Poetry Appearing in Poetry In Motion® Portland

Telephone Repairman

Joseph Millar

We live so much of our lives
without telling anyone,
going out before dawn,
working all day by ourselves,
shaking our heads in silence
at the news on the radio.
He thinks of the many signals
flying in the air around him,
the syllables fluttering,
saying please love me,
from continent to continent
over the curve of the earth.

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"Telephone Repairman" from Overtime. Copyright © 2001 by Joseph Millar. Reprinted with the permission of EWU Press.


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