The telephone cord came up from deep inside me,
unusual to say the least. But there it was.
I was sitting at the desk when it rang
How natural to pick up the phone and
I heard a screech coming up the cord
the scream hit my ear hard. like an electric shock.
I spoke in a child’s voice, ‘Mummy, I love you’.
Later a vicious burn appeared on my left cheek.
I had pressed the receiver there in disbelief.