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Gedda Ilves August 2008



art by julian ellis

    Gedda Ilves was born in Harbin, North China, of Russian descent. She lived in Shanghai during WWII and then emigrated with her late husband via Brazil to Los Angeles in January 1951.
    Gedda published her first book of poems Grains of Life in 2005. Her work has appeared in Poetic Voices, The Rag, Gentle Strength Quarterly, and two anthologies. Her second book of poems, A View From Within, was published in Spring 2008.



The Phone Call

The sound of the phone
ringing in my ears,
a strange voice
on the other end
like a roar of a distant storm,
a hurricane inside me.

The chill of early morning,
a pale light on the
corner of your desk,
the paleness of your face
so far away that I can only see
in the rearview mirror of my mind.

The voice on the phone
telling me how brave you were,
I know that better than this voice.

Reality recedes -
you have to come back,
I have no one but you...

I can no longer hear the voice,
the receiver slips from my hand.

Sun rays sparkle on the glass
of your photo on the desk;
I always told you
that you resemble Lord Byron
and he lived as long,
fighting in a foreign land.

The voice on the phone is hissing,
I yank the wire from its jack
and sink into black silence.

copyright 2008 Gedda Ilves



Last Night

Last night you said
you loved me
as the lamplight shone
through the window;

the semi-darkness
of the room,
your body's warmth
embraced my life,

as lamplight shone
through the window,
last night you said
you loved me.

copyright 2008 Gedda Ilves