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The party line

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The party line

One long ring; that is for me
One long and one short, Mrs. McGee

Two long rings for the farmer Scholl
As the phone would ring a distinctive toll

Down the road on a line of eight
As the bell would ring we all would wait

One would answer; three would listen in
That is the way it was on a party line back then

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  1. Date: 11/21/2012 8:27:00 PM
    Donald,, Stopping by to greet you and every other soup poet, with a special thank you comment, during this wonderful Thanksgiving season. Hope you do not mind the time I am taking to express my sincere appreciation for any support you have offered during the years, or time you have been here on the soup. I am deeply thankful and extend to you my best wishes for a happy and healthy Poetic Magical Thanksgiving Day. *Always & Forever, the Poet Destroyer; -*

  1. Date: 9/29/2012 2:27:00 AM
    dammit, my man! as each one i question, your poems have answered, bequeathed me substantial. i wish i was that one, whose sense was the rival of reality......but it seems you have clinched it.

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 10:43:00 AM
    Ahhh,yes...The good ole days of the party line.Ha,haha. You brought me a smile today...Thank you!

  1. Date: 9/23/2012 11:58:00 PM
    This is awesome.Every one has their unique identity rings..one long ring for you,one long and short for Mrs.McGee and so on..Nicely written.Pleasure reading it.

  1. Date: 9/23/2012 11:28:00 PM
    I am smiling thinking wow, what a good excuse to overhear calls. Well done

  1. Date: 9/23/2012 9:12:00 PM
    This poem is delicious. It brought back memories of when I lived in a 2 story house, above the dry cleaners, and we were one of the first families to get a phone.

  1. Date: 9/23/2012 3:44:00 PM
    now that does bring back the memories, like this Donald,,

  1. Date: 9/21/2012 4:54:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your writing with us Donald. I enjoyed reading it this morning. Have a wonderful weekend. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 3:18:00 PM
    This is great!! My granparent's had a party line and I remember listening to make sure it was their ring. Thanks for a memory!

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    Date: 9/20/2012 3:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for the comment but are you sure it was to ckeck the ring?