Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Skeletons To Bones

The majority of thieves in the world
don’t wear ski masks, carry weapons
of gunpowder and slice destruction,
performing their drama in front of
rewind and freeze frame security cameras.

They wear ties, pressed suits, heels
that announce the authority of their presence.
Weapons of choice are cell phones, board rooms,
lap tops, and employees that left click
the death sentences of whomever they choose.

I don't mean to imply that all business people
are high dollar crooks addicted to blood. But,
we all know those that snort greed and ambition
up their brown stained nostrils, multi-tasking
from prey to promotion, skeletons to bones.

23 comments:

Pris said...

So true. Good one, Pat.

Kai C. said...

:-]

Joyce said...

Wow, well said!

trinitystar said...

Sharp Sharks I would call them legal thieves. They know the loop holes. Well said!

floots said...

the world of work
beautifully summed up
(glad i'm out of it)

gautami tripathy said...

I agree with you. White collared crookes.

jel said...

you said a mouthfull there!

polona said...

sad but true! well done, pat!

sage said...

Interesting--you're getting political here--do you know the poetry of John Beecher (To Live or Die in Dixie, Report to the Stockholders, etc)?

firebird said...

You better believe it!!

Well said...

sage said...

a poem made into a commentary...very unique!

sage

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

Hey, I wear ties and suits, too! :)

Don Iannone said...

Gee, I can relate. See my poem today. It has a connection to yours. Good one.

dsnake1 said...

not much different from those that wield the guns. hmm, maybe much worse.

tongue in cheek said...

Oh they come in many outfits don't they...some even come nude robbing our hearts.

MB said...

Heels they certainly can be!

Borut said...

A powerful reminder of the timeless question of Evil! I hear William Blake's words on the eternal types represented by the characters of pilgrims in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, half of whom belong to the Devil's party: like the Pardoner - 'the Age's Knave'; the Summoner - 'a Devil of the first magnitude, grand, terrific, rich and honoured', - all 'full-solemn men'… 'suffered by Providence for wise ends'…

ann said...

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn:

"You can have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power."

Cathy said...

Now THAT is for sure...

Amalendu said...

Lovely poem... being a teacher in Management School I prefered to share this with my friends...

Masago said...

True, in many cases I'd imagine.

Pat Paulk said...

Pris, unfortunately it is. Thanks!!

Thanks Kai!!

Thanks Joyce!!

Sharp sharks, I like that. Thank you Trinitystar!!

Floots, you're a lucky man!!

Gautami, we all know them don't we.

Janice, a gut full too!!

Thanks Polona!!

Sage, I don't, but I'll look him up. Thanks!!

Thanks firebird!!

Sage, I guess more of a rant. Thanks!!


Andrew, don't think it's the tie and suit. But, I think you know that.

Don, just read it. So very true. It can definitely be a form of slavery.

Dsnake, personally, I think much worse.

Corey, now that's a weapon I hadn't thought of. My mind wanders off with the prospects.

MB, yes they can.

Borut, they choke on their own self-righteousness and don't even know it.

Ann, thanks for sharing that. I shared that with a few friends yesterday. So very true.

Cathy, it absolutely is!!

Amalendu, I'm honored.

Unfortunately Vaughn, I don't have to imagine this one.

steve said...

well put