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Do Not Disturb

Updated on April 14, 2014

It’s not the Internet per say

social media

or Google alerts

even the news

doesn’t disturb me so much.

It's not

the facebook

or twitter

or instagram

even tumblr

that ruins so much.

Who can stop that fun


vacation pics

kitty cat adventures

celebrity crushes

television comments

binge watching marathons

or interesting reads.

Just a quick turn off

with a look the other way

a distraction into something else

change of channel

and all that is done.

What really gets me going

upsets me beyond imagination

are the little emails

here and there

asking me if I have the time

to drop everything to do this

or make a quick call

or have a meeting

perhaps exchange a word or two,

when I have the time of course

but really it all must be right now.

It’s the constant phone calls

stalk calls I call them

one after another

until they think I’ll answer.

I would say

I’m in a meeting

out the office

away from my desk

on vacation

with my family

at the doctors

fixing my car

all the pertinent dates and details.

Yet it doesn’t much matter

the flood gates are always opened

for any cause

no rhyme or reason.

No real emergencies

or dramas,

just because.

Would it be so very rude

for me to say

forget my number

block my email

can’t help you today

or ever really.

You see

I really don't care

no desire to attend to

whatever it is

or whoever it might be

and would really much rather

do anything else.


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    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I guess we just pick and choose what we wish to do and ignore the rest...

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Sometimes you have to turn things off to focus on what is truly important in life. Great thoughts on this concept.

    • CrisSp profile image


      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I hear you. It could really be overwhelming at times that you just wanna be left alone. But you know what I hate? Telemarketers! Dang, I understand they have a job to do but they are the most annoying calls ever! Oh yah, and those spams on email. Thank goodness for the filter! :)

      Anyway, your poem is exactly my sentiments. Good one.

    • truthfornow profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks for all the kind words of support.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I sympathize with your predicament, truthfornow! There are some times when all the emails and phone cells are very hard to take.

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      Janet Giessl 

      4 years ago from Georgia country

      I think we all can relate to that. It's really annoying. Sometimes I would like to throw away all the disturbing devices. Thank you for sharing this beautifully written poem with us.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Truthfornow, voted up, UAI and shared. I truly feel you frustration. I keep getting these e-mails for dating sites who want me to sign up.

      I tell them don't you know that I am married and don't do that stuff.

      One female said "I am a cool blond and I like to have fun."

      I told her I am also one

      and forwardered her on to spam

      what do you do with these intrusions?

      out to shatter all elusions.

      I tried to block them

      But all that does is send them on to spam.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      It certainly gets overwhelming at times! I can so relate and just want to turn off the world, but one cannot do so at work. I do hope when you have your day(s) off, you shut everything off and turn off the world and just be still and enjoy being in His peace. There is nothing else like it that I know of in this world.


      Faith Reaper

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good hub truthfornow, I can relate totally. My email inbox is so full, it takes me a whole day to get through it. I am glad I live where I do, I don't get cell phone reception and have a silent number on my home phone...but I did make the mistake of taking random calls from a couple of charities and now they hound me for donations. Voted up.

    • truthfornow profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks so much guys. All these work phone calls were upsetting me. I am very fond of the days before the cell phone sometimes . . .

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I feel the same way sometimes, just go away, and please leave me alone. lol

    • Sunny River profile image

      Sunny River 

      4 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      Interesting poem. I think we all feel like this sometimes. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We take the good with the bad, don't we? There is a veritable flood of inane communication that we have to deal with to get to the one or two nuggets of gold daily. :)

    • Sparklea profile image


      4 years ago from Upstate New York

      truthfornow: Voted up and useful. You said a lot in a very few words. I can so relate! I guess the popular 'just say no!' is the answer, BUT that is difficult to do at times. Just remember every day is closer to eternity, we only have one life, only so much time to do what we want and to do what we love, rather than meeting the expectations of others.

      It has taken me a life time to learn this. I have kept diaries since age eleven, and when I read back on so many things I "did' because I worried about what people would think if I didn't, or would get angry, or would make me feel guilty...I NOW know that, for the most part, people are so wrapped up in themselves that - even if they get mad that someone said, 'no' they would forget about it shortly thereafter.

      That being said, LIVE YOUR LIFE, SAY NO, and DO WHAT YOU LOVE!

      Great hub, a pleasure to read. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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