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A Familiar Conversation

                                    Steven D. Schroeder


Press 1 for a conversation void
Wide enough to drive a bus through,
Too long to drive the distance home

With a hammer. Press 2 for a voice
Based on the graveyard, for advice
Longer than rusty knives. To home
In on misuse of hone, say missile

And press the issue but not the button,
Or vice versa. To escalate the explosion,
Say nothing. Regrettably, the last word
Is unavailable. For I’d better let you go

To suggest you’d better let me go, press
Oh, don’t say love and stay on the line.


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