Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Buzzword Bingo

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For weeks now the media has been full of quotes and comments made by politicians and commentators alike. Their constant use of buzzwords reminded me of a game I once witnessed and inspired the following poem;

Buzzword Bingo

The consultant orates confidently from his platform,
flip sheets and models abound.
Whilst down in the masses, (who've heard it before),
a game's been passed around.

Delegates studiously take down notes
pens all of a quiver,
ears hang on every word
as his wisdom is calmly delivered;

"... this global solution"
heads nod and agree
"demonstrates a holistic approach",
some can't hide their glee
"delivering a one stop shop",
you could hear a pin drop.

Proudly he notes the air of excitement,
they're eating right out of his hand,
so he goes off script in a vain attempt
to 'leverage his own brand'.

"BINGO!" She cries, to accompanying groans
and a ripple of laughter ran 'round
up on the stage, the bluffer felt caged
by his ego so cruelly drowned.

John Carré Buchanan
27 April 2015