Poems of the Week

On the Sanity of Earthly Sedateness

by Steven Urquhart Bell

After Arthur Guiterman

“Should we all be lazier?: Why everyday idleness could save the world”
The Independent

The student taking extra classes
Has frown-lines deeper than crevasses.

The ladder-climbing employee
Is going bald at forty-three.

The supervisor working late,
No time for gym, has put on weight.

But unambitious, idle me
Is slim, hirsute and wrinkle-free.