Returning from Tokyo symposium, I was excited that despite being a little more conservative than clients in Orlando with respect to the digital zeitgeist, all Japanese clients I spoke to recognized the shift from a narrower Enterprise IT to a broader digital world, with associated leadership and technology challenges, as both inevitable and exciting.
To celebrate this – inspired by a discussion with my friend and colleague Dale Kutnick about Haiku (俳句) – a Japanese poetry form, I would like to suggest a new form of digital poem – the denshi. (電詩). Haiku are 17 syllable poems, structured in a 5-7-5 syllable format, that tend to be about nature and the seasons, and are normally serious. Senryu (川柳) are similar 5-7-5 structure poems that tend to be about human nature, and may be humorous. I would like to propose a new form – Denshi (電詩) – that are 5-7-5 structure poems about the digital world, that occasionally miss out small words – like text messages, and are intended to make us think. Six examples are below.
Beyond processes/ Broader still than industries/ A digital world
Not just ERP/ All objects electronic/ A digital storm
Digital torrent/ But will IT team lead?/ Somehow ironic
My kids’ IT stuff/ Beats my corporate IT/ Digital surprise
Budget season arrives/ It’s hard to see beyond cost/ Preserve Innovation
Digital excitement/Meets analog inertia/ Legacy bites back
Please feel free to respond with your own denshi.
For those that find this blog entry flippant – I apologize – and would like to blame a combination of jet lag and the informality of blogs.
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