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Robo Calls
Signe Eklund Schaefer


The phone rings,
a recorded voice ominously commands,
Call this number
the IRS is filing a lawsuit against you.
My husband hangs up laughing,
but as we speak of the trickery
behind this cruel tape
the phone rings again.
I take it this time:
Congratulations, youíve been selected
for a free cruise to the Bahamas.
Hanging up once more
I wonder aloud
if the trip is to be scheduled before
or after the arrival of the IRS.

© by Signe Eklund Schaefer.
Used with the authorís permission.

Signe Eklund Schaefer is the author of three books and her articles and poems have appeared in several anthologies and journals. She has a new book coming out this summer: I Give You My Word - Women’s Letters as Life Support, 1973-1987, based on a box of old letters she found in her attic. Signe has lived and taught in many different countries, always pondering the mysteries of human life and development. Now retired, she has rediscovered the joy of inviting poems to express daily moments and memories. Signe lives in western Massachusetts with her husband of 50+ years, and recently created a chapbook, Because Love Speaks, for her family.




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Lori Levy:
Funny and true.
Posted 03/09/2019 11:01 PM
Well done and oh so current!
Posted 03/09/2019 12:55 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
A sensitive and humorous take on another challenge of our "brave new world." I totally empathize and appreciate the laugh.
Posted 03/09/2019 11:42 AM
We got those same phone calls, but were never arrested and never made it to the Bahamas. Thanks.
Posted 03/09/2019 09:24 AM

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