When I was young

I’d  talk on the phone

black rotary  when

cell meant biology I would talk

for hours  listen for hours too

now we keep our landline for no good reason

calls about college credit Democrats money no one

ever leaves a long story on my landline

cell calls mostly information Meet Me Here

emails  informational too I save

requests from Nigerians asking  for help because

they are good stories saved a message on my answering machine

we still have one from 8 years ago about a cat named Rhonda

even though I don’t much like cats because of the story:

She vanished. She returned.  And what happened.