Just Call

June 14, 2013
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The constant recurrence
Of your emails
In my inbox.
You attempt to contact me
But don’t you understand.
If you wish to reach me,
Just call.

I prefer the sound of your voice,
To the words on the screen.
Yet, you don’t understand.
Just call.

When I don’t answer the emails,
You attempt to text.
My portable phone vibrates
And a message appears
In a language I don’t understand.
“I bet u r busy, so I’ll txt u l8r. Ttyl!”
“Where r u? R u on a trip? Answer my txts and emails Gran”
My portable phone bill
Is $20.
A fortune.
So please
Just call.

Where has my caring granddaughter gone?
She is a slave to technology.
As a young girl
She loved books.
She loves her ipad.
She once wrote me handwritten notes,
And sent them to me
Using stamps, an envelope, and the post office.
She would then
call me, and ask if I got her letter.
I miss that girl.
And the only way she will come back to me,
Is if she would
Just call.

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Csquared This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 23, 2013 at 11:05 am
Thank you! It was fun to write from the perspective of an old person. :-)
Carly_Elizabeth said...
Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm
I like this poem. Even  though I'm not close with my grandmother I think you portrayed it perfectly how grandmothers think. And I agree with ClaireWritesStuff that "just call" is perfect haha. 
Csquared This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm
Thank you! My grandmother has actually told me to stop emailing her, and "just call" so the title got a little inspiration from her.
ClaireWritesStuff said...
Jul. 14, 2013 at 7:37 am
I love the motif of the words 'just call'. They're very powerful and I was able to feel sympathy towards the grandmother, as it really accentuates the desire she has for the girl to 'just call'. The message behind this piece is brilliant and it was well written! Well done :)
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