Wasted Time

Wasted Time

“Time,” she said, “is a one way door,

My days are numbered,

And I don’t get more,”


“You’ve got it wrong,” he replied,

“Time is more than that,

Time can be wasted,

And like money easily spent,

Second by second to the very last cent,”


She said, “I’ve got to make my time count,

If time slips by and I’ve nothing to show,

There are no second chances in time’s flow,”


“Wait one minute,” he said in return,

“Time comes in segments, like time to cook,

Or I can call a time out, it’s in the book,”


“No,” she said, “time is like watching a parade,

You can see one entry starting and then it’s past,

However long it goes, its time doesn’t last,”


“You haven’t watched much sports,

That is plain to see,

Halftime, overtime, both are important to me,

Time can be managed to slow time down,

Surely there are extra seconds that can be found,”


“Time,” she said, “is past, present, or future,

That’s all there is, of that I’m sure,”


“I think you’re wrong,” he said,

“There’s so much more,

Time is even worth fighting for,

Listen to me while I go through my list,

I’m sure there are times you might have missed,

There’s a time to die, a time to live,

A time to take, a time to give,

Time stands still yet never stops,

Like Times Square when the ball drops,

There’s quality time and just hanging out,

There are time machines holding time in doubt,”


“This discussion has lost its direction and force,

And I think you’re quite crazy, of course,”


He said, “It’s about time you decided to quit,

I’m still thinking there’s more to it,

Daytime, nighttime, time on hold,

Is there anything more you need to be told?”


She was ready to go in because it was late,

Too much time had been used up on this date,


He asked, “Don’t we have time for a kiss or two?”

She answered, “There’s not enough time,

Because I was listening to you,”


While he was talking time didn’t wait,

Time ticked away and sealed his fate.





15 thoughts on “Wasted Time

  1. What an intelligent story, Dan. “There’s not enough time because I was listening to you”–loved that line. Time is not finite, indeed–but *our* time is. A gentle reminder to stay focused on today, live the moment, don’t waste it, spend it wisely. Thank you for that.

  2. Time. . .what an elusive subject to write about. It is true time is not infinite but it can be precious moments we immerse ourselves in that count. People can let time slip quietly away and wake up some day in the future only to become aware of those seconds, minutes, hours that were lost forever. Hmmm. . .making me contemplate, Dan R.!

    • As long as you are entertained. Heart, funny bone,…………I’m doing good. Thank you for your encouraging words.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    • I’m tickled pink! Usually I forget about a poem or story after a few days and concentrate on other story poems. This is quite a treat. Now I’ll have to go back and see what I said. Thanks for the selectiion. I hope in the future I have a few more worthy of notice. If life continues to come at me(I feel like I’ve been gooing the wrong way on the freeway), I’ll have plenty to write about. Thanks again for the honor.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  3. Very well done! I liked both perspectives, but all I could think was, “She would not make a good football girlfriend or wife!” LOL!
    There’s not much we can do about how time works. Whether we feel that times has passed us by or that it’s standing still, like my nieces swear, we don’t really understand it and we don’t have to. All we have to do is to make the most of the time that we have and I think you did a great job with yours.

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