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Phonecalls with my Father by Scott Silsbe

I call up my father
and he answers with
a Steve Allen Show
reference I don’t get.

I call my father
and he answers
in German—
which means he
is in a good mood.

I call my father
and he answers
in Italian—which
means he’s been
drinking red wine.

I call my parents,
my father answers,
and he’s distracted
by the television or
by a computer, his
voice wanders off.

My father calls me
and he says that it’s
been a rough couple
of days, but that it’s
all going to be okay,
everyone is alright.

My father calls me
and he asks me what
my next couple of
weeks look like,
if I can get any
time off of work.

My father calls me
and he tells me to
get my black suit
out of the closet.
I hang up and get
my black suit out.

 


Scott Silsbe’s poems have appeared in numerous periodicals including Nerve Cowboy, The Chariton Review, Third Coast, The Free State Review, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is the author of two poetry collections:Unattended Fire (Six Gallery Press, 2012) and The River Underneath the City (Low Ghost Press, 2013). He was also a finalist for the Cultural Weekly’s 2014 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize.

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