Ticking Clock

I mistook The News for a 1960’s apocalyptic film occupying the living room as I wound the clock. 

The scenes of: masked men, camouflaged for hand-to-hand combat on the battle field, reduced to silhouettes against a backdrop of feigned sterility; weeping nurses; statisticians counting costs and casualties, crept from live screens’ news today, seeking solace in the living-room, as I wound the clock. 

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