of stress, I’m a total mess

Circuits fail, workers wail, world is pale

Seconds tick, feeling sick, all too quick

Pack it up and take it home

Working Chrome like some kind of drone

Getting late, can’t concentrate

Night begins, my only sin

Tomorrow it all starts again


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    Ralph Schwartz 24 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks Gypsy - much appreciated

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    If only the speed of business could be done so poetically. Cleverly penned.

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    Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Sorry Jodah -take s breather / thanks for sharing

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    John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Wow! RJ this got me stressed out just reading it. So fast paced I was exhausted by the time I finished reading it :) Well done.

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    Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks Frank - it was fun to write

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    Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

    RJ this was actually very clever my friend.. yeah I liked it

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    Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Wow, this immediate feedback is great and amazes me. I've never had a poem get this kind of reaction. I do thank you all for reading and commenting on it.

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    manatita44 2 years ago from london

    You shed light on a current and endemic problem. Fascinating read.

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    WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Well done! I like it.

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    annasmom 2 years ago

    I wrote a poem some time ago titled "Exhaustion" that kind of mirrors this sentiment. We often lose track of what is important in pursuit of the almighty dollar, and work/life balance ceases to exist. Good write RJ!