Angela Wybrow

(Salisbury, Wilts, UK)

A Personal Plea


To the two elderly ladies sitting in Row A:
Please could you not chat together during the play.
If having a chat is what you really want to do,
Then please wait until the interval half way through.

For the audience and the actors, I very much suspect
That neither of you two ladies has very much respect.
The actors on the stage are trying to tell a story,
And I’d really like to enjoy it in all its dazzling glory.

I find that my attention is constantly being distracted
From the story on stage, which is currently being enacted.
For many weeks, these actors have learnt lines and rehearsed;
Stay or go, but either way, neither of you will be reimbursed.

For front row seats, you must’ve paid pretty decent money,
But, your rudeness and your disrespect, I do not find funny.
That you’re having a full scale conversation, I cannot believe:
It’s a situation which, with anger, makes me want to seethe.

A theatre auditorium is not the place for a chat:
A café or a coffee shop is the place for that.
I’m sure that it isn’t urgent – what you’ve got to say,
So, please can you zip it, if you are going to stay.

Submitted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 30, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This was inspired by two elderly ladies who were sat in the front row of a theatre in Eastbourne, chatting away during a show!

Comments about this poem (A Personal Plea by Angela Wybrow )

Enter the verification code :

  • Linda May Fox (4/22/2013 4:18:00 PM)

    I love it. Have been in that situation myself. Know how it feels. Like the way you've managed to put it into a great poem! (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (4/21/2013 9:48:00 AM)

    A brilliant write. Chatting and mobike phones going off must be very distracting. A lovely poem. (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Burquawalli, May I Ask, Why Is Saudi Ara.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  2. Friend 3, Neela Nath
  3. Chicken dance, gajanan mishra
  4. Being, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. After Love's Partition, Velvet Boots
  6. Pleasures Of Love, Lilly Emery
  7. Enchantment Of Yesterday, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. The Great Thugs of Indian English Poetry.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  9. Spaniels, Diane Hine
  10. WE RIDE NORTH, AWAKEN!, Hibah Shabkhez

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Dickinson

239

"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"Heaven" is—to Me!

...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet John Burroughs

 

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]