Charlie Corporate

This is my first post for the first Haibun Thinking – a new Haibun Writing Challenge. The prompt I chose was:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
– Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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His rise through the ladders of work left him breathless.

Time out for marriage that was for sure.

There were kids his wife assured.

No one mentioned this unfairness.

***

One more time he had to check this corporate allure.

Corporate Gods before all.

Up, up towards that impossible goal for sure.

With all this some say he had a lot of gall.

***

Once there, everything had been left behind.

But no one was there to see him now.

He thought he was a gift to mankind.

But in the end he wasn’t even the cats meow.

a rose for my love

i wish i could play again

one more chance to smell

23 thoughts on “Charlie Corporate

  1. kerrieanns January 26, 2014 / 7:09 pm

    Career or family?
    A choice so many of us face.
    Great response to the prompt!

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    • Danny James January 26, 2014 / 8:07 pm

      Yes indeed. I was faced with the same decision.

      DJ

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  2. RoSy January 26, 2014 / 5:09 pm

    Probably too true of a message in today’s world. The corporate go getter needs to know how to balance family life into the mix. Or – in the end -may be left all alone.

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    • Danny James January 26, 2014 / 5:11 pm

      True. Unfortunately it also happened to me. But I got my priorities in place pretty quickly.

      DJ

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      • RoSy January 26, 2014 / 5:12 pm

        Oh – Glad that you did!

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  3. AnElephantCant January 25, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    AnElephant loves this approach.
    Quite excellent piece of writing, original and refreshing.
    And sad, but so often too true.

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    • Danny James January 25, 2014 / 4:59 pm

      I always like a comment by AnElephantcant!

      DJ

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  4. paulscribbles January 23, 2014 / 2:37 pm

    Be careful how you are to folk on the way up…you might meet em again on the way down …Great piece.

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  5. Brenda January 22, 2014 / 11:16 pm

    My friend always says, be nice to your kids, they pick out your nursing home. Not that I need that reminder usually, but it does make me laugh. Sounds like the man in your excellent poem might have needed to hear this.

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    • Danny James January 22, 2014 / 4:21 pm

      Thanks for the comment and link. I liked yours also.

      DJ

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  6. Anja January 22, 2014 / 5:50 am

    This is so moving….wonderful haibun and the haiku really does say a lot.

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      • Anja January 22, 2014 / 8:06 am

        Awwww thank you. That’s kind but I really did love yours.

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  7. Al January 22, 2014 / 3:15 am

    I like how you told this. It’s really well done. Thank you for taking part Danny

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    • Danny James January 22, 2014 / 8:00 am

      Thanks Al! That’s nice especially coming from you!

      DJ

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  8. summerstommy2 January 21, 2014 / 11:27 pm

    Excellent Haibun and Haiku Danny well done. You have conveyed an excellent message through both pieces.

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    • Danny James January 21, 2014 / 11:32 pm

      Thank you! You made my day. Thanks for the read and comment.

      DJ

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