The hungry meter
doesn’t really care how you feed her
only that she still has time left on her clock.
The maid that checks her time has no interest in who’s fed her in the past,
whether it’s a total stranger
or you replenishing her coin stock.
The meter is insatiable and the maid has only one metric,
the minutes remaining
though you’d think after draining you of your currency
she’d show a little forgiveness
like an overdrawn bank account.
But there is no compensating for the digits as they rush to zero
and the urgency of putting time back in its place.