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Doubting hello

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Doubting hello

He still hasn't called,
I check the dial tone again

sure enough, 
it's still there 
alone without conversation

It's unbearably obvious
that I mistook our chats
as a sign of tenderness
and not what they really were,

me listening wistfully
to those false I miss you's
and forging them 
into more than words

into what my heart 
engraved them to be,

truth mixed with love

My ears have become restless
with their constant waiting
and I am completely engrossed
in a wave of impatience,
the kind that nauseates over time

and my belly is churning
with anxiety,
a slew of mystical butterflies
flitter around enthusiastically
beneath this shell of frowning tolerance

The phone rings,
it's him

but I don't answer

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  1. Date: 8/11/2010 11:52:00 AM
    A joy to read an oldie by one of my favorite poets Melissa. Love, Carol