John Freeman

(1880-1929 / England)

Hallo! - Poem by John Freeman

'Hallo, hallo!' impatiently he cried,
And I replied,
Sleepily, 'Hallo--hallo!'
No sound then; and I stretched
My hand for the receiver, all my nerves
Tingling and listening.
My hand clutched nothing, and I lit
The candle--strange!
I could have sworn it was the shouting wire....
But no!
Besides, a bare and unfamiliar room
And he, why, long-forgotten, maybe dead.
Yet all around,
Filling the silence up with tiny sound,
A million tremulous thin echoings,

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 24, 2010

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