Analysis of If Heaven Had a Telephone

Audra Caffrey 1967 (Boston)

If Heaven had a telephone
I'd call you everyday.
To check on you like I used to do
Before you went away.

Whether on my way to work
Or to the grocery store.
You were always just a call away
But now you are no more.

If Heaven had a telephone
I'd call you everyday.
To say "I love you" like I used to do
Before you went away.

No longer will I get your call
Or hear your voice today.
I will forever have your memory
That will never go away.

If Heaven had a telephone
I'd call you everyday.
Complaining like I used to do
When my life was in array.

You always had the best advice
A mother's point of view.
You made sure to always end those calls
With, "I believe in you".

If Heaven had a telephone
I'd call you everyday
And ask me like you used to do
"What's on your list today"

Even when your words were harsh
I knew just what you meant.
Your love will be your legacy
Humility your strength.

If Heaven had a telephone
I would have called that day.
But I heard your voice, "I'll be ok"
The day you went away.

Sis Claire Travers-kearneyrose
1/25/43 - 10/03/20

Scheme ABcB xdbd ABcB xbeb ABcb fcxc ABcb xxex Abbb fx
Poetic Form
Metre 1101010 111101 111111111 011101 1011111 1101001 10110101 111111 1101010 111101 1111111111 011101 11011111 111101 1101011100 1110101 1101010 111101 01011111 1111001 1110101 010111 11111111 110101 1101010 111101 01111111 111101 1011101 111111 11111100 010011 1101010 111111 111111111 011101 11101 1
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,061
Words 235
Sentences 17
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2
Lines Amount 38
Letters per line (avg) 21
Words per line (avg) 6
Letters per stanza (avg) 80
Words per stanza (avg) 21

About this poem

My mom was my best friend and my rock. She never gave up on me during my alcohol and drug addiction and, for that, I'm celebrating 5 years clean and sober October 15th. She fought cancer 3x over 16 years and she lived beyond her doctor's expectations... But not for those who knew her. I called her every single day to check on her. A habit that is proving hard to break when I jump in my car to head somewhere. You never truly know how much someone is a part of your every day life until they're not there. She lost her battle on October 3rd, 2020 and left behind a legacy of unconditional love, unwavering faith and a courageous warrior. She will be missed by so many. She was the glue that bound our family together. 

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Written on October 10, 2020

Submitted by HappyNBlessed on January 12, 2022

Modified by HappyNBlessed

1:13 min read

Audra Caffrey

I live in Florida and I am a local dessert vendor called The Ice Queen. I started writing poetry in elementary school and never thought much about it. I think it has a lot to do with being a hopeless romantic and I'm hypersensitive to other people's emotions, circumstances, relationships and everything in between. I found out later while in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction that poetry was a huge part of my recovery. I used poetry to help express myself and put my thoughts to paper. I can't write on a whim like some. I found that my poetry is inspired by my surroundings and how they have impacted me at that moment. Poetry is such a blessing and a beautiful form of expression that I get to share with others. more…

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