Ambition can be a cruel mistress
Flirting with promises of fame and wealth
Demanding more and more
Until she demands your very soul;
Temptress, seductive and wily
She ensnares you in her web
Until you are a mere shadow
That flits from home to work and back;
Nary a time will she give you
To devote to anyone but herself
Fiercely possessive, she clutches you
In a fist-tight grip;
And each time you think you have satisfied her
She demands, the greedy concubine that she is
For more, evermore
Drawing from you until you have bled dry.
For a friend of mine who is turning 29 this year and has never taken a day off in the past eight years, hasn’t seen his parents for more than three years and who is complaining of chest niggles, a friend who means so much to me that I spent three hours with him over lunch explaining why he needed a break.
For G, hope you enjoy your vacation in Singapore.