Poems of the Week

All Shirk and No Play

by Steven Urquhart Bell

“Health and productivity—the four-day week debate”
—Scotland on Sunday

That isn’t why I’m getting in a stew:
The thought of doing five days’ work in four.
It’s really only two days’ work I do.
I stretch it out to five by moving slower.

My extra day will leave me feeling lower.
I should be out and knocking back a brew,
Instead of gearing up to meet the chore
Of squeezing three days’ shirking into two.