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Equalizer



Retirement is an equalizer: alike are one and all.
Position, titles and status do nothing to enthrall.
Chief executive officers, with business puissance,
must hobnob as coequals, forsaking arrogance.
Custodial caretakers, with quiet servitude,
must socialize as cronies, axing ingratitude.
University professors, with scholastic power,
must commingle as colleagues, deleing ivory tower.
The humblest of file clerks, with menial labor,
must ascend to partnership as a friendly neighbor.
Medical practitioners, with rehabilitative skill,
must mix as coadjutors to promulgate goodwill.
Firefighters and policeman, with great authority,
must fraternize as compeers to achieve comity.
Retirement is an equalizer: alike are one and all.
The steelyard's shifting balances equipoise big and small.
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