Telephone

Telephone

When I ask if you have fallen
out of love with me and you do

not answer, I picture you
holding a tin can up to your ear.

I imagine a string tied to its middle
as if it were a leash around the belly

of a fat, silver worm. The string—
an escaped vein—runs down your arm

over your knees, along the bed, up
my chest and into my skin like a fish

hook or a feeding tube plugged
straight into my heart, threaded between

my bones like a letter slipped into
the mouth of a public mailbox.

– Sierra DeMulder

 

i won’t call the last man who said he loved me because i know he doesn’t love me anymore. it was an exhausted, weak, three month cord cut. why call to confirm? 

there are others i ask in small ways from time to time, just to check. do you love me still? do you remember? old, strong, and true loves who keep answering. i suppose i’ll stop asking when it doesn’t matter to one of us anymore.

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