Seconds

I suppose
I have gotten older.
When I was younger,
I believed that things
would just work out,
in life
and in love.
What a naive fool
I was.
I now see
that the most valuable resource
someone can ever trade
is not money
or gasoline
or blood
or tears.

It is time.

To make time,
one must expend effort,
the simplest
yet most profound source of energy
in the universe.
Time given is never retrieved,
and as the days pass,
I find myself longing
more and more
for someone who can return
the time I wasted
on those who did not deserve it.
We are only ever given
so much time, you see,
and it is never as long
as we think it is.

Do not waste yours, stranger.

~LT

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