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


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!


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

      Yes indeed. I was faced with the same decision.



  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.


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

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



      • RoSy January 26, 2014 / 5:12 pm

        Oh – Glad that you did!


  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.


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

      I always like a comment by AnElephantcant!



  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.


  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.


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

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



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

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


      • Anja January 22, 2014 / 8:06 am

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


  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


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

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



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

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


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

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



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