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The One-Two Punch at Work: Poetry and Nature Breaks

12 Jan 2016 by Shay Moser

Every day in our jobs, we connect with teammates and come across situations that can be put into verse — whether it be a powerful presentation, the cadence in a process, or the inspiration we get from the clients and partners we serve.

Poetry at Work Day (January 12) gives us the opportunity to find the beauty in our jobs and put it into artful prose. And while it was a challenge to rearrange technology terms to parody the originals — like Internet routers = reorient net ruts — we wrote a hardware haiku and software sonnet — and not just to bring more meaning to work.

Software Sonnet

According to an IBM survey of 1,500 CEOs, it’s a top leadership quality. In fact, creativity ranked higher than integrity and global thinking. The Harvard Business Review wrote about the value of poetry for professionals — and not just for developing creativity. The article shares how poetry also cultivates a more acute sense of empathy. And it simplifies complexity, which is why the late business leader Sidney Harman was known to ask his staff to hire poets as managers.

Here’s how we found beauty in technology:

Software Sonnet

Before you came, code was made of dots, dashes, spaces,

No special commands, abbreviations, text arrangements.

The first computer program on paper was Ada Lovelace’s

But then, women’s contributions were denied in these engagements.


Even earlier, the first software theory led to science and engineering,

And first-generation software was written in binary code.

These early software developments ended up steering

Low quantities of stored-program computers the rich could download.


As these computers became more common

And their exorbitant prices dropped,

They became an item any lawman

Or other part of the population could adopt.


Software wouldn’t be where it is today

Without tech pioneers Bill Gates and Steve Jobs paving the rest of the way.

Pausing with Mother Nature

Studies also show that to be fulfilled and productive at work, you need more than a modern office and countless vacation days. You need a break from artificial lighting and the sounds of mouse clicking.

This hardware haiku captures meaningful moments in nature that we need to be satisfied on the job and do our most creative work — and the device that can help.

Hardware Haiku

Pause to gaze at clouds.

Type to nature’s melody.

2-in-1s work best.

If you need Wi-Fi in the outdoors for your device, check with your local parks for locations where it’s available. Otherwise, you can turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Here is a list of Wi-Fi parks by state, as well as other ways to get free Internet access while you connect to nature — and wax poetic in between responding to emails.

We hope you believe in the power of poetry and these technology poems help you slow down at work, get your creative juices flowing and see the beauty in your workplace to write your own poetic masterpiece.