When To Call Home


when life is hard
when it isn’t
when all you get from friends are
answering machines
when it’s too early to call anyone else
when you have cosmic questions
or want to know how long to cook pasta
when you need an over-forty point of view
when you wish to be celebrated
when you need a reality check
or permission to dream
when you know no one else would get the punch line
or put up with you in certain moods
or just enjoy the sound of your voice
when you’re homesick
and when you’re not