local_library Phone Call

by R.J. Zeman

Published in Issue No. 249 ~ February, 2018

He calls

me up

in the afternoon:

he just

got out

of the mental ward.

He tells me

he’s going to be

homeless soon.

His voice

is slurred;

I can tell

he’s been


“I don’t know

what to do,” he says.

I tell him

I wish

I could help.

He rambles on


a few more minutes;

I tell him

I have to go.

I hang up

and walk outside,

into the big,

cruel world.

A pretty girl

drives by

in an expensive

jet black car.

She looks

at me

and smiles.

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R.J. Zeman is a poet from Dunedin, Florida. He is a 2007 graduate of the Creative Writing program at F.S.U.