Her Own Lifetime

Time was money:
Hours were dollars,
minutes were cents,
but there were no firsts
before seconds were gone
forever.
Dr. Samantha Beckett,
idealist extraordinaire,
traveled through time to the future
at the same rate as everyone else.
Though she could not change anyone’s history,
she built the history her children would remember—
changing their futures for the better.
And so,
Dr. Beckett,
having not leaped abruptly from life to life,
but stepped seamlessly
from one stage of hers into another,
learned that human beings fought time
but never won,
for time was an uncountable noun
that had no meaning except that
which people gave it.