The phone's cacophonous rings
Dropped like pebbles to the floor.
- he didn't answer.
Alarmed they became,
More numerous, insistent.
A pause- hesitation, frightened doubt.
One more try. Ten rings. Twelve.
-he didn't answer.
Some time passed in silence.
A hummingbird drank long from the feeder.
Cars drove by the reflective picture window.
Then somebody knocked on the door
He didn't answer.
The knocking gave an encore,
Now genuinely-- frantic. the door
Opened. Someone entered.
Oh. I understand now.
Of course he didn't answer.
All that time-
He was dead.