Mum’s voicemails

41 seconds of crunching pavement
two minute conversations of interlaced Yoruba and English
intermittent cough in otherwise silent 30 seconds or
seven seconds of “hello, hello, hellooooo”
rarely meaningful messages like “call me back”,
glittering glimpses into her everyday life
and her completely unrelated complaints about
being charged ridiculous prices by Orange
and how these network companies are crooks…

I listen every time.