I call you on the telephone

But you're not on the line

It looks as if I'm left alone

And you're no longer mine.


I'd send a telegram or two

On them I'd write upon

The words I'd like to say to you

But telegrams have gone.


I try to call again - contrite,

And hope you'll answer me

Or was last night our final fight

And love a memory?


Forgive this man - please hear my ring

And free me from this fever

When you hear my ting-a-ling

Just pick up your receiver.


Success!  You're there - I start to stutter

You put me on the rack

And having left me in the gutter

You suddenly change tack.


You whisper how you love me still

And want me for your own

Our lines engaged - a lifetime bill

I stare down at the 'phone.


I listen to your marriage plan

With me the chosen one

I'm sorry love, I'm not your man...

I say what's done is done.


And now my 'phone rings more and more

But I refuse to heed it

Instead I've locked it in a draw

It'll stay there till I need it!




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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Sat 14th Jan 2012 18:07

Hi M.C.
I like this poem very much

Coincidental,same theme that
I,ve used in my latest poem
to which you kindly commented on.

Thank you!

Patricia Wilde.x

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Wed 4th Jan 2012 20:45

English humor is too hard for me. lol

stella jones

Wed 4th Jan 2012 17:30

Ha! Could see it all out for those flying frying pans! :)

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 4th Jan 2012 01:55

Larisa - we have a saying here that "a man chases a woman until she catches him". A man
likes the chase but a woman seeks more...often
a cause of problems! My verse sought to say
something similar - with "tongue in cheek".
A book of English "phrases and sayings" can be
a valuable acquisition for anyone trying to understand the mindset and humour of U.K.
Rachel - know what you mean. But nostalgia ain't what it used to be...:-)

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Tue 3rd Jan 2012 20:58

Oh! Forgot to remind you the words of our Pushkin: The less we love a woman the more she likes us. lol

With warmest wishes, Larisa

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Tue 3rd Jan 2012 19:23

The poem is really nice, but.... it doesn't remind me anything and ....I can't see any humor here. It tells me about some men's or women's nature: to satisfy your own ego and can go to hell. Poor woman! She believed that the man loved her. But....
I can only imagine that their age was between 20 - 30. A woman planned to have a family with the loved one. A man, hearing about marriage, was just afraid to be bound. the same time, he wanted to know that someone loved him. When he found out about it he stopped communications. Isn't it a satisfaction of someone's ego?

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Rachel Bond

Tue 3rd Jan 2012 13:57

:) i like this, it reminds of 'i need a little time..' beautiful south same kind of twist. light and humorous.

cant be doing with the phone, i would like to live in a world with no electricity never mind personal computers and telephones..what do we do with all the time that gadgets save us? even cars and aeroplanes are time travel machines and warp our expectations as we are able to travel 1000s miles in a matter of hours. we dont have to move anymore with the invention of the laptop. its a beautiful virtual world, but it wasnt that long ago that we had none of this stuff and im sure candlelight and parchment scroll were all the rage x

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