What’s in a number…
my mom’s phone was disconnected today
and although she’s been dead for three years
it felt like the umbilical cord had been ripped between us
my stepfather had finally dropped her outgoing message a few months back
until then we could call
and hear her voice
the one before she got sick
before she herself had an umbilical cord
to an oxygen machine
in her living room
Just a simple 609-522-1556
and I could call
and leave her a message.
“Hi Mom, how are you? Aidan is three now.”
“Hi Mom, Lloyd has the lead in his school play.”
“Hi Mom, Merry Christmas, You’d be 60 today. You’d hate that.”
609 522 1556
“That’s my mother’s number, Isn’t it honey?
It says it’s disconnected.
How could that be?”
Later I find that my stepfather is changing the phone into his name
and somehow they disconnected the line.
What if he’s…
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