The Speed of Business

SpeedGotta think, gotta think, gotta think fast,

Deadlines are looming, product is zooming

Won’t say can’t, must stay relevant

Tasks piled high, ask myself why, great big sigh

Close my eyes and try to visualize

Again, and again, and again, and again

Speed is what I need, can’t have brain drain

Competition is at my door, questions soar

Expectations run too high, can’t let it die

Business plan kept in the garbage can

Every one waiting on the next big thing

Instant gratification is what they need

The status quo is the way to go

Give us more, more, more, what’s in store

Evolve and learn, then evolve some more

Feed their need, the culture of speed

Gotta link and type and text and skype

The solution found in evolution

Vacancies, efficiencies, and eventually

The need for speed will overcome me

Ashes, ashes, the business falls down

Bleary eyes locked in the spiral stare

Down, down, lower than the ground

The product flow is just to slow

Relevance gone in a flash along with cash

Gotta think, gotta think, gonna sink

Block them out, scream and shout

What it is that’s eluding me?

Mountain of stress, I’m a total mess

Circuits fail, workers wail, world is pale

Seconds tick, feeling sick, all too quick

Pack it up and take it home

Working Chrome like some kind of drone

Getting late, can’t concentrate

Night begins, my only sin

Tomorrow it all starts again

R J Schwartz
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “The Speed of Business

  • August 18, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    So emotive and true of modern day life; thankfully I live this opposite, immersed in quiet consideration and artistic expression. A wonderful job of defining the speed and pace of living these days. All too much to bare. A great read, relevant and poignant in its truth Ralph. Great!

  • August 19, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Wow! does this ever define the struggles and tension of running a business. Take time for Self and breathe deeply, Ralph. Great verse. It rushes right along and captures the reader in the hectic mood. Very well expressed.

  • August 20, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    You have perfectly describe the business world. Always turmoil, hard work and struggle just to make a profit. I was breathless by the end. Actually the line – mountain of stress, I’m a total mess brought a smile to me. That is exactly how I feel when I am trying to keep up with my blogging, writing on various sites and have a deadline for my content writing. Of course it’s not like running my own business but I’m always trying to catch up with one thing or another.

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