when the watch stopped

when he noticed
that his watch –
worn most days
on his left wrist –
had stopped

he half-assumed
that someone he knew
must have died

all through the morning
while attending
absent-mindedly
to his work
his regular routines
and labours
he realized
he was waiting

for a change
in the feel
of the wind

the cry of a bird

for his heart
to beat aloud
from the stress
of him holding on
to his breath

while he waited
for news

for confirmation

eventually
he adjusted the hands
of the watch
to correct the time
they were showing

and the day
proceeded
without incident

~

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