Mister Telephone Man by John Grochalski

two broken dates
since the kiss
she’s even cold at work
but tells me to call anyway
so i do
i call monday
get the voice message
it’s her old man
wednesday she says she forgot
i skip two classes
follow her around like a puppy
to hear that she forgot
she says i’ll call tonight
but doesn’t
randy says she’s worried because
i’m twenty-one to her twenty-five
like it’s acres not inches
because i just got out of it with mary
mary who calls to tell me she’s dating again
mary who calls sundaymondaytuesdaywednesday
i get her mother
who says she doesn’t know me
even though i’ve stood in that big kitchen with her
three times
well, i guess i’ll give her the message
i throw on dylan
i throw on springsteen
wish for once that i got hung up on a girl
who felt the same way
she says i never got the message
what are you doing saturday night?
drunk again
with steve and calvin
she never shows up to dee’s café
i think maybe
i’ll call her on sunday
to see what happened
but shit
even god had his day of rest.


John Grochalski is the author of The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (Six Gallery Press 2008), Glass City (Low Ghost Press, 2010), In The Year of Everything Dying (Camel Saloon, 2012), Starting with the Last Name Grochalski (Coleridge Street Books, 2014), and the novel, The Librarian (Six Gallery Press 2013). Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, in the section that doesn’t have the bike sharing program.


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