by Ute Carson
"Tracks" Anthology, Inwood Indiana Press 2016

For Alexander

I wait for many things:
for snow to melt,
for God to answer a question,
for my lover to declare his intentions,
for my body to heal.
But Sunday mornings
I listen for the phone to ring
so that a grandchild’s voice,
travelling over great distances,
can bring me joy that lasts
long after the conversation ends.

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