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Phone Call
by Claire Scott

when everything lines up
the moon is in the seventh house
Jupiter aligned with Mars
the AT&T bill paid plus
penalty for leaving
it under the cat dish
for over two months
the battery charged
his cracked glasses discovered
under the couch
in the linen closet
next to frozen peas
when he has slept well enough
no nightmares of shaggy
boatmen demanding coins
when his memory is more or less
intact, at least a few neurons firing
when he remembers my name
and can find my number
my father calls


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