TIME

There was a time
when no one told time
and then gradually
folks began to invent ways
to measure it.

 

Morning, noon and night.
Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
They noted the seasons.
When the world got
darker and darker sooner and sooner
they were afraid
and when the darkness slackened
they celebrated.

 

Eventually they made calendars.
Hours and minutes came to be –
and seconds.

 

I came along when
there were clocks and watches.
Yes, they had to be wound.
I had to learn to TELL TIME
and I helped to teach my children
to TELL TIME.

 

For much of my life
I have wondered
WHEN DID TIME BEGIN?
Way back I thought
I might find the answer.

 

But now that I am old and wise
I know there isn’t any.

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