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SOME POETRY THAT FACINATES ME

TOMORROW ‑ AN INTERNAL AUDITOR'S DILEMMA

 

He was going to be all that an auditor could be...tomorrow;

 

None would be more polished or professional than he...tomorrow;

 

A serious finding needed reporting and merited it too,

a scandal, a waste, a management snafu.

He'd talk to his boss and see what he could do...tomorrow.

 

But management wanted it buried in paper and word,

"Forget it they told him or you'll be interred."

"We won't be embarrassed by scandal," he heard;

 

"Don't risk your career" they told him and then,

 they convinced him it all would work out in the end.

 

"Too controversial to put in my report," he'd decide,

Maybe next time they'll give me more support," he sighed.

 

But each time he compromised, greater and greater,

and each time he figured he'd make up for it later;

 

            ......     

 

The greatest of auditors this man would have been...tomorrow;

 

The world would have known him had he only seen...tomorrow;

 

But the fact is he feared for his job, and his family too,

He'd better play safe and nothing do...'til tomorrow;

 

The years rolled around, time really flew.

Tomorrow was here,  it was time to be through;

 

And all that was left when retirement came true,

was a mountain of things he'd intended to do...tomorrow.

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(Adapted from an an old poem "Tomorrow"…original author unknown. Used in a presentation at the 60th International Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June  26, 2001)

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Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect --- Mark Twain

We have never observed a great civilization with a population as old as the United States will have in the twenty-first century; we have never observed a great civilization that is as secular as we are apparently going to become; and we have had only half a century of experience with advanced welfare states...Charles Murray

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