28 Jun 2017

And Then, A Verse...

Welcome to poetry corner. While reading the comments on the site belonging to that nice Dr Redwood... Pardon? No, nine times out o’ ten I skim the article and just read the comments... I discovered this wot’s below and it does ring very feint bells at the back of my four megabyte memory bank. However, those bells seem to start ringing quite frequently nowadays and for no apparent reason.

Apply it to what you will as it fits so well with so much of that  which swirls around us. Love it.
The poem is attributed to Charles Osgood:

There was a most important job that needed to be done,
And no reason not to do it, there was absolutely none.
But in vital matters such as this, the thing you have to ask
Is who exactly will it be who’ll carry out the task?

Anybody could have told you that everybody knew
That this was something somebody would surely have to do.
Nobody was unwilling; anybody had the ability.
But nobody believed that it was their responsibility.

It seemed to be a job that anybody could have done,
If anybody thought he was supposed to be the one.
But since everybody recognised that anybody could,
Everybody took for granted that somebody would.

But nobody told anybody that we are aware of,
That he would be in charge of seeing it was taken care of.
And nobody took it on himself to follow through,
And do what everybody thought that somebody would do.

When what everybody needed so did not get done at all,
Everybody was complaining that somebody dropped the ball.
Anybody then could see it was an awful crying shame,
And everybody looked around for somebody to blame.

Somebody should have done the job
And Everybody should have,
But in the end Nobody did
What Anybody could have.

Quote;  Arnold H. Glasow

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.”

No comments: