My call is always important


Whether you're going to work or travelling home the last thing you want to hear is someone else's self important phone. The volume in invariably too loud, the duration too long and the subject inane. Do these callers imagine we are all interested, are they thoughtlessly self-absorbed or do they just not care: their call is important after all.


'My call is always important'

It’s not life or death
Or a deal for crystal meth
Or a marriage split
Or saving a wrist, due to slit
Been twenty minutes
Train knows your business
Yes, I’ve been there
With an inappropriate share
Blabbered and worse
Shouted, argued and cursed
Felt self-important
Replied when I shouldn’t 
Spoke way too loud
Impropriety, not proud 
Simply overreacted 
Wish I’d stopped, retracted. 
I didn’t, please do
Can’t help listening to you
As my hackles rise
I’m plotting your demise 
Please keep it down 
I don’t need your sound
All that bleating
About a poxy meeting 
And your influence
All the valued time spent
And the outcome 
Your impact, obs none
It’s really quite sad 
Others can’t be that bad
Please put it away 
Or prepare for an affray 
Re-holster the phone 
Don’t wanna be in your zone 

(Loot, 2019)


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