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Manuscript - 1982

the perfect silence

all that
eye
all that
understanding
all that
mascara
all that
earring

all those
tits

will go
elsewhere.

I realize
that
I might be
missing
the
final
chance

by leaving
it
off the
hook.

now
I only
phone out
for
liquor
deliverance
ambulance
fire
police.

I'm back
where I was
years ago:
I don't want to
hear the good news
of the human
voice.

I keep it
off the
hook

I am
not
for whom the
bell
tolls

it tolls
for
you.

    
The Continual Condition - 2009

perfect silence

all those smoldering
eyes
all that sweet
understanding
all that
mascara
all those
earrings
all those warm
bodies
will now go
elsewhere.
I realize
that
I might be
missing
my
final
chance
by leaving
the phone
off the
hook.
now
I only
phone out
for an
ambulance,
firemen or
the police.
I'm back to
where I was
years ago:
I don't want to
hear the good news
of the human
voice.
I keep it
off the
hook.
I am now
not
for whom the
bell
tolls
let it toll
for
you.