“Is it raining there?”your voice on the phonewondered for no reasonright at the end.It was, where you were.I looked out. It wasn’t.But after I hung upthe dumb receiver(why couldn’t we bothhave stayed off the hook?)in a minute or twoI saw a few sprinkles,confirming the proverb,you might say, aboutthe just and the unjust.But only just.
—Robert B. Shaw, “Toll Call”Photography Credit Melvin Yap.

“Is it raining there?”
your voice on the phone
wondered for no reason
right at the end.
It was, where you were.
I looked out. It wasn’t.
But after I hung up
the dumb receiver
(why couldn’t we both
have stayed off the hook?)
in a minute or two
I saw a few sprinkles,
confirming the proverb,
you might say, about
the just and the unjust.
But only just.

Robert B. Shaw, “Toll Call”
Photography Credit Melvin Yap.

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