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In this modern day and age
When someone can’t be reached,
You must assume avoidance means
That etiquette’s been breached.

You leave a message on the phone
And write an e-mail, too.
You can’t think this communication
Hasn’t gotten through.

So you assume this person
Doesn’t care to hear your voice.
With several ways to reach you, well,
He surely has a choice.

The option to ignore you
Is the one it seems he’s chosen.
Your choices now are limited – 
You’re mired, stuck and frozen.

And so you wait and stew a bit
‘Cause you just can’t believe
The person you must really reach
Has up and taken leave.

In years gone by, such actions
Would anxiety produce;
But nowadays I shake my head
And think - there’s no excuse.

Copyright © ilene bauer

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  1. Date: 1/7/2013 7:57:00 AM
    Truth in poetry - who could ask for anything more. Keep writing and I will keep reading. Mike

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 11:55:00 PM
    Your poems are so refreshing, original and wise!

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 6:23:00 PM
    What fun it is to read your wonderful poems. They are awesome. And you have written so many. I wonder how you are able to keep up such momentum. I'll write for a while then go through a long dry spell before writing again. Keep up the good work. Love your poems.

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 5:56:00 PM
    I love the way you think... Brilliant writes about our every day thoughts... Different and delightful... possibly because I agree so much...

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 4:14:00 PM
    you are right, there is NO excuse, but I think if this is happening to someone, the message is indeed loud and clear. they just don't want communication with you. gosh, the modern man has it MADE for avoiding people. Can you imagine before cell phones and caller ID. I was always picking up for unwanted calls. Never again. hahaha!!

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 4:08:00 PM
    You know I have come to the conclusion communication comes in many forms [letters, email, phone, texts, ] and each is a tool in the box, some folks need the distance given by text messages some folks the intimacy of a call. Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 3:13:00 PM
    Haha, AWOL is right. Yeah, with cell phone, e-mails, and texting, there is Just "no excuse". What is wrong with that person? He, she can't be that busy, lol. Funny write, Ilene. Enjoyed!