From here to there

On the telephone we ask "are you there."
that we are not here.
Yet asking, in knowing we are not here
why then do we not infer we are there?
So quietly
I say
"we are not there, we are here"
to the silence on the other end
which leaves confused silence
and confusion
a changing
"can I speak with…"
which answered
from here to there
is "can you speak?"
more silence
more rustling
until others intervence
and the here
and there
merge into a chatter
of like sounds and bells.
and I am left wondering
if we are here
and not there
then why, when others are not here
but there
do they ask are you there?

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