The Hello Girls : Sunday Salon

The Hello Girls


Good morning. Operator.
A few hundred calls an hour. Inferno.
Red lights: incoming white lights: connected
damn thing ablaze at all hours.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m. for the new girls, stuffing cords into
machine mouths:
Schenectady 793,
Saratoga 518,
up to the Stony Creek corner payphone.
1957: there is a script. Not Yes but Surely
to the man calling Detroit collect.
The voice was to sparkle. The smile comes through.
One ring, the metal click and
slide of ten girls plugging in.

10:15 and 3:15
could never come fast enough and
if she blinked–Hold, please
she might miss a break, pull the plug on a man
who called her sweetheart.


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  4. Reetta Naapanki on August 15th, 2008 11:13 am

    I used to know KC when I was an exchange student in Bangor High School, Maine (1988-1989). My last name was Pesonen at that time. Thanks to the internet I’ve had a chance to read some of KC’s poems even here in Finland and I’m very happy for KC’s success. Poems play an important part in my life – they make life worth living. Do you think that you could send this message with my e-mail address to KC – I’d love to get in touch with her again!
    “To life, to life L’haim”.
    I really apreciate your help.

    Sincerely, Reetta Naapanki (Pesonen)