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The Telephone Number


Searching for a lost address I find,
Among dead papers in a dusty drawer,
A diary which has lain there quite ten years,
And soon forget what I am looking for,
Intrigued by cryptic entries in a hand
Resembling mine but noticeably more
Vigorous than my present quavering scrawl.
Appointments—kept or not, I don't remember—
With people now grown narrow, fat or bald;
A list of books that somehow I have never
Found the time to read, nor ever shall,
Remind me that my world is growing cold.
And then I find a scribbled code and number,
The urgent words: 'Must not forget to call.'
But now, of course, I have no recollection
Of telephoning anyone at all.
The questions whisper: Did I dial that number
And, if I did, what kind of voice replied?
Questions that will never find an answer
Unless—the thought is serpentine—I tried
To telephone again, as years ago
I did, or meant to do. What would I find
If now I lifted this mechanic slave
Black to my ear and spun the dial—so... ?
Inhuman, impolite, the double burp
Erupts, insulting hope. The long dark sleeve
Of silence stretches out. No stranger's voice
Slips in, suspicious, cold; no manic speech
Telling what I do not wish to know
Nor throaty message creamed with sensual greed—
Nothing of these. And, when again I try,
Relief is tearful when there's no reply.
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Hits & posts of the poem: The Telephone Number

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1 02/17/2020 Monday 3
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2 02/16/2020 Sunday 1
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3 02/15/2020 Saturday 1
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4 02/14/2020 Friday 2
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5 02/13/2020 Thursday 2
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6 02/12/2020 Wednesday 3
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7 02/11/2020 Tuesday 4
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8 02/10/2020 Monday 4
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9 02/09/2020 Sunday 1
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10 02/08/2020 Saturday 2
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11 02/07/2020 Friday 3
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12 02/05/2020 Wednesday 2
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13 02/04/2020 Tuesday 4
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14 02/02/2020 Sunday 3
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15 02/01/2020 Saturday 2
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16 01/31/2020 Friday 1
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17 01/30/2020 Thursday 6
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18 01/29/2020 Wednesday 8
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19 01/27/2020 Monday 3
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20 01/26/2020 Sunday 2
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21 01/23/2020 Thursday 1
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22 01/22/2020 Wednesday 3
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23 01/19/2020 Sunday 3
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24 01/17/2020 Friday 2
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25 01/15/2020 Wednesday 3
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26 01/14/2020 Tuesday 1
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27 01/12/2020 Sunday 1
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28 01/10/2020 Friday 1
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29 01/09/2020 Thursday 2
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30 01/08/2020 Wednesday 3
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31 01/07/2020 Tuesday 1
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33 01/05/2020 Sunday 1
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35 01/03/2020 Friday 3
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36 12/31/2019 Tuesday 1
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37 12/30/2019 Monday 1
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38 12/25/2019 Wednesday 1
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39 12/21/2019 Saturday 1
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42 12/18/2019 Wednesday 3
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50 12/09/2019 Monday 3
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51 12/06/2019 Friday 2
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52 12/04/2019 Wednesday 3
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53 12/03/2019 Tuesday 1
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58 11/27/2019 Wednesday 2
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65 11/19/2019 Tuesday 3
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66 11/18/2019 Monday 2
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69 11/12/2019 Tuesday 7
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70 11/11/2019 Monday 1
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71 11/10/2019 Sunday 4
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72 11/09/2019 Saturday 1
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74 11/07/2019 Thursday 7
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75 11/06/2019 Wednesday 2
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76 11/04/2019 Monday 3
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77 11/03/2019 Sunday 2
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79 11/01/2019 Friday 1
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80 10/31/2019 Thursday 1
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81 10/29/2019 Tuesday 1
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82 10/27/2019 Sunday 2
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83 10/26/2019 Saturday 1
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87 10/21/2019 Monday 1
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89 10/19/2019 Saturday 2
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90 10/16/2019 Wednesday 3
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