Welcome to Poetry at Work

When it came, it came as a BFO – a blinding flash of the obvious.

I was working in communications for a Fortune 500 company. A large portion of the day-to-day work was meetings. We had a team-based culture, and to our work, our teams had to meet.

The teams, and the meetings, proliferated. We had departmental meetings. We had cross-functional meetings. We had committee and subcommittee meetings. We had telephone meetings, video meetings, and online chat session meetings. We had one-on-one meetings. We had staff meetings. We had briefing sessions, strategy discussions, and crisis planning meetings. We often had meetings to plan meeting agendas. Continue reading “Welcome to Poetry at Work”

The Year Is Going, Let Him Go

The poem that gave us the classic line for New Year’s Eve: “Ring out the old, ring in the new” is in danger of seeming trite because it is too familiar. In context, In Memoriam, with its unflinching exploration of grief,has a more intimate and immediate quality. It captures the soul of the bereaved person, rising at last from prolonged mourning to recognize that the very love that made the lost beloved so important to us calls us to pay attention again to the world around us and to hope and work for a better future.

It says, in part

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

The image of “the Christ that is to be” echoes the Advent theme of the Second Coming, but also suggests that we may have a part to play in helping all people find a way to live as citizens of the age to come, by creating here and now a world of peace and justice. Continue reading “The Year Is Going, Let Him Go”