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Murphy's Bedtime Poems

Murphy's Bedtime Poems Enjoy this parody of famous poets. In this book, see how poets such as Dickinson, Shakespeare, Frost, and Poe might have written about projects and project management. Have fun with such classics as Poe's The Maven, Frost's Standing by the Water Cooler on a Thursday Evening, and Shakespeare's To Bid or Not to Bid. Each poem maintains the meter and rhyme scheme of the original work.

From Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Whine of the Ancient Programmer"
Meetings, meetings all the time
I could not work or think
Paper, paper everywhere
This life drove me to drink I whined a lot of fussed and fumed
and complained to my boss:
"I feel as though around my neck
I wear an albatross"
From Edgar Allan Poe, The Maven
The maven's words caused me to panic
The audit's started, this was clear
In his dark corner, he looked satanic
I wish I had a cold draft beer
And then the churning, the acid burning
my stomach turning in abject fear
I asked the maven: "How long the audit?"
Quoth the maven: "Forevermore"
From Emily Dickinson,I Never Saw a Pylon

I never saw a Gantt chart
And never made a plan
Yet know I how consultants work
I saw one, then I ran

J. Davidson Frame

Davidson Frame is Academic Dean of the University of Management and Technology, and one of the world's leading authorities on project management. Also, he is a serious student of poetry who, in Murphy's Bedtime Poems, explores the lighter side of serious verse. Product Details
  • Paperback: 79 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.20 x 8 x 5.5
  • Publisher: UMT Press, 2005
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