I started writing this poem for my husband, and I lost it halfway through. I just found it again (I’m choosing to see that as a reward from the universe for getting on with sorting out that paperwork I’ve been meaning to go through for ages 🤣😇) so: it’s a WIP, but I’m putting it here so I don’t lose it again before I finish it
Aminato (the one I love) .
It’s strange so little has been said about
The way accounting touches the divine.
It was (who else?) a florentine
Aminato, who first spelled it out *
Who else could it have been?
Power, laid down amoral and fixed
Callous vagaries of imbalance
And relentless quest for truth.
We praise and read out loud our poets
And tweet our lovers you tube videos
Yet finer more convincing kinds of truth
Are found in balanced sheets, than prose
For in this world, if love lies anywhere,
It lies in keeping our view true and fair
That’s why, for me, the ideal human mind
Accounts; it takes a certain kind of holy knight
To face the gritty facts and reconcile.
And why my overwhelming preference
Is to avoid the circular reference
Id swap ordinary shares for preference
If upon me you would count.
For I have a total reverence
For a man who can account.
I knew at once you were the man for me
Because you laughed when I said “double entry”
Enter me on your balance sheet
Render permanent my assets
I want to influence your direct costs
And watch your profits soar
For despite what others say
CIMAs not ACCA
And neither hold a candle close to you,
You’re my ICAEW x
*NB this is untrue. Double entry book keeping was invented by Benedikt Kotruljević