Time Quantified

by Cassie Birk

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I am living on quantified time
Capitalized worth
A number put on an hour of my time
So I can live on the labors
Of those whose minutes are less valuable than mine
Ones and zeros that separate us
That digitize hours into dollars
Not seeing struggle
Or demeaning stares
Just the meter of a cab racking up lifetimes

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CASSIE BIRK is a Northwest writer at a Midwest school still trying to find her direction. 

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