Telephone Charades

With mom and dad
On their telephone,
I’m just sitting here
All alone,
Watching strangers
At the coffee shop,
I’m completely ignored
By mom and pop.

Lots of others
In this place,
Hold a smartphone
Up to their face,
They are unaware
Of what is near,
I could be kidnapped
Or disappear.

Stranger man
He walks by,
We look at each other
Eye to eye,
He seems to notice
My mom and dad,
Faces tuned
To phone and pad.

He looks nice
And asks my name,
Just like Charades
I know that game,
We played it once
At Grandma’s house,
He whispers to me
“Be quiet as a mouse”.

We’ll just go outside
You won’t be bad,
‘Cause it’s Ok
With mom and dad,
They are too busy
And you’re alone,
They’re more interested
In their telephone.

You can come back later
When we’re done,
You’ll tell them how
They missed our fun,
But for now
They just don’t care,
The phone is more important
Than having you there.

They’ll be excited
Wondering what
You did with me,
But that’s our secret
So, let’s not tell,
Or mom and daddy
Will go to Hell.

You can show them
Your brand new toy,
I gave it to you
You’re such a good boy,
Because that’s what
Mom and daddy say,
Along with please and thank you
And have a nice day.


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