A Poem for Christmas

Alan Stockey, a fellow security professional, kindly sent me a copy of his 2007 Christmas poem. It follows on from previous classics such as “Twas the night before audit”, “Regulator’s coming to town” and “Oh what fun it is to decommission and not pay”. This year’s features the Grinch, a character who, with a heart two sizes too small, might not be completely out of place in a contemporary crisis team…

The Grinch who stole crisis!

He HADN’T stopped Crisis from coming!


Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the Grinch, with his visage, eyes wide, fire-aglow,

Stood puzzling and puzzling: ‘How could it be so?”

It came without testing! It came with a bang!

‘It came without call-trees, pandemic or plans!’

And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!

‘Maybe Crisis,’ he thought, makes our heroes plan more.

‘Maybe Crisis…perhaps…should be welcomed – encore!’

And what happened then…?

Well…in Cities they say

That the Grinch’s small plan

Grew three sizes that day!

And that minute his scorecard turned Green – what a score!

He attended all micro-drills, failovers and more

And he brought back the desktops & Home-working with glee!

And he…


The Grinch led C.M.T!

AS 2007