Christmas Carol

Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 06.45.29Here is my take on that old favourite Christmas Carol, ‘In the bleak midwinter’. With apologies to Christina Rosetti (1830-1894) who wrote the words and Gustav Holst ( 1874-1934) who wrote the music. And indeed anyone who loves poetry!


In the bleak presentation, frosty audiences made moan

Not another boring speech, another boring drone

Not another PowerPoint slide, another worn cliche

In the bleak presentation, who will save the day?


Our God, how long can this go on, til I can escape?

His voice is so monotone, her language so opaque

In the bleak presentation, a slide show must suffice

In place of passion and personality, oh what a waste!


Customers and colleagues may have gathered there

People who need to hear the message thronged the air

But his audience only, in their grim despair

Stopped listening at the first sentence

And started to stare


What can you do instead, nervous as you feel?

Focus on the audience needs, make it all sound real

Have a flowing structure which engages and imparts

Yet what you can you give them: give them your heart



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