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I'm listening to a phone message,
one I saved from a few days ago.

I play it back,
again and again,

hoping, I suppose,
that with repetition
I might hear something different.

Unfortunately,
I keep hearing the same words, in the same order,
saying what it said the first time I played it.

There are a thousand ways to say hello
and a single word for goodbye.

With thanks to maddie

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