Phone Booth Dreams

a lost cowboy
has traded his
dead horse
for more reliable
mountain sunsets
for those of the shore,
starry skies
for boardwalks.
most nights he
seeks out the
neon phone booth
on the dark beach,
dials her number —
hanging up without
the sound of
her voice

Written for The Mag photo prompt.


Filed under Poetry, Poetry - Prompts

13 responses to “Phone Booth Dreams

  1. suz

    ah, that was real nice
    well done….my favorite

  2. Shawna

    “hanging up without
    the sound of
    her voice

    Awww, this is so sweet, Mark! And sad, of course.

    Love the intro; it really captures his heavy heart and loss:
    “a lost cowboy
    has traded his
    dead horse”

  3. LoveloveLOVE this. Not a more perfect story for this photo. Clicked over to find your wordle, and saw this on accident before writing mine. Now a bit intimidated. Seriously, perfect. 🙂

  4. nice…you know, def feel this one…great character sketch on him as well…lost cowboy and dead horse lead well into the next…

  5. Very romantic, and a unique take on the prompt. Loneliness and love drive people to do strange things. Nicely conceived and written.

  6. I read a little strangeness into his personality as well. Your main character seems very noncommittal, which suggests loneliness, possible quirkiness…. a cowboy without a horse is seldom good news. You can tell a great response to the prompt, when the reader is left wondering. Thank you for sharing this, Mark.

  7. Touching, but tell the cowboy I think he should talk to her!

  8. really like where you went with this Mark…nicely done

  9. The voice of a loved one is always good to hear…

  10. Helen

    I think many of us have made that call .. only to hang up after hearing “the voice.” I know I have.

    Great Magpie!

  11. rickdstokes

    I can see this happening in my mind.
    ” neon phone booth
    on the dark beach,”
    Very nice.

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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