the Efficiency poem

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Some people were created by God to be happily and productively efficient. God bless them! And, oh my! they can be useful people to have around. I’ve known some who are also highly creative, and I’ve noticed that they can be as productive in their creativity as they are in everything else they set their hands to.

But for some of us, it’s best that creativity and efficiency never meet. Hence this poem…


the Efficiency poem


for some of us humans

the most terrifying notion on earth

is Efficiency

Chop chop!

Just do it!

Snap to it now!

while other frightening prospects 

such as sorrow and suffering 

might form

jewels of


and compassion

Efficiency is heartless, quenching

ebb and flow, void

of creativity 

of color

of beautiful human flaw

when the Product is the focus

and the producer is a Means

to an End that is

For the Common Good

and of course

Fiscally Profitable

our hearts cower and quake

our gentleness

goes into hiding

and we are hostage

and oppressed

and when Efficiency spots 

our unique gifts and creativities

it pounces

and demands

that we devise 

A Plan for Production

and what gets squeezed

out of us are

poor pathetic creations

stress-induced pathologies

and defective reasonings

ah, but the Friends of Efficiency

are quite pleased with our sad little

Clone Creations

so Efficient 

so Productive

so Marketable!

and pat us sympathetically

for our (needlessly)



and neuroticsms

but no! we might change the world

if we guard our dreams with strong

fences of delight

and therein

playfully explore 

our uncharted wonders


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