If Only – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

RDP Monday – Duende


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“…. if we could move away from a culture of compliance based on ‘perverse incentives’ and ‘too much focus on achieving targets.'” E. Munro


If Only

I didn’t realise the magical power of managerialism,
if only we’d thrown it at Hitler in Prague
we’d have stopped the war at the start,
what if we talked it to Ho Chi Minh or
the drug dealer down on the corner,
perhaps it would save the poor
or schmooze the terrorists to relent,
reverse global warming and
save a species or two as well,
we’ll stop disease altogether,
you see, we’ve got a plan
all policied and shiny
with targets and outcomes
and performance indicators
in case we get lost,
regulations and procedures
to keep us in line
and risk management in case
the lines run out,
with this kit and caboodle
we’ll conquer the world,
one document at a time,
all will be well
she passionately droned.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under Free Verse, life, philosophy, poem, politics, quote

26 responses to “If Only – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. bureaucracy plus … sounds like you’ve been bogged down in management meetings 😉

    They spend more time on creating red tape than actually achieving anything …

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:


  3. lync56

    Wow love it oh so sadly true

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Love this, the perfect bureaucracy where no one is accountable

    Liked by 1 person

  5. One document at a time,
    all will be well.

    This is such a simple math and theory to understand but hard to accomplish as the people in power never care.
    Powerful poem Paul.


  6. But wait–where are the deliverables? We can’t leverage opportunities if we don’t have deliverables.

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