Sympathists

the process has a point of view

In Organizations, Poems, Sociology on November 12, 2009 at 9:44 pm

M. Standfast, Kyoto

the process has a point of view
the process has a plan
it consecrates opinion
of the group or of the man

the process can be tampered with
but one must take great pains
to regard the ghouls that process fronts for
ghouls weighted down with chains

each time we wantonly with process toy
one chain process doth loose
if the ghouls become untethered
we have ourselves cooked goose

blood rites, human sacrifice, motions carried
parliamentary procedures of every kind
serve well to prettify men’s base designs
but their rigidity may insult the mind

so by all means make your end run around
the process, subvert the stated order, bring fresh
thinking but beware the ghouls of process
which will claim their pound of flesh

or better yet submit to process and to “the rules”
establish your credentials and sanctify intent
until you see that form is but an empty suit
and process, when respected, can be bent

Image Credit: http://www.basement.org/2005/12/weird_naked_white_collar_guys.html#trackbacks

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  1. and process, when respected, can be bent

    i like that line, gives a moral to the poem. With no postmodern irony intended, Goethe said something similar: Master the rules, then break them.

  2. Not at all–well sort of but in a good way. But actually, I think this little ditty is well aligned with the major themes of the blog in the first part of the year.

  3. Have we had a hard time recently mate?

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