Martin Robertson

Now and Then

[Time is a child]

Time is a child

busy with his own play,

glancing occasionally

towards the grown-ups

(to check that they are there).

Give him a smile

sometimes.  Do not speak

when he looks your way.

Do not interfere.

After a little while

(or longer) perhaps

he’ll come, and lay

gently in your lap

his favourite toy

for you to enjoy

a little, not keep.

He’ll take it back again

but then

you’ll know that you and he are friends.