eavesdropping

overhearing others can cause grief
but I’ve found it entertaining to
eavesdrop on complete strangers
conversations on public transport

it’s entertaining to fill in the ‘gaps’
with my vivid imagination
makes me smile when they are
kind and grimace when it’s malice

be kind!

d’Verse, eavesdropping, Kim

41 comments

  1. This is something we writers do – something creative writing teachers encourage us to do. And it’s fun! I’ve heard some really funny conversations on buses and trains. When I was teaching, students loved to sit in my classroom during breaks and used to catch some strange ones. Great to use in short stories and fill in the gaps.

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  2. Great observations, Kate. It’s always an interesting experience to overhear public conversations. Cell phones have created a whole new genre of TMI. Filling in the gaps can be entertaining. 😊 Love the bunnies! Are they your bunnies?

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  3. When I was a child we had a telephone “party line”. Everyone eavesdropped on everyone else’s calls. There were no secrets!

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  4. I do this too—only to get ideas or dialogue for my short stories. Lol.

    Beautifully penned and positive. I especially love hearing what can be easily taken out of context in a conversation. Oh, the awkwardness! I enjoyed reading your work. 💕

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  5. Let’s face it, Kate, so much of what we say, when taken in isolation, becomes, well,,,off-color.

    For that very reason, it fun to take that “Phrasing!” moment and entertain yourself with the story your mind puts together.

    Why not? No doubt, we ourselves start similar narratives in other peoples’ minds every day!

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  6. This is so great, SweetKate!!! 🙂
    I enjoy doing this, too…AND people watching! You can hear some amazing conversations when you perk your bunny-ears up! 😉 😀
    But, I’ve also wondered about what people thought who listened in on some of my goofy fun conversations with my family members and friends. 😮 😛
    One time I had a conversation in a bookstore, with a friend, about my cell phone being on vibrate and etc, and so on and so forth…then realized a older man in the next aisle heard what I said. He laughed and gave me a huge wink! Ha! 😀
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  7. Sometimes it’s funny but sometimes it’s very sad. In any case it’s like a public show.
    if its funny my husband and I use our imaginations to create a scenario and entertain ourselves.

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  8. LOVE the illustration…made me smile. I’ve often thought it would be an interesting prompt to have folks jot down phrases they hear over a half-hour’s time of listening to strangers, and then using only those words (and not using some of them) , create a poem. A different kind of “found” poetry. Of course, in the age of Covid, many of us are not around others enough to do this….perhaps a half hour in front of the television, switching channels at least 4, 5 times and writing down words one catches? We could call it eavesdropping poetry! My guess is, this “genre” may already exist?

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  9. I have to say that I have never been one to eavesdrop. Maybe it’s because I was always caught up in a daydream or some such. Now being stuck at home, my kids always have an earful for me so no need to eavesdrop there! Lol! Great slice of life you’ve shared here, though! Now I wish I spent more time perking my ears for juicy snippets….

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  10. my earliest poems were products of my eavesdropping ..lol..mostly from strangers who speak too loud in a cafe or restaurants… sometimes too are from total strangers who would just burst out in tears in public over a personal problem..but i never eavesdrop intentionally…

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  11. I don’t think it is called eavesdropping when someone is talking on their cell and doesn’t seem to care who hears their side. I just call that being rude.

    But it is fun to sometimes listen. I remember waiting to renew my drivers licence and listening to some foreign languages … 🙂

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