ain’t nothin
like watchin wide-hip mama
come round corner
lean hip against white wall
grab house phone off the hook
sandwich phone in neck
answer with just a little attitude
and curled mouth at the corners


some days she slam the phone down
but the phone don’t break

i miss slamming down phones
instead of pushing buttons real hard
I miss remembering numbers for names
and jump rope cords.

miss my mama in my hip
her head on my neck

miss getting permission
and phone restriction

miss dropping phones
and the phone don’t break

miss ten cent calls
phones hanging on the walls
like black bats

miss the insatiable ear of everything
because now no one listens

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