As just an aggregate of parts,
Evolves in time, within its whole,
An idiosyncratic soul.
This personality defeats
Analysis by balance sheets,
The way your character eludes
The X-ray and the cathode tubes.
For what we are, on this strange earth,
Defines our value and our worth;
Not, for a man, his ears or throat,
Nor, for a company, its quote.
Yet analysts are prone to make
This odd but seminal mistake,
And think the rules of purchase hold
When companies are bought or sold.