and informs me I’ve reached the wrong party. No problem.
Three identically failed attempts later, however,
and my new friend is losing his patience with me.
This is quite understandable; nevertheless,
we can straighten it all out,
I am certain of it. Apparently
with slow, precise, calm, and convincingly murderous
enunciation, I am informed
that no one by your name has ever lived
at his number, familiar to me as my own.
I sit on the edge of the bed
holding a phone to my head.