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In My Pocket – A Wrong Number Makes A Song

One evening several years ago, I arrived at my cottage in the mountains of West Virginia to find a strange message on my answering machine.


Seeing the red blinking “1” on the clunky analog box, I pressed the “play” button. The mini-cassette inside rewound with a screech and then the message began to play.

“Do you have a place to stay?”

Well, needless to say, I was confused. And touched. The caller was no one I knew, yet he seemed to be in desperate straits.


That week I had been working on an accapella song, reflecting on the signs of my power that I carry around in my pocket every day.


The song seemed to fit with the stranger’s request on the answering machine. So I turned on my tape recorder, repeated the message several times, and then sang the lyrics to the simple melody in my head.

The answering machine died long ago. The song has been stored on my hard drive for years.

The stranger who called? I did try to call him back that evening long ago, but I was unable to reach him.

I do hope he found a place to stay.

3 thoughts on “In My Pocket – A Wrong Number Makes A Song

  1. Oops! I really didn’t mean to post this! I was actually going to post this message I just wrote on my phone because I hate writing in these boxes !
    Hi there! I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading your post! To say it is great (not just this post, all of yours!) is an understatement. You are really talented (:
    Because of how much I loved this post I had to check out your blog and I couldn’t help but follow you because your blog is both amazing and beautiful! I am so happy I came across your blog and I can’t wait to read more from you, keep it up (:
    By the way this comment is towards all of your blog posts because they are all equally amazing and incredible (:


      1. You are so welcome and sorry for that mishap. I actually only copied and pasted my post because I tweeted about it! Can’t wait to read more from you (:


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