A While

How long is a while?
Does it last as long as a toddler's smile,
When a mother, in her arms, holds her child,
And stares at her with eyes so mild?

Or is it for the young boy, who
Has left his studies for the ghost to do,
The time he takes to ride to the meadow,
And rest his head in the old tree's shadow?

Perhaps it is what Romeo feels,
As he lies by his lover's heels,
Will not suffice for him as he tries
To write a ballad on her luscious eyes.

A woman to weep her warrior's loss,
A dog awaiting his master's toss,
A judge, a term on a convict, to deem,
Trapped in time these moments seem.

Or could it be the time that He waits,
For you to arrive at His pearly gates,
And enter His gardens, no more in exile?
How long, would you say, is a while?

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How long is a while?