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THE STITCH IN THE TELEPHONE WIRES


dialing the number
the one which is automatic
reflexive
my fingers have it memorized

235-0315

a number before there were the
obligatory ten
before the country exploded into
a cacophony of unrecognizable area codes

the line rings
expecting a voice so real
its nearly like my own
there's a dark echoing across the wires
I can hear the darkness behind her
its not her darkness
but my own

answering I say hello
like an actress saying her lines
rehearsed to perfection
pacing with the chord entwined between fingers
delivering my soliloquy
but the background betrays silence
no one is in the audience
only empty seats in long lines of darkened rows

its the persistence of memory
which makes me wait for an answer
the shadows of realization
the darkness of negativity acknowledged:
she isn't there
but somewhere and some way
(I bargain with myself)
she does know where she is

what is there-- is the sway
of the suspended wire stretching,
tightening and loosening,
measuring the strength
of the distances between us
in the strong prairie winds

somewhere what's left of her
is stirring through the air,
a sort of current

the spectral shaved wooden once-trees
raise their stiff arms to the Great Spirit
pantomiming as Ghost Dancers
in a fixed line stitching the prairies to the coast
where I live waiting for
my overdue answer

the Earth is Our Mother
but who will take care of my own?

in prayer flags
and through telephone lines
and in storm clouds measuring a horizon
or in birds in flocks on the wing?

where is she--
is she now
in everything?


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