Silence Pays Well

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

The typical company line of convenient answers

when Superior preferred not to bother

with solutions for outstanding business continuity matters

from Liz, a few floors below

Well,

they spiraled to that bridge

Broken employee morale, business audit fails

five alarm fires, daily hell

“Now that we’re here, how will we cross?”

Liz asked Superior

She looked at Liz, lost

You figure it out,” Superior barked

You didn’t properly forecast. This is your fault!”

So,

Liz figured it out

She pushed superior off that bridge

Now she couldn’t listen

to her unhelpful bullshit

And not a soul spoke

since the work was finally done

and the money came in

Hefty settlements for silence

Conveniently forgetful

smiling faces…

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Pooja G says:

    Loved this poem! Majority of the time superiors get paid for work those below them did and a lot of them don’t seem to care much about their employees. In fact, a lot of people work better without them- although maybe pushing them off a bridge maybe too permanent of a solution to issues with superiors.

    1. Kirsten says:

      Thank you! I agree, murder is never a solution. There are those who sadly will go to extreme lengths to succeed in life, sometimes at the cost of others, and it trickles down to the people who are rewarded to keep quiet, and oftentimes do, while maintaining a facade that everything is okay (smiling faces, etc), either due to fear, retaliation, the money is too good…etc.

      1. Pooja G says:

        Yup you are so right. Murder is definitely extreme but it worked well with the poem since it shows the severity of the issue.

  2. Knukkls says:

    I think so many people can relate to this! There’s too much oversight and too little accountability in corporate America these days and the issues are rewarded and recycled, even throughout any related attrition. Love you bring this to light! Well done

    1. Kirsten says:

      For real! 🤯 Thank you for reading!

      1. Knukkls says:

        No, thank you. You write amazing fiction but your poetry brings such incredible meaning to life. I’m buying anything you ever sell, you’ve gained a true supporter.

      2. Kirsten says:

        eeeee! 🥰😍 thank you so much.

  3. I don’t know should I laugh at this or feel sorry!!
    This is surely an interesting read. I love your work a lot. You always provide something refreshing and entertaining !
    Best wishes to you Kirsten

    1. Kirsten says:

      Lol, it’s a crazy world we live in. Best wishes to you too Devang! Thank you 🙂

      1. From where you get these ideas?
        I love it, how they are so different from your previous work.

      2. Kirsten says:

        From the workplace, sadly… I used to work for Hell. Corruption, greed, lies, doublespeak, death.

        One day I’ll write about it in greater detail. Perhaps a memoir in my later days.

      3. I’m sorry for your past experience.
        I hope you are at a good place now. 😊
        Best wishes.
        And yes, I’ll be waiting to read that. 😀

      4. Kirsten says:

        Thank you Devang! I am 🙏🏽😊🌻

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