Linda Neuer
No Answer

What is the sound of one voice not speaking?
After my initial greeting,
some instinct keeps me
on the other end of the line,
sensing someone is there.
I listen for breathing
or other background noise.
Nothing threatens
in the silence. Words
would worry me more.
After slow seconds,
I disconnect, and notice
my shepherd puppy busy
with her reflection
in the hallway mirror.
She pounces toward and barks at herself,
thinking it's one of her unapproachable kin.