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Time on One's Hands - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: Time on One's Hands
Rating: G
Theme: Riddle Poem
Elements: Guess! (The answer to the riddle.)
Author's Notes: For RabidSamFan for her birthday
Summary: Someone guards a letter left for the host to a party.
Word Count: 146



Time on One’s Hands
a riddle poem


I have time on my hands,
But not always the same.
In Harad I am water,
In Gondor a flame.

Dwarves catch me in iron,
In ratchets and wheels;
Elves see me in seasons,
In the stars in their reels.

I’ll sit on the mantel
And my heart beats away.
What I measure is formless
And too oft slips away.

No one asks me a question,
But consult me they do;
And if they neglect me,
My tale won’t be true.

Although I run always,
I can’t stir a foot.
I have hands but no arms,
And my foot wears no boot.

Now guard I a letter
Left at the dawn of the day;
And if he fails to look soon
His chance slips away.

…Time to work and time to play,
And so it sings throughout the day.

Old nursery rhyme

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
dreamflower02
Apr. 25th, 2016 03:59 pm (UTC)
Really, really well done! You have thoroughly covered your prompt!
(I won't guess, since that would be cheating, LOL!)
blslarner
Apr. 26th, 2016 04:23 am (UTC)
Thank you so, Dreamflower! And I did try to cover it all! Heh!
shirebound
Apr. 25th, 2016 05:14 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful! The clock on Bilbo's mantel?
blslarner
Apr. 26th, 2016 04:24 am (UTC)
You got it the first try! Heh!
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blslarner
Apr. 26th, 2016 04:24 am (UTC)
Oh, yes! Thanks!
hhimring
Apr. 25th, 2016 10:05 pm (UTC)
The clock on Bilbo's mantelpiece just under which the Dwarves left the letter for Bilbo the morning after the Unexpected Party?
blslarner
Apr. 26th, 2016 04:25 am (UTC)
Oh, you have it!
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