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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)

TITLE: On the Line
By Melanie Kerr
07/24/08


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Buzzing, bleeping
Chirping, cheeping
Through the house
Its call is sweeping

Frantic shrilling
Most demanding
“Answer now!”
Its cry commanding

”Hold the line, please”
Soon connecting
Conversation
Soon directing

Tele-sales and
“Double Glazing”
In your region
How amazing

“A life time offer
Could be yours!”
A woman’s voice
Insists, implores

Windows, doors
And patios
The list is endless
On it goes

Another call
“You’ve won a prize!”
A time share deal
What a surprise!

And so the phone
Continues ringing
Strangers, friends
Upon you flinging

Aunty Ethel,
Brother Jim
Some folks cheerful
Many grim

Twisted chords
In fingers resting
Concentration
Soon invested

Idle chatter
Nonsense spilling
Swinging legs
Reclining, chilling

“She never did?”
Secrets sharing
Views exchanged
Thoughts comparing

Time slinks by
Much unheeded
Tasks ignored
Jobs impeded

“Really?” “Never!”
Exclamations
Gossip girls
Indulge temptations

Time to end the
Tattle- tailing
Flow of conversation
Failing

“See you later,”
Call completed
Push the button
Next caller greeted


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Lynda Schultz 07/24/08
Neat flow. Well done.
Joanne Sher 07/26/08
Love the meter of this - just right! A great read.
Catrina Bradley 07/26/08
The short lines and the quick rhythm are perfect for this piece. I really like this!
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/29/08
Delightful rhythm, rhyme, and ideas.
Karen Wilber 07/29/08
I sure enjoyed the snappy meter in this rhyme. My favorite part--the bit about all the offers from marketers. (How amazing--what a surprise) Do I detect a hint of sarcasm? LOL This is fun to read.