Phone Etiquette, by Debi Swim

Phone Etiquette
by Debi Swim

Ring.
The sound
sharp as a saber’s tooth
I cringe in guilt, ill at ease,
but I answer
my voice flat, unemotional
no gaudy sentiment
escapes my mouth
a vessel of banalities and half-
truths I’ve lavished on you
for years.
My resolve is paper thin
by this time
but my heart
has you on a black-
list because you love
my best friend.
“I’m fine. How are you?
Yes, she’s in….”

Note: Written to a word list: flat, ring, gaudy, tooth, paper, vessel, lavish, blacklist. See Red Wolf Poems, Prompt 129.

Debi Swim writes primarily to prompts. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and happy West Virginia poet.

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