If our work was World Cup Football
we would feel the crowds around us
be able to wither in pain when our proposal is rejected
get yellow cards for stealing someone’s lunch out of the fridge
and a red card for stealing someone’s brilliant quality improvement idea.
We would not receive a golden handshake
but someone would get the golden boot.
We could kick up a fuss and run like mad inside the field
as announcers commented on our lack of engagement
while our every move was debated
and instantly displayed on replay monitors around the world.
And we would be given a few extra minutes to work before lunch
or at the end of the day to make up for the time we wasted
pointing fingers of blame and lamenting our fate.
Of course nobody would hear us above the roar of the crowd
or the amplified hive-like buzz of the vuvuzelas.
From a distance you would notice that
most of us would just be watching
while only a few people pitched in.
Of course this is not time for poetry
I must head to the closest television to watch Maradona’s
flamboyant coaching of Argentina
while I shudder to think of him running naked in Buenos Aires.
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