had we had more time
one or other would have said,
the birds have started singing.

we would have listened
guessing at the artists
wrapped all the while
in the depth of our senses.

there might have been murmurs
about tea. too early;
too late, quenched instead
with slumbersome kisses.

or not.
rather, the sleeping of lovers
in standard time, and in standard hours:
had we had them.