After closing my laptop, working like mad I go down to the basement of our empty office building, change my clothes and jump on my bicycle, at home I only have time for lamenting the mania of March, where packed with meetings and emails I spreadsheet my days into powerpoint deadlines. Lent is upon us, no rest until Easter.
patches of whiteness
turning grayer from daylight —
My March has begun working like mad, which fits the prompt for March madness by Merril at dVerse. I will try to read a bit tonight before going to bed.
This line stood out for me: ” I spreadheet my days into powerpoint deadlines.” Like an artificial ordering of life.
And old gray snow is so sad–and dreary.
That Munch painting is great. The workers look grim–I feel like they’re about to rebel.
Love the contrast of organisation and madness. The dead-lining of life versus the chaotic pace it comes at. A fantastic study of modern reality.
A wonderful depiction- I feel the frenzy Bjorn.
Working like mad for March madness –
Ahhhh – so many can relate
You make it sound as though Lent creates a heavy work load for you. Are you in the fasting business? 🙂
Faster rather than fasting.
🙂 I hope Easter brings you a breather as well as a thaw and lots of flowers.
I’m amazed you can ride your bike in this weather. Do you ride it year-round?
Of course… every day… 11 km single trip.
You are a hardy soul.
I’ve often wondered how you cycle to work an an office wearing a suit. But I guess you have a closet or locker, and change before and after work; very sensible. I think your word is “spreadsheet” not spreadheet; smile.
I can feel the pressure!
You capture the frenetic pace brilliantly. Love the complement between your haiku and prose in this one! 🙂
i run to and from work somedays, its always hot here, or rain, i would love more of grey. your haiku is pitch perfect, a seasonal best
“working like mad
I go down
to the basement
of our empty
office building, change my
and jump on
“lamenting the mania”
I love those sections. I think they feel like song lyrics. Bob Dylan vibe.
Sounds like lunacy. Spring will be very welcome, I presume.
Love the haiku… Snow doesn’t stay white long in the city…Well done!
Nice description of this time of year: “Lent is upon us, no rest until Easter.”
Oh,yes! We have financial years ending in March, and this is time of ‘meeting targets’ frenzy.
I really got the sense of how frazzled and over worked you are from your haibun. The image you have used is very fitting. I hope the pressure eases up soon.
Nothing uglier or more depressing Björn, than snow that has lingered past its expiration date.
“I spreadsheet my days into powerpoint deadlines”: Such a clever line, that very well captures the busyness. I really liked the haiku, with the gray apparent on the white.
Sounds like a busy season! Snow becomes weary as it grays.
i can totally get this fast-paced ride, Bjorn. that haiku wrap up is really good.
March snow is just like that. (K)
Those deadlines are getting on with me too. I love that change of color of the snow with more daylight now.
I can feel the stress of that work madness. Very different take on the prompt. “Yesterday’s snow” – a sign that spring is coming!
‘”I spreadsheet my days into PowerPoint deadlines”
I love that line and the madness it conjures.
You are a busy man. Sounds like you have it well mapped out though. Nothing like checking things off. March madness alright.