Treasure Island

Sandra Martyres

(5th October / Mumbai - India)

Snakes and Ladders


In this wild corporate jungle,
You just cannot afford to bungle.
It is a dangerous game of snakes & ladders
The players being cobras or even worse - adders?
The reptiles wait in the wing
To seize any opportunity to sting
All you wannabes on the ladder aiming for the top
Should be prepared for an unplanned stop
You will hear wagging tongues and hissing sounds
As the slimy creatures make their rounds
They keep planning their moves and counter-moves
Hiding in the building's numerous grooves
Should you one day find a snake coiled around your chair
You can no longer stand by shocked and blankly stare
Cause if you do, you risk being swallowed alive
In the corporate jungle only the lean and mean survive

(Written prior to the sub-prime debacle - when the sharks were at their meanest best)

Submitted: Sunday, April 05, 2009

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  • Patti Masterman (9/9/2009 9:42:00 PM)

    This is entertaining, more entertaining than Snakes and Ladders, or whatever the game's
    called, by far.. sure gave me a big smile. (though secretly, I do love snakes..just try to avoid the baddies with venom) (Report) Reply

  • Michael Harmon (4/29/2009 10:14:00 PM)

    I was in the corporate world for about 30 years, and I would say, Sandra, that you have it pegged! Very good depiction in a poem! (Report) Reply

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (4/7/2009 6:13:00 AM)

    Very well composed with good rhyme and rhythm. Ofcourse a contemporary subject. No only in corporate world, evrywhere we're beset by unknown enemies. If time permits read my LIVING WITH ENEMIES, that runs............broader on the society at large. (Report) Reply

  • Naidz Ladia (4/7/2009 3:08:00 AM)

    this game is really a game of fortune, , if you happened to hit the numbers corresponding snakes mouth, ...my gosh you really move backward, , , but..wait..the figure of speech presented here is so unique..the formation of words represented as snakes and ladders are so very wonderful..cheers, ,
    naizz (Report) Reply

  • Christine Kerr (4/6/2009 4:31:00 PM)

    Hmmmm, Snakes and Ladders was the first game I was ever introduced to as a kid. Who would of ever thought I could of taken that learning time of the game with me later in life into the real world. Great thought and concept. 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (4/6/2009 7:55:00 AM)

    A simply stunning poem with excellent imagery. Great title and snake theme too! Before I retired I used to call it a game of chess, if profits were down only slightly, someone would be wiped of the board quick smart. The staff turnover was despicable. Chess pieces for people and your game of snakes and ladders fits a cruel corporate world. Loved it! a ten from me (Report) Reply

  • Dr Hitesh Sheth (4/6/2009 5:55:00 AM)

    Even if you win the this rat race still you will remain the rat.................Good Write......Why to compete with fools........ (Report) Reply

  • Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (4/6/2009 12:33:00 AM)

    a competitive sting to sucessfullu swallow...that was a true picture..but that seems to be every where..people seem to be going about asif there is no tomorrow (Report) Reply

  • Yelena M. (4/6/2009 12:31:00 AM)

    This poem delivers the perfect impact! I can feel your emotions and you narrate excellently.10 from me!
    Best wishes.
    Amary. (Report) Reply

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