For Steven Smith, Wherever He May Be


The telephone rang, I heard a stranger's voice say,
"Could you help me find my son?
I've been calling every Smith in this city of yours,
Could it be that you're the one?"

"I haven't heard from him in seventeen years
And lost track of where he's been.
I think he went to Columbus Ohio,
I'd like to hear his voice,
I'd like to see his face,
I want to hold him once again."

The longing in her voice spoke of hundreds of things
That they never said out loud.
Like, "I'm sorry," "I love you," "I miss you, my son,
Please let's not be over proud."

"I haven't heard from him in seventeen years
And lost track of where he's been.
I think he went to Columbus Ohio,
I'd like to hear his voice,
I'd like to see his face,
I want to hold him once again."

I thought for a moment that I'd say I was he,
And that now her search was through.
But that intended act of kindness would have been a foul lie
And I couldn't be that cruel.

I share my name with a thousand strangers
Linked by the anvil and the forge.
Touching each other in unintended ways.
Are you out there somewhere,
Lost in this city
Longing for this mother of yours?

The telephone rang, I heard a stranger's voice say,
"Could you help me find my son?
I've been calling every Smith in this city of yours ...
Well, maybe he'll be the next one."

Copyright 1994, Steven K. Smith
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