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2003-02-17 18:56:26 (UTC)

One Day 12/21/2002


One Day


One Day


to an infant


is eternity.


Ten minutes is


a Long Time.


Five minutes for


Mother to shower


is full of crying,


needing, because she


is not there.


Every minute.

One Day


to a first grader


is long.


Ten minutes is long enough


for anything.


Anything lasting longer


lasts an eternity.


Five minutes to play


is fully acceptable


and enough.


Everything must be done


Perfectly.


Yet they have an


easily comprehended standard


of Perfection.

One Day


to a teenager


is short.


Wasted by hours of


"Pointless" schooling


Working to get everything


Done.


10 min. is one


sec.


The teenager has forgotten to be a child


to notice a bird in a tree,


the sound of rain.

One Day


to an adult


is work.


Go to Work. Come home.


Pay Bills. Relax. Sleep.


10 minutes is a


luxury not taken.


The adult frowns


on the teenager who


appears to have more


Time

One Day


to the grandparent


is long.


Ten minutes is


A Conversation.


The grandparent reminisces


that now they have time


they are too old to


do what they have been


waiting for time to do.


And they then realize how they have


Wasted


their lives.

One Day


to the dying


is a gift.


Ten minutes is


time enought to say


"Goodbye."


~Salem


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