TOMORROW ‑ AN INTERNAL
He was going to be all that an auditor
None would be more polished or professional
A serious finding needed reporting and
merited it too,
a scandal, a waste, a management
He'd talk to his boss and see what he
But management wanted it buried in paper
"Forget it they told him or you'll
"We won't be embarrassed by scandal,"
"Don't risk your career" they told him
convinced him it all would work out in the end.
"Too controversial to put in my report,"
Maybe next time they'll give me more
support," he sighed.
But each time he compromised, greater
and each time he figured he'd
make up for it later;
The greatest of auditors this man would
The world would have known him had he
But the fact is he feared for his job,
and his family too,
He'd better play safe and nothing
The years rolled around, time really
Tomorrow was here, it was time to be through;
And all that was left when retirement
was a mountain of things he'd intended to do...tomorrow.
(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)