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by Chris Sorrenti


The phone rang from two different numbers
According to the call display
My initial response
"A neat trick" I thought
Within seconds
Starting at 10 to the hour
Multiple times
Left only a click on my voice mail
When I didn’t pick up imagining
It was like so many wrong numbers
Then when it rang again
Thought maybe important
But when I lifted the receiver
You had already hung up

Could have been kids
Playing tag team on the telephone
As we did too all those centuries ago
But my spider sense tingled
A familiar essence
Vibrating once more inside the wires

What triggered this latest communication?
Perhaps a love poem
Posted on the Internet
To no one specific
“Ha! Yeah right” I can hear you laugh
And you know who you are
As if it were only yesterday
A friendly “hail” for a job well done?
In how far we’ve come
And yet remained the same

A mischievous tickle
On the periphery of this spider’s web
Centered beneath that magic number
Of three and five combined
Followed by a zero...a circle...infinity
Perhaps this distance valentine
Is the only dance we’ll ever have
And yet I love you
Yes! I love you
In oh so many ways
For who you are
And who you may not be
Who you were
Still are on some days

I could have called back
But like so many wrong numbers
Didn’t see the point
Or maybe I was just afraid
The victim of an over active imagination
And a bad case of wishful thinking
Funny how the ego works
In some ways on some days

Only after deleting the numbers
Did I think to check the clock

© 2009

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04/23/2009

Posted on 04/24/2009
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 04/24/09 at 12:55 AM

Whatever year your work comes from, it always proves you be a pretty damn brilliant storyteller. This one is no exception. I really, really enjoyed this.

Posted by Kris Mara on 04/24/09 at 12:52 PM

those wrong numbers can play tricks on us -- but sometimes they are precisely who we think they might be -- I love how you bring it back to the 3-5-0 (which doubles the "wrong number" title, as you received and perceived one)....

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 04/25/09 at 12:37 AM

I surely can relate to this regarding missed phone calls! The imagination can be ones worst enemy at times! You've written a wellcomposed poem about, I think, a fairly common human condition.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 04/25/09 at 09:43 PM

One never knows what the ring (beep) will bring. I suppose if we discovered we had only five minutes left to say everything that we wanted to say, every telephone line would be jammed with people calling other people to stammer that they loved them. Great write Chris. Thanks.

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 04/26/09 at 01:23 PM

Ah,the magic of numbers - and of love - a well-done musing, Chris.... d:-)

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 04/28/09 at 11:48 PM

oh man chris this awesome! i've often had similar thoughts when receiving wrong number calls, though i've never had 2 numbers ring at once. and the ending cracked me up, i don't know why, but it made me laugh just the same

Posted by Maude Curtis on 05/31/09 at 02:50 PM

I've done this, called his number just to hear his voice on the machine, then not hsving enough guts to say Hi. It's me, I love you. Good write makes you think about who could be on the other end of the line. Tighten the string and talk to her.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 06/19/09 at 01:26 AM

Hmmmmm. Life's sweet little mysteries, eh? My phone is either ringing off the hook or absolutely silent. It's like at the store, how everyone gets the "time to check out" message like a panic response to some subliminal message that if you don't hurry up, you might miss an opportunity....to, ummmmmm.....pay for your groceries.....or something. :-p

Posted by Glenn Currier on 07/21/09 at 06:53 PM

What power I allow the phone to have over me. Whether it is people opening their cells in movies or in cars while driving. I get so provoked. The concept of "wrong number" is also interesting. You know me in my psychological bent - I especially appreciated the penultimate verse. You certainly dragged me into your world with this one, Chris. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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