Nobody I Knew Will Ever Read This
because it’s made of poetry;
because it has no proper rhymes,
because the lines don’t travel all the way
to the far side of the page.
Because the things it has to say
might be too embarrassing,
too personal. Because it is free
from numbered clauses, short on bullet points;
of pie-charts, moving averages,
distressingly bereft. Because it’s left
aligned, not justified, and not designed
to be digested down to Powerpoint slides
for senior execs who don’t have time
or much of an attention span. Corporate Man
has no respect for poetry. It’s too
right-brain, and quite unlike
the careful analytical reports I used to write.
Come to think of it, nobody I knew
ever read those either.