Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Elizabethan Verse

So farewell then
Theranos,
inventor of
innovations
that weren't.

You fooled
some of the people
all of the time,
but not enough
of the people
some of the time.

You were like
the "Roy Batty"
of start-ups -
shining multiples
as bright
for fractions
as long".

Your name
was an amalgalm
of "Therapy"
and "Diagnosis,
Now,
your investors
will need
both.

(apologies to EJ THribb & PrivateEye)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Farewell Then Toys"Я"Us

Farewell then
Toys"Я"Us
America's Halfway house
to Barbie, Ken,
G.I. Joe and
"Rock-'em Sock-'em 
Robots"

You were 
the first company 
to crucify
the English Language 
for the sake of 
a memorable 
name.

Upon your shelves,
aptly-named board games 
like "Risk", 
"Chutes & Ladders"
"The Game of Life" 
and "Trouble - 
foretold your
future.

Category Killers
rose by roll-up 
like Lazarus (not your founder);
but neither Jesus (nor Kravis)
could resurrect
you now.

You put  
the Big Box
into Retail.
But now,
KKR will solemnly
bury their retail 
in a
Big Box.