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In A Heartbeat

In A Heartbeat

One space, one beat, a pause… then life,
Anticipating, waiting, wondering,
One pulse marking, time, a single possibility,
A second, a clock hands tick and tock.

Borrowed time, a debt, a running tab,
A glass filled, brimming and sipped, enjoyed, savored,
One round, one potent, intoxicating round,
Non refillable, none refundable.

Drink deeply or live drop by drop,
The final docket, the tally to be paid,
When the toast has been raised,
A balance on life’s ledger, red or black?


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  1. Date: 8/1/2012 10:21:00 AM
    "borrowed time " "or live drop by drop" beautiful

    Allen Avatar Stephen Allen
    Date: 8/1/2012 10:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hello evrod, thank you for commenting, I appreciate it. -Stephen.
  1. Date: 6/26/2012 9:37:00 AM
    Touching.....but very well written Stephen - Sometime it goes up and sometime it goes or black... - Like it. - oxox love Anne-Lise

    Allen Avatar Stephen Allen
    Date: 6/26/2012 9:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Anne Lise for your kind words. oxox Stephen