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'78 Roosevelt drops in the pay phone

for one extra moment...

voice and silver jangles cease,

a dial tone is no atonement.

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A note on process: The character named Elgin Lee Roosevelt had a few other names before I settled on it. This poem, written back in 2011, was the inspiration. I was born in 1978 and he is the character with which I most identify. The poem is about a young boy wanting his father to come home with no excuses. As an adult I'm very forgiving, but time isn't.

 

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