Watching a building rise
Filling the chinks the skyline.
Reviewing a list with the “to-dos” done
Drawing a satisfying line through
We pay these tributes
To the clock and calendar
To our work ethic
All of which build up our self-esteem
Our sense of worth.
It is a subtle slavery
Which many join willingly
And celebrate triumphantly
On the day we progress to retirement...
With a gold watch.