Laughter and applause greet the words
neither is deserved
A mixture of platitudes and dilute humour
it’s what the occasion demands.
There are no expectations
except the expected
predictable and sanitised
brief and meaningless.
Deception as protocol
principle faces down temptation.
Defects are scribed with invisible ink
virtues shone with floodlight.
Difficulties never existed
only solutions that might have been
The perfect employee
sad to see you gone
the place will never be the same.