Poemdog

Dogs 2019

BAD FOR BUSINESS
(6/19/19)


we try

we try
very hard

but mostly
we try
the same old
things
that have
worked
in the past

even
when we
mix things up
they tend
to be
thinly veiled
versions
of ancient
attempts

very slight
variations
on a theme

anyone
entering
our offices
for the first time
would notice
no difference
at all

we are
not
stupid

just totally
immersed
within the totality
of this limited
workspace

our niche
so narrow
to be nearly
nonexistent

we have
little room
to maneuver

constrained
by our tight
target

no margin
for freeform
creativity

we have
thought ourselves
into a pit
of immobility

a claustrophobic
market
of diminishing
gains

our brains
ache

our hearts
hurt

our souls
are vacuums
of depression

and our
attitudes

our attitudes
are completely
to blame

at least
we know
what not
to do

we have
just lost
our sight
for the
new