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It's Safety First Around Here !

I think this poem that appeared in a company-wide email I just got is supposed to encourage us to be safety-minded, but I think it's just a bit too grim a guilt trip to be effective.

I COULD HAVE SAVED A
LIFE TODAY


I could have saved a life that day,
But chose to look the other way,
It wasn’t that I didn’t care,
I had the time, and I was there,
But I didn’t want to seem a fool,
Or argue over a safety rule, I knew he’d done the job before,
If I called it wrong, he might get sore,
The chances didn’t seem that bad,
I’ve done the same, he knew I had, So I shook my head and walked on by,
He knew the risks as well as I.
He took the chance, I closed my eye,
And with that act, I let him die. I could have saved a life that day,
But I chose to look the other way,
Now every time I see his wife,
I’ll know I should have saved his life, That guilt is something I must bear,
But it isn’t something you need to share,
If you see a risk that others take,
That puts their health or life at stake, The question asked, or thing you say,
Could help them live another day,
If you see a risk and walk away,
Then hope you never have to say,
I could have saved a life that day,
But I chose to look the other way.

- Author Unknown

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calliste
Jul. 7th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
If there is one thing I hate it's this kind of poems. Also, the kind of poems that "people that want to show me they love me" send me. "An angel is watching over you" or "God is by your side" or "I'll be there for you when you need me". Unfortunately, it's damn easy to forward the frikken thing to your whole mailing list and "improve" their day by sending them a poem that makes the hair of most readers stand on end.


Er. Sorry.
rpkrajewski
Jul. 7th, 2003 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, for some reason these "sharing and caring" "poems" manage to be maudlin and sick at the same time.

I work for a software company, but we were acquired last year by a manufacturing company at the end of 2002. So there's a culture split between their timesheets and by-the-book ethos and our more freewheeling approach, and they're not on either coast of the US, so there are slight differences in business and informal culture.
substitute
Jul. 7th, 2003 09:12 am (UTC)
augh
That kind of doggerel wants me to become an anarcho-nihilo-psycho mad bomber *immediately*!
rpkrajewski
Jul. 7th, 2003 07:14 pm (UTC)
Can't Do
All anarcho-nihilo-psycho mad bombers must pass our ISO 9000-certified process first, mmkay ?
ex_snej373
Jul. 7th, 2003 10:04 am (UTC)
I hate it that doggerel writers never get the meter right. They're so busy making sure everything rhymes (because that's what makes it a poem!) that they leave the syllables stumbling all over themselves.

Even a lot of the otherwise-nice children's poetry in Ladybug magazine suffers from this.
rpkrajewski
Jul. 7th, 2003 07:15 pm (UTC)
He always gets his rhyme
At least Ernest Noyes Brookings' rhyme-reaching style had a bit more charm !
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