#NaPoWriMo 29 / #100poeticanswers 47 When Will The Minutes Run Out?

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April 29, 2017 by Sez

Eight and nine year olds seem especially concerned with mortality and the ends of things. J, aged 8, asked this question.

I’m just hoping kids this age relish gloomy answers as much as I did when I was 9.

One day there’ll be no humans

One day we’ll all be gone

And when nobody’s counting

Will minutes still go on?

One day, far in the future

There won’t be any clocks

Or timers, or computers

So will the minutes stop?

Will time still be divided

When we are not around?

If trees, with none to hear, fall

Do they still make a sound?

Though time will still continue 

With very little fuss

If we’re not there to count them,

The minutes die with us.


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