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Meredith Davies Hadaway

[Among the many disappearing things]

Cave Dwellers by Amanda Snyder

The dial tone—small presence
humming under the breath—prelude

to cascading frequencies still
capable of song and voice—

before an automated menu shut
us out—back when the dullest

sound could cut through both
daylight—and darkness—constant

or stuttering—and, when silence
called, could answer.


About the writer:
Meredith Davies Hadaway is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Small Craft Warning, a collaborative volume with artist Marcy Dunn Ramsey. Her previous collection, At the Narrows, was winner of the Delmarva Book Prize. She is currently the Sophie Kerr Poet-in-Residence at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Image: Cave Dwellers by Amanda Snyder (1894-1980). Watercolor on paper. No size specified. 1960. Public domain.

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