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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: On the Telephone (11/18/10)

TITLE: Serenity of an Uncluttered Life
By Verna Mull
11/20/10


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I never liked to talk on the telephone.
We never had one until I was thirteen.
It seemed strange to stare at a box on the wall,
And have conversation with one I’d never seen.

But even if I knew the name and the voice,
I couldn’t see the sparkle or frown in the eye.
It seemed so hard to express all that I felt;
I could hardly wait to tell my friend, “Good-by.”

Through the years I have adjusted a little;
But I still put off a call when I can.
It seems that “the thing” rings incessantly,
And life becomes so much harder to plan.

When I go to visit a very dear friend,
She always seems to be talking “on the “phone.”
So in this day of communication,
Why do I often feel left all alone?

I know a phone can be very important.
Yet, when it seems nearly glued to each ear;
We’ve lost the communication in our families;
And that is one thing I’ve always held dear

Now, with the calling and all of the texting,
I wonder what will be next on the scene.
How I long for the happy days of childhood,
When living at home seemed to be so serene.


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Yvonne Blake 11/27/10
I don't like talking on a phone either - maybe that's why I write.
Joanne Sher 11/29/10
Great title for this - and a message we do need to remember. Person-to-person is so much more special.
Lillian Rhoades 11/29/10
Oh, how often have I had similar thoughts. Nice rhythm, great message, well done.
Christine Ramey11/29/10
I loved this! Its hard to think of life in a world with no tv, computer and yes even phones. They have all seemed to taken a little of that person-to-person relationship away. Keep writing.