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Time For A Chat? - A Poem

Updated on September 11, 2013
Nothing beats a chat over a nice cup of tea...
Nothing beats a chat over a nice cup of tea... | Source


The trouble is I like to chat!

Nothing anyone can do about that,

To sit and talk

About our days

Put the world to rights

(To coin a phrase)

Is really just my cup of tea,

I'd rather talk than watch T.V.!


I'm sure that when I met him,

My husband mas just the same,

But now I'm lucky

If he hears a word I say...


So I'll come home from work

With some exciting news,

I'll start to tell my husband

But then my ego is a little bruised

To see him staring at Facebook

Nodding now and then,

He's pretending to listen!


THAT'S IT!

I'LL NEVER SPEAK AGAIN!


I sulk

To myself

Quietly

The only conversation, in my head.

Of course it doesn't last that long

Some things just need to be said...


So I'll talk about the weather

(I am from England you know)

I'll talk about what we've got to eat

And that I'd like to show

Him this book I'm reading

It's all about art

With some pictures I'm sure he'd like,

But then he says

What's for dinner love?

And my mouth just goes on strike!


I'd already told him that,

He's not listening to me

Again!


So while I'm sulking this time,

I decide it's probably me.

If I only speak of one thing at once

Then I would probably see

Some understanding in his eyes,

Maybe some interest too

If we had a proper

Conversation

I wouldn't feel so blue!


So I try to think of something to say,

Some deep and meaningful line.

Something that will engage his brain!

He'll listen to me this time!

But then he starts to chuckle

At the computer screen,

Oh come and watch this YouTube clip,

It really must be seen!


I've forgotten what I was going to say now...


So we have a little chuckle

At the internet,

Then I go off

To cook the tea,

But my husband wants a chat!

Some engineering problem

That's confounded him that day,

Numbers and equations

A foreign language some might say...


So I pretend to listen

As politely as I can,

I'll nod in all the right places,

And he'll think I understand!



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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Colin, it's great to be back and I've missed you too... :-)

      CrisSp, thank you for your wonderful comments, votes and shares! I'm glad you like the music clip too... it's always made me chuckle...

      Torrilynn, thank you for reading and commenting, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      Wayne Barrett, indeed! Sorry what did you say??? Lol.. thanks for stopping by...

      xstatic, I love your name! :-) Thank you for reading and your comments...

      James-Wolve, thank you for your comments and vote! :-)

      prasetio30, thank you! I do love a nice cup of tea! :-) Thanks for the vote...

      wildove5, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by...

      A nice cup of tea and big loves sent to all from the river bank in England, Jen

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      wildove5 4 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      This made me giggle! Sounds like my ex-husband! Thanks!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful and I love your poem. Drinking tea and chat with friends....wow. It's a wonderful moment. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      It is a tit-for-tat relationship.It is often unspoken until resentment erupts. Every relationship contains a dynamic of competitiveness vs. selflessness. In highly competitive couples, every gesture is marked on a giant scoreboard. “Look at all I do for you! Now, you owe me and should do for me!” but frustratingly, the other doesn’t see it the same way.When a person sees his or her lover,he or she should leave everything they are involved in.The lover is the most precious all the time

      I voted up

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Interesting and kinda funny, but too true too often!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Lol...what a clever piece. selective hearing. I think we're all guilty.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Jennifer,

      really great poem that you have here

      it was quite beautiful and I can definetely relate to the

      message of the poem. thanks and Voted up.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Oh no, were you speaking about me? Lol, Jen--that is so true and I can very well relate to it, including me boiling tea. I really love your style and your wit in expressing yourself. What an enjoyable read this Sunday afternoon. Phenomenal!

      Voting up and across, pinning and sharing.

      Love from the sky~

      P.S. Love the Rabbit music clip and will be adding it to my Jukebox Page. Thanks again.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well I always have time to chat with you Jennifer and I have missed you so much. I am sincerely sending warm wishes to you and good energy too from Colin and his cats, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 9:35am and I hope all is well with you and your family. We still have another month to go with winter here I would say ....we are all fine though and I was so delighted to hear from you and this really made my day - please keep in touch my friend

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi Nell! I know the feeling... lol, thanks for reading and commenting, all the best, Jen

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      So true these days! lol! I seriously want to pick up the pc that they are staring at and throw it out the window! that will get their attention! great poem!

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi Kashmir56, thank you for your lovely words and the visit... and the vote! All the best from a chilly but very pretty riverbank in England, Jen

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi Colin! Always love your visits and our chats! :-) Late reply due to being very busy on a gardening job, that involves too much digging, leaving me too tired to think of anything other than bath and bed... :-) The weather here is typical December, very still, winter sunshine, with the temperature rarely above freezing, great for bird watching I've found and dog walking. It's 8.19am and I'm listening to some 1930's swing here...https://soundcloud.com/frankie-sumatra/the-devils-... and having a transatlantic jive with you my friend... ;-) Hugs and warmest wishes to you from me and my little dog Trixie!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Jen great poem and so cleverly done which made it a delightful read !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I am back to say I just woke up with first cup of coffee and listening to Japanese koto and flute music and watching the sun come up over the lake at 7:50am how is everything in your life right now and the weather too? Do you have plans for the Christmas holidays with your family? Big hugs from Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel and yes thank you for your poetic chat - you are a special person to me

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ......well I always have time to chat with you Jennifer - you are just simply delightful - and you always bring the 'sun' into my life everytime we meet - lake erie time ontario canada 7:47am

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      It's not easy bravewariior, that's for sure... I'd love to try to "make it" as a writer but I usually need ready cash... so gardening fits the bill nicely... until the winter that is... lol Still I think if you really want something, and are willing to work at it, then you will make it! That's what I did with the gardening, and you can do it with your writing! Don't give up! :-)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I love gardening! Unfortunately everything has fallen to the wayside in favor of my trying to make a living at writing. I'm beginning to wonder....

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi bravewarrior! You're quite right, there has to be more to life than just work! Luckily, I have had my husband helping me with a particularly large gardening job recently, that involves a lot of digging very wet clay soil... he has a new appreciation for what I do and rarely wants to talk about it when we get home... lol Thanks for the visit, all the best, Jen

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Jen, I can so relate! Both of my ex-husbands only wanted to talk about their work. I didn't understand the intracies of electicity or pounding nails, not did they understand my talk of spreadsheets and construction billing. When work is all you can find to talk about, the message should be loud and clear: neither one is into the other!

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Valleypoet, LOL! Thanks for your comments... and quickly now... it may have been important!... :-) All the best, Jen

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Very funny, but also very true......will have to go, my wife just said something to me, I nodded but I'm not sure what it was she said..LOL...voted up:-))

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi Jan! You know it exactly! lol... :-) Thanks for the visit and the vote, all the best, Jen

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      Janhorner 4 years ago

      Hi Jenny, I loved this poem! I do that when I come home from work, chatter away about my day, and my other significant self is on ebay nodding in the right direction, and I just know he is not hearing one single word! Have to laugh! Voted up,

      Jan

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Dreamseeker2, thank you! And yes, Karma can be a wonderful thing... ;-) Best wishes from the muddy riverbank in England, Jen

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      MizBejabbers, thank you! :-) 28 years is a long time... well done to you! I've been with my husband for 13 years now so we're nearly half way there... lol All the best, Jen

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Shiningirisheyes, You are right, we are better at pretending than men lol... either that or the men still aren't taking any notice... Nah... we're better! :-) When it comes to tea... never say no is my moto... Thank you for your lovely words, all the best from the riverbank, Jen

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Cute poem, but also one that shows frustration. It happens to so many of us, doesn't it? I love the ending. So, I guess it is true...'what goes around, comes around', so they say. ; )

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      OMG! Do I ever relate, but after 28 years of marriage I have started demanding equal time. We both used to work in radio, and he is very familiar with the "equal time provision." Try it, it works. As usual, a great poem, my dear. Voted you up++

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Ha! How true! And I catch myself doing the same thing as well. But as you so eloquently state, we as women are much better at pretending! The tradition of a cup of tea warms my heart as I grew up here in the States with a family who practiced this as well. Mom and I still sit down to a good cup of tea and a CHAT! She listens and so do I.

      Great humorous and delightful hub! Blessings from across the pond.

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Always exploring, thank you for your lovely words... all the best, Jen

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so clever and cute and of course reality at it's best. Thank's for the share..

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      BlossomSB, you are quite right of course, communication is vital in any relationship. Thanks for the visit and the comments, all the best, Jen

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Europewalker, I think you're right for most husbands, but mines special... he always listens to the first 3 words... lol thanks for the comments and the vote! All the best, Jen

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi Bill, too true... most people communicate better on fb than in real life, like when you see a group of friends out at a pub, but they're all looking at their iPhones.... thanks for the visit my friend, all the best, Jen

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      LaThing, thank you so much! :-) All the best, Jen

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A great poem about the importance of really listening to each other. Communication is a two-way thing and often needs to be worked at to build up and keep good relationships.

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      europewalker 4 years ago

      Very relatable poem Jen, I guess our husbands are just wired that way. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, the art of modern communication....just appear to be listening. :) Great fun and a whole lot of truth here, Jen!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Jen, this is so clever! Is this the problem worldwide..... Wives love to talk and the husbands just love to nod, LOL! Very nice and awesome.... Voting up and everything!

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Awww thank you for your lovely words dghbrh! I'm really glad you like it and thanks for the share! All the best, Jen

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Wowwwwww......so true now a days...You just hit the most happening button of every household may be...... splendid Job done dear......i did thoroughly enjoyed it....hit every possible button here.....sharing to the world. Thanks for sharing this one. God bless you, Jennifer.