On Me Phone

entry picture


There must be a hundred

In this caff,

But no one’s talking

Or having a laugh

Tap, tap, tapping

Looking all alone

Tap, tap tapping

On their phones!


On our phones!

On our phones!

Like a billion other

Useless drones                          

We’re on our phones!


You ignore the dude beside you

Cos you haven’t got a clue!

Focus on the silly white screen

What’s that say about you?

Talk to someone face to face!

Get off your phone

Join the human race!


I heard you having a hissy fit.

I heard you scream and shout!

I wondered what calamity

Had brought this rage about.

It seems it wasn’t World War Three,

But your battery had run out!



You struggle to communicate

Can’t meet me eye to eye!

It’s a wonder we can procreate

Or meet a mate before we die.

We’re drowning in a sea of news

Designed to catch our eye.

We’re really desperate to escape

But we will not even try!

When the pinger pings

Got to read that text!

The telephone rings

What happens next?

“Don’t mind me, mate,

Go on, answer it!”

We’re slaves to those

Who sell this shit!


On our phones!

On our phones!

Like a billion other

Stupid drones                                 

We’re on our phones!






◄ Kindness

Thanks, Buddy. ►


Profile image

John Botterill

Thu 13th Jan 2022 20:04

Many thanks Leon and Tom. Glad to have provoked such a response!
To be honest I concentrated on the social isolation caused by phones. The phone of me, taken by my wife shows what she tells me is a typical pose. I'm not proud of it!
Phoning whilst driving is at a different level, of course. I share your anger there, Leon. What are people who do that thinking? 😡
Thanks, too, for the like, Pete. 😊

Profile image


Thu 13th Jan 2022 15:59

Lots of truth in this one John. Enjoyed! I try my best to stay off the thing when in company (which seems to annoy people messaging me always expecting a prompt reply) but I have to admit the phone does occupy a lot of my attention when I'm not.

Leon's point about drivers and phones is a good one. I was driving at night a couple of days ago and the driver in front didn't have their lights on. They couldn't understand why people kept flashing them or having near misses at junctions... When I got up close, I realised the driver was on a video call with someone.

**head in hands**

Profile image


Thu 13th Jan 2022 15:40

and of course all of the pointed out faults in the poem and following comment's didn't hit on ( I say this most respectfully and don't mean it as a nit-pick but it is something that we all are aware of and that is the worst fault of all to do with mobile phones, using them while driving-GRRRR!!! BIGTIME!!

I think when collisions occur, the first thing the attending police should do is check if the offending drivers phone was being used prior to the crash, and if so, drag them into court especially when a life or lives have been lost due to some brain dead idiot trying to drive while texting and or yapping away

what innocent driving members of the public should definitely be instructed to do is take note of the offenders number plate, note the time and report it to the police.

I think we have all heard of deaths and injuries being caused due to such negligence's.

Profile image

M.C. Newberry

Thu 13th Jan 2022 14:54

It's not the product at fault, it's the user. Like many advances in
technology it can become the companion of the idle mind. Add
to that observation this idle thought: will future generations be
recognisable by the flat ends of certain busy fingers? And maybe even short-sight from infancy? 😏 Evolution takes various forms!

Profile image


Thu 13th Jan 2022 10:58

I thought the saying was-an Apple a day keeps the doctor away-
but it would seem that an-Apple-every second will eventually bring them in in droves and possibly hanging from drones if future tech has got anything to do with it. 😡!

Profile image

John Botterill

Thu 13th Jan 2022 09:21

Exactly right KJ. None of us can stop it. It's almost as if the phone companies have found out how they can make us addicted and then produced it, to sell in their billions! Thanks for your great response!😀

Profile image

kJ Walker

Thu 13th Jan 2022 09:15

A well observed piece.
I used to regularly observe a family having a meal at a local pub. Grandad, dad and three kids including a toddler.
All except grandad were on phones and other devices throughout the whole meal. Poor grandad never got a look in, and was completely ignored until it was time for him to get the bill.

I must admit though, I'm now becoming guilty of spending too much time idly browsing.

Profile image

John Botterill

Thu 13th Jan 2022 06:48

Thanks for your kind comment Stephen. Much appreciated!
As Austen said, though I wasn't there, "Irony is a mirror which reflects everyone's faults except your own." I, too, am a drone!!!

Thanks very much for the likes, John and Holden. 😀

Profile image

Stephen Atkinson

Wed 12th Jan 2022 22:41

Superb poem, John. And must admit I do all my poetry on me phone...pay bills...watch football...even sometimes use it as a phone! ...I'm a phone drone 😭

Profile image

John Botterill

Wed 12th Jan 2022 20:46

Thanks for the like Stephen A 😊

Profile image

John Botterill

Wed 12th Jan 2022 19:34

Thanks for your appreciation, Stephen. There is an element of hypocrisy in this poem as I acknowledge some guilt of my own. I do feel phones are the scourge of modern life, however. Addictive!

Profile image

Stephen Gospage

Wed 12th Jan 2022 17:39

Spectacular stuff, John. This sort of behaviour is everywhere. Before I retired, meetings were plagued by participants texting or talking on phones instead of listening to what was going on. The chair should have nipped this in the bud, but he was often...on his phone.

Profile image

John Botterill

Wed 12th Jan 2022 16:31

Thanks for the like, Brenda 😊

Profile image

John Botterill

Wed 12th Jan 2022 15:15

Thanks MC. You see partners having meals together absorbed in their phones, also. What's the point? 😖

Profile image

M.C. Newberry

Wed 12th Jan 2022 14:51

Well said! My own pet "hate" (I refrain from its literal meaning
now abused by so many in self-righteous pursuit of some cause or other) is the person who will pick up a ringing 'phone and
commence a conversation rather than putting the caller on hold
and giving polite preference to the person actually in front of them.
Shop and other business staff are the most frequent offenders.😫.

Profile image

John Botterill

Wed 12th Jan 2022 12:58

Thanks Keith and Julie for your engaging supportive comments. He typed from his phone... 😁

Profile image

julie callaghan

Wed 12th Jan 2022 12:25

Guilty, she types from her phone😁

Profile image

keith jeffries

Wed 12th Jan 2022 12:21

As a founder of the technophobe movement I endorse and sympathise with every word of this poem. I recently encountered a woman in a supermarket pushing her trolley with one hand and on her mobile with the other. She collided with a man stacking the shelves and only by God's good grace, her child who was also in the trolley, escaped being catapulted out into the aisle. Is this progress? Can't these telephone calls wait for a more appropriate time?
Well said and thank you

If you wish to post a comment you must login.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more Hide this message