Confession II: The Collect
And how should a prodigal pick up the phone?
And what, if there is an answer, is the proper address
to the offended: “Hello” sounds rather formal, and given
the circumstance, long distance and all, a bit unwise,
rhetorically. And we’re speaking here not even of the Father,
but only the father, who lives in his lost boy in the merest code,
invisible ladder of hair loss, helix of manic sadness and glee.
“Daddy” seems best, most pathetic, the desire being,
in this exchange, to entice him to accept the charges,
to fill the receiver with his most familiar voice.