The Telephone Wants to Retire

By Alice Heyeh, age 15
The Telephone Wants to Retire Alice is a sophomore at Horace Greeley High School who enjoys listening to music, drawing, and writing poems. She has won second place in poetry for the Chappaqua Young Writer's Contest, and her poems have been published in her Chinese School's newsletter. When she isn't writing, you can find Alice playing the violin, eating strawberries, or laughing at her own jokes.

“the obvious contrasts of
mother and a mom and beloved mommy
and she knows if the news is good or bad
just by how they say hello.”

   

She is tired of sending wired hugs

she no longer wants to hear tearful goodbyes

and screaming hurts her electronic ears

She has already learned the code of voices

the nervous giggles of first date calls

the half hungover messages to work

and the infamous breakup over a call

 

new generations of little girls and boys

say they prefer text anyways

they hate the sounds of their own voice

She now knows the difference between

a sister and a roommate and a cousin once removed

the obvious contrasts of

mother and a mom and beloved mommy

and she knows if the news is good or bad

just by how they say hello.

 

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