Is life a race to pay the bills,
To stay afloat, to keep abreast?
Keep up the pace and hone the skills,
There's no lifeboat, no time to rest.
Day after day, year after year
Keep chasing carrots like an ass.
Seek out more pay, shift up a gear,
Earn extra merits, top your class.
No time to stop, to look around,
To take a breath, to meditate.
C'mon, chop chop, no sitting down!
Pop! Comes your death and it's too late.
Slow down, my friend, you're still alive.
Life doesn't need to be so tough.
Put off the end, relax and thrive.
Reduce the speed, enough's enough.
Stay with the now and be aware.
Life slips away in chasing whims.
Perhaps somehow all that glare
Is not the way it always seems.