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Poem: 27 voice messages a daughter will refuse to ever listen to, having inherited her father's cell phone shortly after the evening he departed, never to return. Photo: public domain

Poem: “27 voice messages”

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27 voice messages

There are
27 voice messages
in your cell phone
I inherited –

27 missed calls
you’ll never
be able to answer.

It’s almost
7 months since
I first spotted them,

7 days after
the evening you left us.

I imagine
27 messages
of concern, perhaps
from faraway friends –

27 calls,
a week or a day
too late to be heard.

I won’t open them;
they’d only serve
to remind me of

the last hours I still 
could hope somehow 
you’d stand up.

For Dad. Ana Ribeiro, 10/02/2017

An aspiring social scientist and former newspaper reporter, an avid eater, a pseudo-philosopher and poet, an occasion-propelled singer, a semi-professional socializer, a movie addict, a Brazilian-American nomad. In this space, she will share some of her experiences and (mis)adventures regarding various topics, but with special attention to travel, entertainment and lifestyle.


  1. Nice poem Ana…Proof of life, like the scent that remains in the deceased ‘s clothes for a while after death

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