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The phone company with it's automated systems drive me crazy. If you hired a person I would not have to go thru a run of  different options to find that I only had to go to an operator in the first place to get the answer I needed.

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Unzipped lips

 You drive me crazy each time I  try to call.
 You don't answer me in person at all.
 You tell me to hold but what am I supposed to hold.
 You tell me someone will be there but all you play is music.
 Is that supposed to soothe the soul,
 Then we start to play a game.
 You start to number things, so I could guess, in this game.
How do you know, if, the number is right or do I have to guess?
 You give me so many options, yet none seem to fit.
 Then I pull my hair out in fright.
 Why can't you put on a person who talks?
 Why do you think I like playing this crazy game?
 When you sense my frustration,
 You tell me to push 0 to speak to a person.
 I push 0 and talk to a person but I sit back and wonder,
 Why--- no person--- was there in the first place.
 The fingers did the walking but I still needed to do the talking.

Copyright © Phyllis Babcock

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  1. Date: 7/3/2012 3:03:00 PM
    Don't it drive you CRAZY!!! Your frustration is so well described here. I feel for you, Phyl! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 6/5/2012 6:07:00 PM
    Sometimes we need to scream when these dodo's give all their options but there are no alternatives. That last line wraps it up perfectly! Luv,Lizzie

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 9:43:00 PM
    HI, there, Phyllis. Just going off now and saw your comment to me. One of last ones I got. My dang receiving box for Dish NEtwork went out on me in the bedroom so I will just stay in my basement watching tv from now on until the replacement box comes. It is much cooler down there anyway. Upstairs my house is hot as hades. I don't even put on the air anymore, just to save money!!

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 4:38:00 PM
    hey was this contest judged yet. I sure hope it lands on the winners' circle. Thanks for your comment today, my sweet friend.

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 3:54:00 AM
    Automatic and autocratic....very irritating to speak to a recording. A perfect ending too.

  1. Date: 5/31/2012 8:47:00 PM
    now isn't that the truth Phyl? we all suffer with this push button society luv.. had ,u share today with home phone issues and lots of static.. took forever and then ..disconnected mid stream... enough to scream.. great lines to tell all who deal with this they are not alone.. awesome.. hope u are terrific.. me..YES..luv..

  1. Date: 5/31/2012 6:39:00 PM
    I find it easier to walk the 12 miles and speak in takes less time than waiting for someone to answer your questions on the phone ! *smiles* Great write dear poet ! I'm sure you have many souls here laughing ! have a wonderful week Phyllis....much love, james

  1. Date: 5/31/2012 5:03:00 PM
    I love the way you ended it Phyl... I enjoyed this write...always..Joseph

  1. Date: 5/30/2012 5:31:00 PM
    I guess we all put up with this abomination that provides irritation and there's nothing we can do about it. It would be such an improvement to speak to a real person and they woulld have a job that helps pay the bills. What a strange world we live in Phyl.

  1. Date: 5/28/2012 12:22:00 PM
    Always a pleasure to read your poem Phyllis, it drive me crazy to - push 4 - push 2 - push 8 ......some music .... push and - Thank you. (Call me no push) - oxox hug Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 5/27/2012 5:20:00 PM
    Love that last line. It really fit well for the ending, and I see this is the same topic of your blog. yes, it's a big pet peeve of mine as well, Phyllis. They are such idiots!!!

  1. Date: 5/27/2012 7:57:00 AM
    where did the jobs go? there!

    Babcock Avatar Phyllis Babcock
    Date: 5/27/2012 12:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    see my blog -the jobs got taken by machines
  1. Date: 5/27/2012 5:12:00 AM
    Oh I like this very much Phyllis,,,,, I wrote one called the " billing department" ;} you have a blessed day ;}

    Babcock Avatar Phyllis Babcock
    Date: 5/27/2012 12:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks Debbie. Don't you just love modernization and not speaking to a person anymore--will have to read your billing department-are things going downhill or is it me?
  1. Date: 5/27/2012 3:27:00 AM
    Really funny! Wishing you the best in contest.

    Babcock Avatar Phyllis Babcock
    Date: 5/27/2012 12:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks Yesha
  1. Date: 5/27/2012 2:43:00 AM
    Bahahaha! Good one!

    Babcock Avatar Phyllis Babcock
    Date: 5/27/2012 12:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks Amy