War Room Tactics: Bad Bosses

War room tactics and closed doors

how mismanagement sways

Disparagement still endures

While friendships are betrayed

war room

Confidants deceive their craft

With disciple reduced

Eyes blind as wardens harass

continuing abuse


We amble on eggshells

A few dozen at a time

Our lexes used as intel

For wicked paradigms


Like chessboards they play us

Directing every move

Their sly tactics fatuous

Not caring who approves


Our families are shattered

Established homes broken

Façades of past chapters,

reasoning unspoken


Endless days by the front gate

Our gumption at the door

Harassment starts around eight

Repose begins at four.


Derision runs right rampant,

Baleful eyes in the halls

Aware of all the damage

Through ears placed within walls


With office doors slammed shut

For hours of each day

Our endeavors undercut

When expressing dismay


Our staff crafted of sound minds,

Their goal was to destroy it

Management was so unkind

As if they’d found enjoyment—


And gratified in our pains

While they dampen progress

With such vigorous campaigns

Our relations regressed


Like tigers hunting prey

From the still grass they pounce

Ignoring our plight each day

Then like wolves they surround.


With stern arms doubled over

And wicked stares in place,

As their breathings creep closer,

They cause morale to debase


In a manner so irate

They jump to conclusions

No furnished facts to debate,

just bullies with delusions.


With condescending timbre

They’ve forgotten their roots

So quick to point the finger,

And leave you destitute.


But our fame is their success

Quick to blame us when wrong

So aggressive they oppress

we repress it, like its’s gone


But deep inside the cortex

We begin to process hate

Our views become distorted

still, bosses deprecate


When anger hits the temples

And steam comes out the ears

My soul becomes the vessel,

My devils reappear.


We play into their schemas

with anger and ire

Unstable my anima

Mired in their gale of gunfire


But cool heads when confronted

Are easier enforced

Hallway meetings now affronted

with taciturn discourse.


They undermine the discourse

And sever friendly lines

They bully with no remorse

And we laugh as they resign.





Paul Neglia

Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.
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Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.

8 thoughts on “War Room Tactics: Bad Bosses

  • February 3, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    I loved this, Paul. I have had a number of bad bosses in my working career, so I can relate very well to the words of this poem. Hopefully, karma is at work and bad bosses ultimately reap what they sow.

  • February 4, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Oh if karma was in play John, these 2 bosses would get hit by a bolt of lightning from God. No care for human beings, no morals, bullies, always jump to worst case scenario as opposed to talking. Both are the definition of a piece of s*$t…to put it kindly. Thank for reading my friend, and I’m glad you enjoyed this.

  • February 4, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Well done, Paul. This is great, well composed and fun to read. I have had more than a few bosses like that and they make the work place miserable. I am so glad to have retired from accounting after 30+ years and now doing what I really enjoy. Great work, Paul.

    • February 4, 2019 at 10:24 PM

      Indeed they do Phyllis. I have 2 in specific, 2 that I helped in the past now turned into tyrannical monsters. Both are uncaring of how many families they hurt in their mad conquest to show who has the power. It’s disgusting. I hope I last 30 years with A-Holes like those guys running things. Thank you so much for your support and kind words.

  • February 5, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Bad bosses over the years forced me to self employment , now semi retired and No regrets !
    Well done !

    • February 10, 2019 at 9:25 AM

      I wish I could be self employed. The only thing keeping me at my present employer is the benefits. I am glad you enjoyed this Ed.

  • February 9, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Being the working poet that I am; I am so grateful that you put in words an office truth that needed to be told. Thank you Paul. I hope you are well. Jamie

    • February 10, 2019 at 9:27 AM

      I work with 2 horrible bosses every day. It’s very uncomfortable and the tone of everyday with them is belligerent. It sucks. They bring everyone down. Thank you for reading Jamie.


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