Cell Servitude

Cell Servitude

A Poem by barleygirl
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spawned by conversation w/ Norman . . .

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Norm and I might be the only two
with no phone affixed to an ear like glue
nary a mobile minute do we accrue
cell servitude is not in our purview.

Back in the day dad was a cheapskate
our family phone a party line of eight
most every call incurred a high rate
so I didn’t grow into a mobile mandate.

In my little world the ring doesn’t reign
sure you can call me but it might be in vain
cell servitude will never be my bane
sooner or later we’ll touch bases again.

I doubt there will be some missed call
I’m dying to get even if I must crawl
a ringtone isn’t the master over all
compelling me to ricochet like a pinball.

Born independence day I gotta be free
no insistent buzz can ever tether me
but I will stop to watch a buzzing bee
or the breeze caressing a nearby tree.




© 2017 barleygirl



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It is quite amazing. I can recall sitting round the table with the family. The doorbell would chime.
Nobody would budge. The house phone would ring. It was like a stampede as everyone ran to it. The power that thing has is amazing. Everyday i can guarantee, some idiot with a mobile stuck in their face, will walk into the road totally oblivious to the cars coming towards them. People even go into depressed states when they lose them. I wonder what would happen if we had a national no mobile phone day.

Posted 4 Months Ago


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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

Ah yes, the good old days when people talked mostly face to face! *smile* (((HUGS))) Thanks for stop.. read more


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I am sooo with you! I think many of us have a "love-hate' relationship with our phones whether mobile or not. Before answering I check to see if I'm familiar with the area code, if not - well sorry!

Take care - Dave

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

4 Months Ago

I've never had a cell phone & lots of times I unplug my landline thru the entire weekend becuz I jus.. read more
Dave

4 Months Ago

Having family that wants or needs to get in touch makes it difficult to completely shut off the whol.. read more
barleygirl

4 Months Ago

You're blessed to have people that matter (((HUGS)))
I so loved the message of freedom you convey through your wondrous rhythms. I only keep a phone for emergencies, so it is strange for me to go out to eat and see tables of people interacting with the digital world and ignoring those around them. Maybe we'll all learn to be free again one day.

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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

Your commentary here is one of the best I've ever heard! You've nailed my intent perfectly! Thanks f.. read more
An owl on the moon

4 Months Ago

Truly appreciate your poetic thoughts on creating a more beautiful world. (((HUGS))) to you. :)
Barleygirl,
I can relate to everything you wrote. I still do not own a cell phone or debit card. I still write checks and my weekly pay check is not direct deposit.
I like human contact and don't trust technology to do my thinking.
Your poem was a wonderful write and I stand with you.
Peace,
Richie b.

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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

Well, I've been seduced by technology much more than you, it seems . . . but I've never had a cell p.. read more
Like all technology, it loses its usefulness when it becomes mass produced and cheap (relatively)
Now it governs social life and reduces human contact to two thumbs and a tiny screen. Emotions are reduced to " emoticons". Personal confidences now become public megaphones,Your splendid natural isolation is surely the path to sanity in this mad industrial world.

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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

You've hit on an important thing . . . the NOISE LEVEL that all this technology brings to one's mind.. read more
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Much smarter to watch the bees and butterflies if you ask me. Cell phones have become the slave masters of many in our world. What became of going to the beach and relaxing where no one could find you? Those days seem to be gone. We all need alone time...and that means no phones! As always, great rhythm and rhyme. Lydi**

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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

You just reminded me of another way to present this . . . remembering how we all use to congregate a.. read more
No signal where I live. Which come to think of it, looked at in a certain way, says a lot about me.
Pertinant points here. I loath txt spk. I hate the bad manners of people on their phones whilst talking to you, (or not). I hate people saying, " I'm just eating my dinner, Lol" so they have to phone and take pictures of the dread event. As if I cared whether they were eating or becoming one with the cosmos.
This tirade of mine prompts a story, if you will bear with me. A friend had got himself a new phone when we were out walking once and was wishing someone would phone him. When the phone eventually rang he answered with a "Hi, how did you know I was here?"
However onto the poem. Very, very witty and given all the above I was always going to like it. I've found a kindred soul who would rather have two cans and some string stretched tight. Which was my definition of a mobile phone over here and I think cell phone over there. Which is another thing I hate.

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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

I've NEVER had a cell phone . . . & I found out thru writing this that Jacob has also NEVER had a ce.. read more
I like your style! Love the humor, form, flow, rhyme of this poem also. I think you and Norman have the exact right idea. Who needs "Cell Servitude" anyway! Here's to you both staying free 4-Ever!!

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

4 Months Ago

I live on a remote country road with no cell service out here in the boondocks. Sometimes people bre.. read more
The cell phone, the bane of our existence. It seems no one looks at another as they talk, even on a date. See it all the time. I do have one for business, but it doesn't go with me away from work. I do remember party lines, if you were lucky enough to have a phone. Good one, Bgirl.

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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

When the internet was first invented, I had a little bout of addiction, checking my messages every h.. read more
Hear among two ears I sit, the silence placing a golden chime the rhyme so sweet I nearly cry. The phone may go on forevermore but give me my ears please I love this chore.

Regards,
Al

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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

Always love getting a lyrical response! *smile* Thanks for sharing a glimpse at your darling ears! (.. read more
I'm afraid that glued to the phone ones is where I fit in lol but at least I can say that my meal times are spent without it ;) I'm not fond of talking on phones unless it's necessary but yeah the messaging thing is more me and then there's the emails I like to keep up with and of course WC, which is where smartphones come in handy ;p

I think this is a good reminder for me to put down my phone for a while and sniff the air haha so thank you for that, BG.
Superb write. :)

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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

Way back in the 90's when the internet started being in everyone's homes (mostly computers), I was a.. read more
Dr. YumnaKay

4 Months Ago

Aye, it can be hard to control that urge but I do try ;) And I don't use my phone during my work tim.. read more

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