This poem was written and published in 1991, when it seemed that most US companies were acquisition targets. It was during this period that Siebe bought Foxboro, Siemens bought the PLC group from Texas Instruments, Modicon was bought by AEG (Schneider came later). The acquisitions that stayed in US hands were Allen-Bradley which was bought by Rockwell, and Fisher Controls and Rosemount by Emerson.
My poem, in the lilt of Lewis Carroll's Lobster Quadrille accompanied an article The Changing Face of Competition with some interesting cartoons, in CONTROL magazine.
Control Magazine, January 1991
"There's a Siemens right behind you, and he's treading on your tail
See how eagerly the Germans and the Japanese advance!
Their marks and yen are buying more bucks - so will you join the dance?
"You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
"What matters it how far you go?" the Modicon replied
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