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“I wrote ‘Wristwatch’ while feeling rather tempus fugit. My favorite part of the piece is the stanza break.”
—Ron Padgett

Wristwatch

I’ve just written six
or seven short poems
in about half an hour,
in a cabin
on a pond
with raindrops.
Maybe I should
just sit here
for a while, let
some time pass
so my wife will think
I’ve been working hard.

See that?
Some time just went past
but so quietly
you might have missed it.
Then it morphed
into the sky.
Look, another one!
It came out
of my wristwatch
and slipped away.
 

Copyright © 2017 by Ron Padgett. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on June 9, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2017 by Ron Padgett. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on June 9, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

Ron Padgett

Ron Padgett

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 17, 1942, Ron Padgett was elected as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2008.

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A second ago my heart thump went
and I thought, "This would be a bad time
to have a heart attack and die, in the
middle of a poem," then took comfort
in the idea that no one I have ever heard 
of has ever died in the middle of writing 
a poem, just as birds never die in mid-flight.
I think.
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