Hello Mark and welcome to A2K!
This poem, to me, is about the way we live our lives and the importance of putting into proper perspective the things that really matter. We try so hard to have everything that our friends have, that our neighbors have, that we lose the true meaning of life. Life should not revolve around working all of the time. It's not about how much money you have, or it should not be anyhow. We become "sheep" as we are led around by our own and societies idea of what happiness is.
Many years ago, before this great age of technology that we live in, families stuck together and were more close nit, IMO. They had their struggles, yes. They had to work very hard much of the time, but I don't think that they lost sight of "family" and "self" as many do today. This is the "balance" that is lacking. We have become a nation of wealth. We have become the sheep that you speak of as we try to be the same as everyone else and become blind in the process.
Do I see myself in that poem? I have to admit that I have been that person in the poem. Or at least what that poem is saying in my mind's eye. I think we all have if we are to be honest. Getting back to basics and living life with the idea, in truth, that money matters very little, and material things are not going to make our hearts happy, is the key. I wonder how many people don't even know their neighbors because they are too "busy" to take the time. What is the true meaning of life?
That's my idea of what your poem is saying ..... and I'm sticking to it!
So the story goes, as the world keeps spinning 'round and 'round ....