Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.


It Goes Like This

Someone greets you, or you greet them, and you both stand and chat,
Then, during that conversation, things suddenly go flat.
Someone else has come along, greeting who you’re talking to,
And a new conversation has proceeded without you.

Or maybe you’re included in this new conversation,
But you’re still far from happy you’ve had this visitation.
However, you bear with it, though wishing that it weren’t so,
And feel guilty that you’re hoping they will very soon go.

Yes, we should approach with care those having a conversation,
Lest we act somewhat rudely and cause some irritation.
Who knows whether it’s private, and how much that chat might mean
To either of those chatting, when we chance upon that scene.

Unless it is very clear they’re welcoming us their way,
We shouldn’t interrupt them lest their chatting go astray.
Just give them a quick greeting, and then continue walking,
For we shouldn’t try to join two people who are talking.

Those who are busy chatting should sometimes gently convey
That our greeting them is fine if we don’t intend to stay.
But if we act correctly, they won’t need to say a thing,
For we will simply greet them, and thoughtfully elsewhere swing.

Perhaps one of those greeted might be happy if we stay,
But what about the other? Do they also feel that way?
Hence there’s a need for prudence when we see people talking,
So, sometimes just say, “Hello,” and still continue walking.

Yes, a little thought’s needed in case we disturb a chat,
As either of those we greet may not appreciate that.
Imagine how you might feel if such a visitation
Spoilt or put an end to your own deep conversation.

By Lance Landall

It's A People Problem

Those cell phone calls that abruptly end conversations can annoy,
And some moments that should never be interrupted can destroy.
Thus, it’s time that those who're bothered by such, protested assertively,
And it's time that receivers of such calls acted more thoughtfully.

And as for those ring tones — most are another aggravation,
Such being loud, jarring, infantile — not worthy of toleration.
Yes, more noise pollution that assaults the ear, delivers a blow,
Thereby causing one to grimace, turn away, and exclaim, “Oh, no!”

And even more so when they erupt within a church, (a no-no),
For such, a total lack of respect and reverence goes to show.
A church is no place for cell phones, (nor many ring tones that one hears),
That distract the speakers and listeners, and that interrupt prayers.

One purpose of cell phones is for contacting someone urgently,
Another is, for contacting someone wherever they may be.
But often one can’t, for their cell phone's in their car, needs charging, or,
There’s some other reason, which sees some stewing and pacing the floor.

Despite all those brain tumour warnings, they’re seldom away from ears,
Most folk seemingly unconcerned — and shouting, thus everyone hears.
Though people don't need to shout, it seems that most think that they have to,
Be those people in a hospital, library, or in some queue.

Yes, all those cell phone users should show some manners — etiquette — and,
Where it's needed, more folk should state their disapproval, make a stand,
For tolerating such poor behaviour simply aids and abets,
And thereby a precedent for more inconsiderateness sets.

An example, you ask?  Emails!  For here, thoughtlessness prevails too,
Given that some folk don’t reply, or take ages to get back to you.
Courtesy always goes a long way, and here, it should be seen too,
Lest a business deal, an appointment, or some friendship, goes askew.

If you’re busy, tell folk — tell them that you’ll get back to them, and,
Make sure that you do — for saying and not doing — most folk can’t stand.
Yes, don’t get people wondering, nor leave them hanging in the air,
But rather, act more thoughtfully — acknowledge them — thus acting fair.

Even answer phones are often abused, (hidden behind, as it were),
Some messages not being answered, which suspicion or upset can stir.
And sometimes all one ever seems to get is someone’s answer phone,
Or an ear piecing fax machine that injures ears and sees one groan.

Yes, it’s purely a people problem, so don’t blame technology,
For it’s simply — how, when, and where such is used — inevitably.
And which something that is positive or negative will convey,
And which those at the receiving end will either delight or dismay.

By Lance Landall