The Pastor Leaves a Voice Mail

I took the weekend off from National Poetry Month, but here's a quick one. You want to talk to the person. It's why you called, to wade into their sorrow, gripping your tether.

But the poignant moment is when you call and hear their voice, their recorded voice, their before-voice, before their dear one slumped to the floor, before the doctor gave that head-tilt look.

It breaks your heart, they are so cheerful, reciting that banal modern liturgy on an unassuming Thursday.