I ran across the 21st Century Supply Chain Blog (Kinaxis) post, A Collection of Bad Supply Chain Poems, a few months ago and have been waiting for an opportunity to write about it. This month is National Poetry Month, which is a literary celebration throughout the world where schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrate poetry’s vital place in our culture. There is no reason why our community, and the business community as a whole, cannot celebrate as well! (This month is the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.) Alexa Cheater, author of the August 2015 post, writes: “In honor of Bad Poetry Day I asked my colleagues to send me their best (and worst!) supply chain-related sonnets, odes, limericks, haikus – well you get the point. It turns out I work with quite a creative crowd…Now keep in mind this is BAD poetry day. So if you’re looking for Shakespeare quality prose, I suggest you just keep on looking. Without further ado, enjoy these supply chain poems written by Kinaxis staff just for you!”
Writing poetry is challenging: good or bad! Kudos to all the Kinaxis authors and thank you for the fun read. Here’s one of the poems and the others are worth checking out.
An Ode to Supply Chains
By Alexa Cheater
O supply chain, how I do appreciate thee,
always working hard to bring things to me.
From raw goods to finished, and everything in-between,
your complexities are many, especially when you’re lean.
Don’t let anyone dismiss you or belittle your worth,
because without you supply chain, nothing could ever circumvent the Earth!