First, the old-fashioned dial tone,
zenith of nothingness.
Who invented that?

A not-quite silent radio
after the midnight
sign-off prayer,

blues singer fading to needle hiss
when a Victrola winds down in
an empty room.

At the tone, the time will be
three a.m.



Trish Saunders is a former journalist & content manager who divides her time between Seattle and Honolulu, and (in her imagination, on the shores of Crescent Lake). She's published in Right Hand Pointing, Off The Coast, Seattle Review, Gnarled Oak, Eunoia, Silver Birch Press, and Blast Furnace Press.

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