TIME by LaurensL.Simpson (written to accompany the gift of a watch)
I am time.
I come to give thee life Twenty-four hours of everyday, All this to everyman.
I tick tick.
I sound in peace, and strife, In sleep, in work and play.
Forever, on and on.
I never change To good and bad alike.
The rich, the brave, the free All use me as they may.
I am gold To those who will; to others Lead, who do not see The benefit of industry.
I am power
Weak to strong, coward to brave, Man grows as I move on, Or not, as will he may.
I am fame To those whose light is bright, Who shine with all their might, Pure, through day and night.
I am happiness To those who serve and give, Who help the weak, make known The unknown, and live.
Now or never Equal chance I give to all, My days to use or lose.
Here once then gone forever.