The Party Line


Norman Rockwell’s The Party Wire (1919)


Double Etheree

Party Line


ring ring ring
party line ring
that’s my number code
Jeff and I planned this call
click… our cue nosy spinster
is listening on party line…
Jeff: ” That old hag still living upstairs?”
I answer: “Yep, ugly face that one”…. Click

click…she is back again…”Jeff you got a girl?”
“Yep, yep mate, luscious boobs on that one!”
“Lucky mate! You done it yet Jeff?”
“Yep, yep, we talk about risks.”
“Can I ask for her name?”
“Jessica Mont Clair”.
” But…That’s the name…
of… upstairs”?
line went

©Hélène Vaillant


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