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Red Phone Box

I liked its comforting and quiet
Enclosure from the time and rain
Designed to be impossible to sleep in 
(Some vagrant friends reported miseries)
Shutting out the rest of the world
It became a space for answers
A sea-shell or confessional
Calming the small change of your soul
Adored no less by travellers 
No doubt for its already ancient
Novelty it would not admit
The weak or infirm to its secrets
And such room inside limited 
Admittance or forced proximity 
Upon us if we shared a call.
Revered by Mum and Dad as
One familiar part of modern living
To me unvalued then missed
As a lost limb when it was gone.

Copyright © John Blake | Year Posted 2018


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