Calls

Calls

It started with a “Hello?”

Sometime ago when we first met.

We then grew on each other

Even though we didn’t really meet.

A while back, before me he stood

Impeccably dressed.

Sporting a radiant smile and an out-stretched palm

“Hi”, he said.

I had glanced at his palm and asked,

“Do you know me?”

He smiled, “No, but I wanted to introduce myself

Why do you ask?”

“Probably the familiar way you greeted me.

I apologise. Hi”, I replied

Accepting the handshake.

We began to see a lot of each other

And thrice did I ask:

“Are you certain you didn’t know me when you walked up to me?”

And finish up with:

“Oh, just the familiar way you greeted me?”

I pondered, “Would he remember from back then?”

My name: He didn’t

My number: He’d apparently lost it

Surely my voice on the phone: No luck there either.

You see, I was a tad suspicious

I had snuck a peek of him then

So naturally I wondered,

He really didn’t do the same?

My phone rang; I stared at it

“Did he now know?”

Hello or Hi?

I picked; Hi!

We fixed a date.

He was seated already; a stickler for time.

I should have known something was amiss:

He didn’t rise to acknowledge my presence

He didn’t welcome me with a smile.

I sat and waited.

He looked at me and beat me to it

“So that was you?” In shock, I nodded.

He was disappointed

I was ashamed.

Apparently, he’d told his colleagues about me;

Colleagues I’d met in person.

Somehow the confusion was cleared up

And that was how he knew.

Don’t get me wrong

He was a friend;

A great one I should add

So it really stung: I had let down my friend.

Days later, my phone rings.

I stare at it and sigh heavily:

I am joyous yet unsure if to smile

“What do I say?”

‘Hello’ or ‘Hi’?

I pick and say…



24 thoughts on “Calls” by abby (@abby)

  1. Hi! Because of the informal way he has been greeting you…
    Nice one Abby.

    1. Well I hope so. lol
      Thanks sir!

  2. hmmmm
    this one is kinda different Abby.
    i hope i got the message.

    1. Well, tell us what meaning you got from it and we’ll see then.

      Thanks!

  3. ‘hello’. Lol. Abby, you have to explain this to me o.

    1. ‘Hi’ babe. Will do.

  4. Yes Abby,waiting on you for insight into this.

  5. Hmmm, Kinda so real right now for me..
    This is good abby..

  6. Good poem. Good use of words. Meaning, a little far. Let me guess. They met in the past, then meet after a long while, seems things’ve changed especially from the guy’s side. Another guess. They’ve been friends on phone, they later meet and the guy’s not impressed. Another guess. They both know each other but the guy doesn’t know she’s the one he’s talking with on phone. So they meet and the guy’s disappointed. No me didn’t get it. So Abby?

    1. Jay, you were almost right. So near but then drifted. Lemme help:
      As described by you
      Scene 1: Met in the past = check
      Meet after a long while = check
      Things’ve changed especially from the guy’s side = duh

      Scene 2: Friends on phone = check
      The rest as scene 1

      Scene 3: They both know each other but the guy doesn’t know she’s the one he’s talking with on phone. = check
      Where do you keep getting the ‘disappointed’ part from? lol

      Thanks Jay; great insights on the above.

  7. Yet another guess; he hadn’t known her, but she’d seen him before. She has a shady past though, and she didn’t tell him before he found out.

    1. Nay sir; no shady nothing here oh. Haba
      “Hadn’t known her”, you say? Hmmm, I believe he had known her; though in a certain kinda way.

      Ese gan.

  8. This is something…wish I could try guessing but I’ll leave you to wake me up from too much dream searching my mind out….Beautiful …abby….

    1. lol sir, try now. Haha thanks for reading.

  9. Nice. Really nice. Referring to
    “‘Hello’ or ‘Hi’?

    I pick and say…”
    (If i am allowed to push this beyond the boundaries of this poem) i think the writer response here should be based on how he/she wants to the relationship to flow. As in, should the relationship remain as it was (over the phone) or should it blossom to the next level (face to face communication)?

    1. Mr C; will say that I agree that the response should be based on how (s)he wants the relationship to flow. It also depends on if she’s been forgiven; placing that solely in her friend’s camp. They have met though and have a face-to-face relatonship now, the next level would/should be beyond that.

      Thanks for taking time out to comment.

  10. I am also guessing like Mr. C, that they had a thriving phone relationship, and a not so familiar face -to-face one. So when he discovered that the chick on the phone was the chick he already knew, he was disappointed….anyway great job Abby…really got me thinking…but like everyone else, I need an explanation.

  11. I am also guessing like Mr. C, that they had a thriving phone relationship, and a not so familiar face -to-face one. So when he discovered that the chick on the phone was the chick he already knew, he was disappointed….anyway great job Abby…really got me thinking…but like everyone else, I still need an explanation.

    1. You are almost spot on girl, the “not so familiar face-to-face” makes me wonder if you read it properly. Thanks though!

      Have gained all sorts of insights that I never thought about this. Have given all the pointers I can; let’s see who gets it right now.

  12. i like the story incorporated in this poem, though the message wasn’t too clear at the ending.

    1. Adeyinka, thanks for reading.

      The end? Well, considering their last outing, she doesn’t know what to expect now that he’s calling. Would he want to revert to the days before the physical contact ‘Hello’ or has he forgiven her ‘Hi’? She doesn’t know what to say when she picks the call. My take is she’ll probably mumble her way through.

  13. Okay,just got the gist from your comments.
    looks like there was a story in tween those lines.
    real nice.

    1. Anderson, tell me what you think already. lol

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