Pay Phone

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Pay Phone



Now men use all the public
telephones in the night.
On the dark avenue
and in the delis and bars,
they hog the phones.
It’s late, they have to
talk with women.
One, with a phone he thinks
is broken, keeps trying
to call the operator, dangerously.
I can’t find a free phone
in twenty blocks and panic
that I’ll reach you too late.