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Annuitant

Oh I am neither rich nor poor,
No worker I dispoil;
Yet I am glad to be secure
From servitude and toil.
For with my lifelong savings I
Have bought annuity;
And so unto the day I die
I’ll have my toast and tea.

When on the hob the kettle sings
I’ll make an amber brew,
And crunch my toast and think of things
I do not have to do.
In dressing-gown and deep arm-chair
I’ll give the fire a poke;
Then worlds away from cark and care
I’ll smoke and smoke and smoke.

For I believe the very best
Of Being is the last;
And I will crown with silver zest
My patience in the past.
Since compensation is the law
Of life it’s up to me
To round the century and draw
My Life Annuity.


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Poem Annuitant - Robert William Service