Now and When
It's time.

What time is it?

She said: 'it feels like midnight, psychological time.'

He said: 'it is 4.7 billion years, geological time.'

She said: 'a three-quarter moon, lunar time.'

He waited, then said: 'the technological age, historical time.'

She said, with longing: 'soon enough, social time.'

He remembered: 'it may be 30,000 years after the birth of modern
civilization, evolutionary time.'

She paced herself, saying: 'perhaps it is current standard time.'

He said, 'you mean based on Coordinated Universal Time as opposed to a
national uniform time, referred to in International Legal Time, and
determined by measuring the distance east or west of Greenwich, England.'

She considered his remark before saying: 'it could be that we are at the
beginning of a new cycle of development, biological time.'

He shifted position, then said: 'we may not know for a million light-years,
astronomical time, or even for the amount of time it takes light to reach the
Earth from the optical limit of the universe.'

She reflected, 'It may have happened already.'

He experienced a delayed reaction: 'it is something we may only be able to
observe experimentally within a billionth of a second, atomic time.'

She said, 'It may begin today or tonight, Earth time, or when lightning
strikes a dry forest, geophysical time.'

He said, 'or at least before the next 26 million-year mass extinction cycle,
geospheric time. Or perhaps after the next ice age.'

She anticipated his last remark, saying: 'it's late, cultural time.'

He timed it perfectly. 'Let's synchronize.'

She said, 'when?'

He said, 'Now.'