Collect call from jail
  Steven Tomlins

Just wanted to talk
Jaywalking, plus had
missed court, failure to appear
A small bag of cocaine, 30 bucks
You know how it is

“Just in case anyone wants to
show up tomorrow, I’ll be in courtroom
number nine”

Fat chance
I jot down “9” but I know
it’s pointless
He’s on his own

“It’s great to hear from you”

“Yeah, great to hear from you too”

I run back to the show, and when a commercial
comes on I tell them he called.
Four hours later,
it suddenly occurs to me
that when he went back to his cell,
he was glad he had spoken to me,
to someone
who cares.

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