Tale Weaver — The Climb of Icarus

climb-the-corporate-ladderI tried to climb the corporate ladder
Doing all the right things
Saying all the right words
Playing all the right games
Kissing all the right asses

Friends had tried to warn me
Don’t try too hard
Remember where you came from
If you climb up too fast
Your wings will melt from the sun

But I didn’t listen
I climbed fast and high
Never looking backwards
Always looking up
Keeping my eyes on the prize

But there was that one bad decision
And I started to fall
Saw the smiling faces
Of those I passed
On the way up

They showed no sorrow
Gave me no pity
Only smiled as I tumbled
As I slipped toward the bottom
And hit the ground hard

Now I’m starting over
Going to take it slow and steady
Going to make sure I’m ready
To start climbing again
As I reach for the crown

Written for today’s Mindlovemisery Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt. The challenge is to weave a tale dealing with the concept of climbing to the top.

13 thoughts on “Tale Weaver — The Climb of Icarus

    • Fandango June 28, 2018 / 10:44 am

      Too late. I retired before I reached the top. Hey, wait! The glass ceiling!

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Kenneth T. June 28, 2018 / 10:20 am

    That’s how it is in the corporate world, every (wo)man is for their self. Sure, they might have words for you in the beginning, but when the chips are down and you start to fall, no one will reach a hand out to stop your fall.

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  2. Osyth June 28, 2018 / 11:37 am

    I love this. Advice for all those that forget to be humble, begin to believe in their own hype be it at work or at play. May I share it on my FaceBook page, newly revamped to showcases the work of bloggers to an audience that has no idea what we actually do (or don’t do in my horribly remiss recent past) ….

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango June 28, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      I’d be honored for you to share this on your Facebook page. Thanks.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Osyth June 28, 2018 / 1:12 pm

        Tis done in the blink of an eye. And the honor is mine, my liege 😊

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Michael June 28, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    I that response good sir, its true isn’t it that once at the top the only place to go is down. Thanks for adding your thoughts this week.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sight11 June 28, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    Poem with moral. Nice going Sensei.


  5. mhmp77 June 28, 2018 / 6:57 pm


    Now I’m starting over
    Going to take it slow and steady
    Going to make sure I’m ready

    Good idea to ponder a little before pursuing it again. Experience is a great help!


    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango June 28, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      Yes, a little help can go a long way.


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