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Telephone Trilogy

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Telephone Trilogy

(Published in `Palantir`  1980 )

One

  The rings are a staircase of filigree silver
  discs of sound on which I swerve, cold-limbed.
  I am a ringed monkey in a forest of glitter,
  gesturing, clawing brightly.


  This could be the high-pitched season
  of a new town-cryer! His `oyez,`
  trills and beats. I will await
  pronouncements with expectation.


  Milkvans hum, babies cry sourly, bulletins
  flash between the golden bars of your theme.
  Gale warnings abound. Seashells, at my ear
  rattle old yarns of caves and smugglers.


  Your call, counterpoint to my search
  riddles the simple chords, first subject,
  catches them, prisoners, in peals.
  The tunes tighten like tourniquets.

     *     *     *

Two

  I am beside the telephone
  gilt of sun on my hair,
  sliver of autumn on my skin,
  about to phone, to say
  
  `I love you. Please come home.`
  As autumn comes we will draw in,
  warmer, more trusting than ever.


  Or to say, `Get lost.` The brisk
  morning exhilerates me, exonerates.
  From here I see no thorns
  On our red and pink roses.

  Here is the truth. Let it ring or not.
  I will go into the garden. Once there
  I will discover a mood, read omens
  on the sun-dial.
  
  Here is the truth.
  The truth about us eludes me.

      *  *  *

Three

  Knowing you were not there
  I allowed myself to phone.
  Clicks connected continents,
  seas rustled around deep wires.
 
  My call filled your empty room,
  its rings circled, then vanished.
  Outside sea made brilliant ropes,
  threading your closed shutters.

Deborah Freeman Manchester 1980

 

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