“Lean in closer.
No. Closer than that.
I have a gift to offer.
Spare a moment to chat?”
“It depends on what you hold.
Is it free? Is there a price?
Without doubt, there is a toll.
You’ll have to be more concise.”
“I have a device to control time.
Wouldn’t you like another hour?
What would you do?
Now, don’t give me that glower!”
“What does it cost?
Why only one hour?
If you can control time,
You must have limitless power.”
“The price is neither gold nor silver
You have to employ wisdom.
Though, I can see. You only desire
To want more yet give none.”
“I’ve known you only a moment,
You’ve made your judgment.
I have no need for atonement!
I’m innocent of corruption.”
“To give you more time
Would be a waste.
Give a nickel, you want a dime.
And so, this is the human race!!”
© Susan Reed
*Father Time’s dialogue is in bold text. The human male is in normal text.*