Running on Empty

Running on Empty

I’ve been trying
to squeeze a dollar
out of a dime
and an hour
out of every minute.

But it never
seems to work.

is money.

is time.

I don’t have enough
of either one.

It’s almost like
everything requires
some kind of
little sacrifice.

And all I’ve done
is give and give,
but there’s not much
left now.

© Gabriel Bates

Gabriel Bates is a poet living in Tiffin, Ohio. His work has appeared in several publications, online and in print. Keep up with him at

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