I remember a life when we wouldn’t have dreamed
….. of being on call 24/7
there was only landlines
some had an answering machine
to record those missed call messages

where the Jetson’s rode flying machines
and spoke to a person on a screen
ridiculous cartoons we thought
would never come to fruition

the phone box my regular teen haunt
a deaf mother meant no landline
would chat for ages at a fixed price
until a neighbour stood near
would cut my call as manners were dear

then slowly technology digressed
humungous hand held phones
and a weird invention called the internet
instant communication for the jet-set

both phones and costs shrunk
even Indian beggars all have one
can’t imagine life without that net
now visuals with that phone chat
but I still refuse to be on call 24/7 …