Worried About Someone

when you're worried about someone
and suffering
because you haven't heard from him
and the message you hear when you call
never ever changes
and you think he should have been here by now,
a long time ago actually,
and despite the existence of all these devices
which send signals to space and back
to help us stay in touch
you hear nothing
and know nothing
and so can do nothing
but pray
and get on with life
like they must have done in the days
when letters took six months to cross the ocean

but at night, when you have time to worry again
you lie awake and think of all the dreadful things
that may have happened to keep him away

and when he suddenly shows up- in one piece at that,
you spank yourself for having had no faith at all;
for this has all happened before

Franco Bertucci


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