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Leave a Message After the Beep

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Leave a Message After the Beep

It's always hardest, when there is no one to talk to-
When I dial your number, and it just rings and rings
Until the dreaded "voice mail" picks up.
For just an instant, when there is that brief crackle and "click"-
My hopes skyrocket that you have picked up the phone and answered, when I needed it most, the moment I am most frantic...
But when, in reality, it's just that pre-recorded message that I've heard a million times before; how I loath it
And I feel my heart sinking, like there are anchors tied all around it, dragging it into the depths of my stomach!
Where are you? Can you not feel my desperation through the infinite channels of the universe, or are they clogged and busy, too?
Don't you know that I need you, perhaps now, more than ever?
I know you're at that fancy French restaurant you're always talking about, drinking fine wine and eating escargot, possibly dancing the night away.
While I am here, all alone, eating my own heart out for supper.
All I need, all I want, is a compassionate voice on the other end of the line, talking me down off the ledge once again.
Don't you know I've had too much to drink; that I am listening to sad songs and thinking about doing it again- that awful thing which leaves me so terribly scarred when I wake from my stupor? The cuts. You know, those things you hate to see marring my arms.
But I'll have to resort to self-will and self-control, of which I have so very little...
I may or may not make it through another night of melancholy and self-loathing.
Please, for the love of God, pick up the damn phone!

*Any Poem Goes Contest Entry
~JustThatArchaicPoet
 

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  1. Date: 11/12/2013 8:14:00 AM

    Enjoyed reading this one again in light of Sandra's piece.

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/12/2013 8:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Richard :)
  1. Date: 11/11/2013 4:42:00 AM

    Congratulations on the win, JTAP

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/11/2013 6:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Many thanks, Doc :)
  1. Date: 11/10/2013 9:40:00 PM

    Just that Archaic Poet ... Congratulations, thanks for the support..... ~SKAT~ LOVE

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/11/2013 4:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Skat :)
  1. Date: 10/13/2013 7:10:00 PM

    this piece speaks volumes to me, as a young child, I was there, people do not understand how it eased the pain of others...writing is the best therapy around, sometimes my muse even shocks me... enjoyed this write! Powerful words! Hugs :)

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 10/14/2013 8:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Very kind of you to say, Sandra; thank you :)
  1. Date: 10/10/2013 10:37:00 PM

    this is intense, and I like this one of yours.

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 10/11/2013 7:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It is pretty serious; glad you liked it. Thanks for the review, Andrea :)
  1. Date: 10/9/2013 9:18:00 AM

    Archaic This write is strong and deep. You allow the reader to feel your sorrow and pain. We all need someone to talk with when our world is crumbling around us. Just to hear a kind word from a friendly voice helps, Glad you really didn't do anything. If you need that friend, soup mail me Hugs

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 10/10/2013 12:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That's very kind of you, Robin; it means the world to me. I appreciate you dropping by and reviewing; thank you for the compliments :)
  1. Date: 10/5/2013 7:30:00 AM

    I suffer from depression (severe sometimes but controlled now) I have been in some very dark places when I was younger. I found a therapy far better than a Dr could provide is my writing. I can throw whatever I want at the blank page, kick, scream and cry to my hearts content. I also found during those quiet moments my mind raced away from me - to read would occupy my mind, slow it down and create a focus. And yes mate I am an Aussie =D (I have some depression related poems on my page)

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 10/5/2013 8:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I don't know what I'd do without poetry, writing, collage art and guitar as creative outlets. I agree with you completely: it's just about the best therapy there is. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feedback with me, Thomas :)
  1. Date: 10/5/2013 6:17:00 AM

    - Touching reading .... however, proficient written! - Wishing you a great weekend. - Hope the "sun" will shine on you. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 10/5/2013 6:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Anne Lise; I appreciate that. I wish the same for you as well :)
  1. Date: 10/5/2013 5:22:00 AM

    very raw and strong. I can feel so much sadness through this piece. Like MR I do hope this is fiction.

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 10/5/2013 6:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Thomas. See my reply to Rose. I appreciate the concern. It's an unfortunate part of mental illness, particularly "Borderline Personality Disorder". Some days I struggle, but I'm better now that I'm on the right medication :)
  1. Date: 10/4/2013 8:30:00 PM

    This is so sad, but so well written, I can feel the desperation in your words, hope it's but a fiction, hugs if you need one, and hugs if you don't, jxxx

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 10/5/2013 6:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Rose. This piece, unfortunately, isn't fiction. While it's not something that has happened recently, it is something that has occurred in the past, many times. The medication I take now helps keep me balanced and stable. Most of the pieces I have been posting lately are old and only recently found. I appreciate your care and concern, though :)