Conned by the Text


A poem

by Charles McKelvy

Remember: Big Brother is watching (and listening)!!!!

She texted

And she tweeted,

And she always competed.

She texted

And she tweeted,

And she always competed.

But was she ever vexted

When her grandma-ma

Up and died, and

She realized

She had spent her remaining time

With her beloved grandma-ma

A texting

And a tweet-tweet-tweeting


With whom

She was a competing.

So she was shocked—



Shocked to her




When her grandma-ma

Up and died

In her very presence

As her grandma-ma was telling

Her, her whole life story

From start to finish.

But she hadn’t heard one of

Her grandma-ma’s final words

Because she had been

Too busy a texting

And a tweeting

With those

With whom

She was always competing.

So she who had been a texting

Was now simply







About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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4 Responses to Conned by the Text

  1. Anonymous says:

    I like it. Unfortunately we see it all of the time. I have meetings each morning and people are playing games on their phones and hardly looking up when addressed. Vexes me it does. one editorial note; your line Her, her who life story, you may want to correct. KQUIGS

  2. garymcpoet1 says:

    Great poem. Since I live by a school. seems that most depart the bus and immediately look at their phone. Texting? Vexing! Hope to see you soon.


  3. speak766 says:

    Nice poem. I love the phrase “tweet tweet tweeting.” very true. people spend so much time with their heads buried in their phone and never look up to see the people and the life in front of them.

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