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“From the Telephone” was published in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse in August 1922.

From the Telephone

Florence Ripley Mastin

Out of the dark cup
Your voice broke like a flower.
It trembled, swaying on its taut stem.
The caress in its touch
Made my eyes close.

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

Florence Ripley Mastin

Florence Ripley Mastin was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania, in 1886. She published several books of poetry, including Green Leaves (1918) and Cables of Cobweb (1935). She died in 1968. 

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Night fell one year ago, like this.
He had been writing steadily.
Among these dusky walls of books,
How bright he looked, intense as flame!
Suddenly he paused,
The firelight in his hair,
And said, “The time has come to go.”
I took his hand;
We watched the logs burn out;