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When My Phone Trembles (for D’Angelo)

Nikki Giovanni
Vol. 87 Issue 3

When my phone
Trembles
After midnight
I never think
              of good news:
              Someone’s birthday
              An overseas friend
                            Forgetting
                            The Time difference

I never smell
              Apples baking
              Or nutmeg dancing
              On sweet potatoes
              Yeast rolls rising
              Fish frying

I always look
             For a way to hold
                           Myself
                           Together
Being a 60s person
              I know
                             You have to be
                                           Strong

When my phone trembles
After midnight
I take
A deep breath
Reach for my glasses
Think of my son

And I Pray