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The handset receiver of a rotary phone hanging by its wire.
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bruised skinned bloody
knees always betray
steel face and mission
statement gait, because
in your freedom
there is power over me;
I, forced to rely on you,
my need incremental
pours down on you torrential
eroding that which was once
concrete, solid
until the remains are sediment
and I, corrosive — please,
pick up the phone.

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Kashawn Taylor is a writer incarcerated in Connecticut.