Toward lamenting the lost productivity
When Americans cling,
From the first day of Spring,
To basketball bracket activity.
At work we may go to extremes
Of collegiate basketball dreams,
And glance in our laps
At websites and apps
With brackets and video streams.
Consultants engaged by the boss
To reckon the March Madness cost
Deduce from the gauges
Of hours and wages
That 1.2 billion are lost.
But a national payroll statistic
As a measure is much too simplistic,
As workers are apt
In March to adapt
In a manner that's deft and holistic.
Despite how the experts may warn
That brackets are worthy of scorn,
It's easy to see
For office esprit,
They're better than downloading porn.