Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I stumbled across a dropped call today.
I picked it up and wondered what dangling conversation
hung on its edges.
Upon scanning the area along the side of Almena road
I saw hundreds of fallen voices laying there.
I had stepped all over them like so many worms
on a rain soaked day.
The flattened words lay dead,
some hoping for a resurrection,
and some wishing they had never been said.
Idled words.
Loving words with their passion subtracted.
Crouching down, I started picking them up
like loose change on car mats.
I began to pile them in my left palm.
They became a pyramid of nouns,
verbs, and adjectives grouted 
together by prepositions.
Oh for a refrigerator to throw
these on so I can order them like a shell game.
Maybe there a chance I can put the sentences back together.
Maybe there’s hope to text the best words
with the purist of intentions to the expecting phones.
Maybe I can stand in the gap where the cell towers
wandered too far away from each other.
I do hate to see words lying beside the road.


  1. Enjoyed the imaginative, literal transformation of forgotten callings being transforming into sentences. Nice One Shot!

  2. Very clever concept!

  3. All the missed calls and messages that we too late forget to listen to. Nice job.

  4. love this - you have a way with words...maybe some you found lying beside the road...? smiles

  5. They probably weren't important anyway - most phone calls these days aren't.

  6. Good imagery from abstract phrasing/notions.


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