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Clergy Call

Got a lady on the phone with an emergency: she had to go to the hospital with her husband.

Ordinarily I would have done almost what I did this time: hope everything goes well and get off the phone as soon as possible.

This time, though, my eyes filled before I'd even cut the connection. I sang a brief prayer. I was the clergy on the spot this time, I guess...

There are moments in this job when I feel that the general inconvenience of calling at bad times is made up for by the help I can give by calling at just the right time.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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