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Another Cell Phone Poem [May. 19th, 2007|10:05 am]
Tony Grist
This is a companion piece to the poem I posted yesterday. It's a love poem and it's about mobile (cell) phones which back in AD 2000 (strange as it may now seem) were still something of a novelty.

                                    HUGHES UNFRIENDLY


                                    The last time I was up in the hills-

                                    An Autumn day with the rain advancing

                                    From Manchester- I rang you up

                                    On the mobile, told you how blue my view

                                    Of Yorkshire was.


                                                            This technology

                                    Is Ted Hughes-unfriendly. The wilderness

                                    Is optional; I can switch it off

                                    And chat with a person who's sat at home

                                    In an armchair. We're at the point of change

                                    To a way of living that won't see strange

                                    In a few more years. Already they're calling

                                    The Blair Witch Project implausible,

                                    Not because of the ghost but because

                                    "They'd have taken their cell-phones, wouldn't they?"


                                    In the future then people just won't get lost

                                    In the hills or the woods or even the desert.

                                    Wherever they are there'll be friendly voices

                                    A tittup away.


                                                            I remember a morning

                                    The hills really got to  me.  Wraiths of fog

                                    Went slithering past and the copse ahead

                                    Looked good for an ambush. Well, that won't happen

                                    Again, because if my nerve were going 

                                    I 'd give you a call and reduce the space

                                    Between us, including that horrible copse,

                                    To a large scale ordnance survey map,

                                    Spread out on the table with us above it,

                                    Holding  it smooth with our finger tips.



[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2007-05-22 12:12 pm (UTC)
And of course there is also the Internet. Although I can't have you beside my desk while I'm reading this--and I wish I could have when I finished this poem and had a rush of feeling (as one does when one applauds and cheers at the end of a fine orchestral piece) that made me want someone beside me to whom I'd say: "Delightful!"--it's very fun to push the submit button and know that in England one or two minutes away you will get my comment.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-05-22 12:33 pm (UTC)
I hadn't yet encountered the Net when I wrote the poem.

It has changed the world so much.
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From: fickleasever
2007-10-31 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if your mobile phone works, then it's probably great for communication. I wish mine did.

Like the poem, particularly the atmospheric foggy bits.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-31 06:35 pm (UTC)
I hate mobiles. I really do.....
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