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The corporate ladder is probably the coldest term
one could utter in the working world
For one with burning motivation,
it's baffling to watch people stagnate,
discontent with their positions,
but remaining unmoving
I can overlook daily exchanges of small talk,
silly talk of weather and days of the week
There's an angled ladder with uneven places to grab
and even more treacherous footholds
But every ladder is meant to be challenged
and staying absolutely still
is the assigned duty of a corpse.
I'm at the bottom rung since I'm
a new animal out to pasture
with tigers looking down
from their corner offices and leather chairs
at a small, new creature grazing for information
Those around me complain about their stature,
but do not reach out to the next level as years pass
Is it doubt? Complacency? A spot of laziness?
A secret happiness they won't admit?
I could only begin to guess,
but I can't dwell at this place
as a person supporting the ladder
Holding it in place, keeping it steady
so that those at the top don't fall