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The Watch Man

Around his wrist he wore a timeless piece of machinery called a watch,
It didn’t tell time because it was broken and besides it had no hands.
This worthless time machine to some happened to be very special to him,
From the very first time he placed it on his arm he knew how valuable it was.

When someone ask him for the time of day or night his answer was the same,
He would reply,“At this time of the day yesterday it was the exact time it is now.”
People would look at him amazed of what he said and then they would smile,
Knowing that he really didn’t know how to read the hands, or it didn’t work.

A conversation would transpire and after a few laughs he would show it to them,
They would giggle even more and give him their name and a nice hand greeting.
Later on after some nice conversation they would thank him for the time,
Not for the time of day but for the happy moments of friendly meeting time.

Soon after that encounter they would see him on the street with a nicely wave,
It must have multiplied a hundred times a hundred for a life time of fame.
People knew his name and often invited him for a cup of coffee or some tea,
Never would a day go by that if he didn’t show up on the street they would know.

Concern arose their suspicion and the search of eyes would wander all about,
And not until someone would catch the eye of he would their be content.
Even when they were on vacation they would often wonder about his life,
Never did they suspect that he knew nothing of their own private lives.

The years passed on by and holidays came and left but remembered about him,
Often they would look for his whereabouts with a little present in their hands.
Cards of joy for the celebration and a heartfelt hand shake to welcome the year,
Until his legs could no longer walk the streets and the traffic slowed down.

One day they found this man laying still on the ground and they picked him up,
Nobody knew of his home when the hospital wanted to know his next of kin.
Soon the town discovered that this man was homeless throughout his time,
And when the day came to sent him home they placed the watch on his grave.

The Watch Man


Harlingen, United States

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You might know of this man somewhere in your own town, but if you don’t then let me introduce him to you. He is a kind man that has nothing bad to say and welcomes you with his heart. If you happen to see him around your town, please tell him hello for me.

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