Preemptive Blaming

“They’re going to be quick
to blame me.”
said the founder,
of the employees’ backlash.

“How would it be different,
if you were quicker?”
I asked.

“What do you mean?”
he asked.

“How would it be different,
if you were even quicker
than them?”
I asked again,
with emphasis.

he asked.

I sat there,

“You mean if I were to blame myself
before they did?”

I waited.

Silence ensued.

“… You’re talking about
taking responsibility.”
The reply came back,

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