The Telephone

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The Telephone was published in Mountain Interval in 1920.
An illustration for the story The Telephone by the author Robert Frost
An illustration for the story The Telephone by the author Robert Frost
An illustration for the story The Telephone by the author Robert Frost
'When I was just as far as I could walk 
From here today,
There was an hour 
All still 
When leaning with my head against a flower 
I heard you talk. 
Don't say I didn't, for I heard you say-- 
You spoke from that flower on the window sill- 
Do you remember what it was you said?' 

'First tell me what it was you thought you heard.' 

'Having found the flower and driven a bee away, 
I leaned on my head 
And holding by the stalk, 
I listened and I thought I caught the word-- 
What was it? Did you call me by my name? 
Or did you say-- 
Someone said "Come" -- I heard it as I bowed.' 

'I may have thought as much, but not aloud.' 

"Well, so I came.' 

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