Iain S. Thomas

Phone Calls From Overseas

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

My grandparents would phone us from England
Down here somewhere on the tip of Africa

On Birthdays, on Christmas, on special occasions

And my parents would call us to come to the phone
To speak quickly because the calls were expensive
And every second and every word mattered

Because they’d go through these cables under the sea
Across deserts and through cities I’d never visit

If people put their heads to the pipe, maybe they could hear them
Whizzing by, sounds and vowels skipping across the dirt

And they’d say “happy birthday, we love you, put your father back on,”
And I’d say “thank you, I love you, here he is.”

Advertisements
  1. I used to get those calls too, and the twice a year cards with Pounds scrunched within them. I miss my grandfather. I never met him, but those phone calls always held such promise. He would laugh. His delight was hearing my voice, and my delight was knowing he existed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: