poems by Donald James Dolby
The telephone won't ring today
The telephone won't ring today
It's quiet now
No sound
No call.

I hear the silence in a deafening way
In my heart though
And my head
That's all.

The earth's not black, nor white, but grey
No colours to see
No light
Just dark

Will it, can it, might it, end one day
And not go on
And on to

Are you still there: Can you still hear
My wondering depair
With you, alas
Not there.

Grey earth, black mind, no hope, no fear
No good, no bad
No life

Black telephones, only there should be here
In your place
And mine

For on this day we should be so near
Yet the telephone
Will not ring
Notes :-
For Dad

18th July, 1991