I Heard the Boss On Christmas Day (apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Mean Boss

I heard the boss on Christmas Day
A familiar call at home to say,
And in text and tweet
The words repeat
Of cease your mirth, get back to work!

And thought how low the boss had come,
The bottom of all leaderdom,
It seemed so wrong
This forlorn song
Of cease your mirth, get back to work!

“We have no time for merriment,”
I heard my Scrooge-like boss lament,
“Much work awaits
Your job dictates,
You cease your mirth, get back to work!”

For weeks and months, I’d seen my way,
To be at work both night and day,
Alas, this call,
Stuck in my craw
Of cease your mirth, get back to work!

Now in despair I lost my head;
“There is no work today,” I said;
“So take this job,
You joyless snob
With cease your mirth, get back to work!”

That’s when I heard the chuckling
“I’m only pulling on your string,
Just called to say
Enjoy the day,
Not cease your mirth, get back to work!”

Then from my boss, much heartfelt cheer
Still ringing, singing in my ear,
And, finally
Our mutual plea
For peace on earth, good-will to men!

Now came laughter more loud and deep:
“I’m not that bad, nor such a creep;
See, for this prank
I need to thank
The folks at Linked 2 Leadership!”

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