i told him i’d help at nine
so he waited until a minute after
before beginning his hammering

his way of telling me, “you’re late
and it’s time to wake up
in case you were still sleeping”

knocking on my door
would have been too direct
too gentle a reminder

but then again, i’d been half awake
for fifteen minutes waiting
for the noise that would startle me
out of bed

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