Tapped Conversation.


There they sat in the corner of the café,

This married couple facing each other.

They were young middle-aged

And seemed content in each others company.

They had had their breakfast,

The plates were pushed aside.

Not a word was said

As they both got out their ‘phones,

Onto the table they went

And they both started tapping away,

Looking down,

Never looking up at each other.

Is this the way that conversation now happens?

Talking to each other by tapping away,

Tapping away to each other

Across the table.

  • Author: Goldfinch60 (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: March 10th, 2018 02:25
  • Comment from author about the poem: Has conversation by talking now stopped?
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 71
  • Users favorite of this poem: Accidental Poet, Laura🌻.
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  • Michael Edwards

    Conversation has gone downhill and our youngsters are losing the art - and when they like do use it they like use it badly like. But they are not alone - lost count of the number of times I heard 'I was sat', 'he was stood' etc on the TV last night. Grrrrr.

    As for the use of phones the world doesn't see itself any more, heads are downward bent with no appreciation of surroundings. So you can guess I love your write Andy.

  • Goldfinch60

    So true Michael. They reckon that 45% of youngsters only converse via there 'phones.
    We have a neighbour with a 15 year old daughter, I was talking to her mother a few days ago and she was saying that her daughter never sees her friends outside of school but only communicates via her 'phone. She has tried taking her 'phone from her daughter but life then apparently is horrendous between the two of them.

  • Accidental Poet

    Just goes to show technology does have a downside. Great write Andy.

    • Goldfinch60

      So very true AP, thank you.

    • Lorna

      To me they look like aliens walking around with the phones stuck in their faces - maybe Darwinism will grow a special ledge on faces to hold the phones....... sounds more like isolation and loneliness than communication doesn't it.......

      • Goldfinch60

        I agree maybe there will be a change in our physiology.

        Yes it is isolation, people no longer want to meet to talk.

      • orchidee

        A fine write Gold.

      • Poetic25


        this is all too common these days-sadly. there is so much to talk about with people, but our world is evolving elsewhere.
        Great piece of writing, reflecting today's society

        Michael 🙂

      • BRIAN & ANGELA

        The fobile moan
        Of the mobile fone !

        I have taken a solemn oath NEVER
        to own one of those contraptions !

        Your BRIAN

        • Goldfinch60

          I cannot say that I do have one but I never use it when others are with me.

        • Laura🌻

          A veritable tech explosion in progress! I have to say that I do need my iPhone. My one and only communication device! Of course, for my children it’s a different story! However, there are some rules they have to abide by when we’re together! Never when we’re eating or walking in the street!


          • Goldfinch60

            Keep them to those rules Laura, it is so impolite to have them at the table when eating and can be dangerous when walking.
            To show how bad it is on a path to Salisbury Cathedral there was a new sculpture erected and it bent slightly over the path, people on there 'phones started to hit their heads on it as they were too intent on looking at their 'phones and not where they were going - the sculpture was moved away from the path! I would have put it on the path!!

            • Laura🌻

              Love your last sentence! That is something I would’ve said! 😉

            • Frank Prem

              Perhaps they were writing to each other, GF?

              • Goldfinch60

                That thought crossed my mind.

              • Leisa Niamh

                Sadly so true. I used to work in a pub and see families coming for a meal together - only to witness the adukts and the children all sat with either their phone, tablet or electronic game. No communicating or learning social skills etc. I now work supporting mentally ill and vulnerable adults and still the staff sit around all day with their phones permanently attached to them - tapping away. Its disgusting and I hate it. Why cant people just talk anymore, or just sit in silence and enjoy their surroundings.

              • Goldfinch60

                Yes, why can’t people have normal conversations. Thank you for your fine comment Leisa.

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