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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: On the Telephone (11/18/10)

TITLE: Hold That Phone
By Verna Cole Mitchell
11/22/10


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The telephone’s an instrument
With cause to irritate.
It rings as I go out the door
And nearly makes me late.

When I have just stepped in the shower,
Some callers seem to know.
The same is true when I sit down
To watch a TV show.

When I have worries on my mind,
I’m slow to get to sleep;
Then strident ringing startles me
Awake from slumbers deep.

At times, while talking with a friend
On matters of import,
A snafu happens to the line
That cuts discussion short.

I might be on the no-call list,
But some are still persistent
To sell me something I don’t want.
In fact, they’re quite insistent.

I phone the doctor’s office,
Where my call is then delayed.
I’m forced to “hold” and listen while
Some dreadful music’s played.

For business calls of years ago,
I had not long to wait,
But now to reach my party, I
Press numbers one through eight.

Just when I thought there was no way
The phone could be more vexing,
The cellphone of the modern age
Wed teen-agers to texting.

The phone’s indeed a nuisance, an
Intrusive aggravation,
But each fault is forgotten ‘mid
My children’s conversation.


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Lynda Schultz 11/25/10
How true. Nicely done.
Joanne Sher 11/29/10
A fun piece. Clever rhymes and truth. LOVE it.
Caitlyn Meissner11/30/10
You covered the telephone topic quite thoroughly. This was lots of fun to read. Good job!
Carol Penhorwood 12/02/10
Isn't that the truth?! Love the way your rhyme and rhythm flow...always.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/02/10
Congratulations in placing 9th in level 4 and 19th overall.
Beth LaBuff 12/03/10
Verna, You humorously captured every irritating instance in this and made it enjoyable! I especially liked this, "The cellphone of the modern age -- Wed teen-agers to texting." This deserves an "F - U - N" rating! :)