Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Watch

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Sitting in the back of a darkened school auditorium

Film projector whirring off to the right

Surrounded by friends, mostly boys

None of us paying a lick of attention to the movie

because of Eric

and his brand new watch

which we are passing around

and taking turns pushing a button

to see the time appear in bright red numbers

1 45

We have never seen anything like this before

and then pushing the same button to see the date

11 19

Are you kidding me?

And then holding down the button to see the seconds tick off

37   38   39

The exact seconds, mind you

It’s like something from The Six Million Dollar Man

We could sit here all afternoon, just pressing the button