I answer the phone
Conjuring interest in an unknown caller
I may know this soul,
or it may be a stranger.
Today I am a receptionist.
May I help you?
With whom would you like to speak?
One moment please.
Fascinated for the second of connection.
Lingering is not accomplishing.
Friendly, only brief.
I am not permitted tbe time to
ask about the wife
who has cancer,
or the child's graduation.
That would gum up the whole process
now wouldn't it?
Love must be given in a snapshot.
No feature length films today.
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