It started with just night and day,
hunting, sex and sleeping,
keeping wolves at bay
and, when the sun came up, relief.
Then someone noticed how
moons repeat their wax and wane,
put things into sets, accounting,
and after things, came time.
And after time, more time,
finer and diffuse, better able to
regulate our lives,
even pinpoint God,
till we could tell how long
it takes an atom to comb it's hair,
grow paunchy, gruff, and die.
How time thins the more we manufacture it.