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

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

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  • 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

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