Poems of the Week

Phoenix Falling

by Stephen Gold

“Phoenix Group [a British insurance company]… has banned the words ‘energetic’ and ‘enthusiastic’
from its job adverts because it says they deter older applicants.”

The Times

Are you enthusiastic,
With an ever-wagging tail?
Is your energy fantastic?
Does your spirit never fail?
Are you hot on innovation,
Laser-focused on the new?
From your sparks of inspiration,
Does a mighty blaze ensue?
Is your heart suffused with passion?
Does ambition spit and smolder?
We’re afraid you’re out of fashion,
But do call us when you’re older.