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    2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

    Categories: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, Poetry Prompts, Poets, Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides Blog, What's New.

    Today’s prompt comes from Amanda Laughtland.

    Here’s Amanda’s prompt: Write a text message poem. Compose a poem in several short sections inspired by the compression of text messages. The poem might have one speaker or many speakers.

    Robert’s attempt at a text message poem:

    “Don’t text and drive”

    I’m here. Where are you?

    By here, I mean Taco Bell.


    I’m ordering. Without you.

    Seriously. Where are you?

    It’s been like 5 minutes, man. C’mon.

    Oh wait. I see you pulling up.


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    154 Responses to 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

    1. Juanita Lewison-Snyder says:

      txt pom
      by jls

      slw dwn
      ur pstn 2 fst
      cell cnt kep up wth ur mdrn day qill

      © 2012 by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

      (literal translation: text poem / by juanita lewison-snyder / slow down / you’re posting 2 fast / cell can’t keep up / with your modern day quill / rolling on the floor laughing my ass off / peace out)

    2. ivywriter says:

      these are hilarious! and sadly I’ve recieved some of these texts that seem to be from students. LOL

    3. ivywriter says:

      I love this challenge. There are so many things about text messages that can be turned into poetry. I couldn’t just write one! See all of my poetry at http://marchthirtyone.wordpress.com

      Poem #1: celebrity text haiku

      celebrities die

      we send a text to update

      do the same for life

      Poem #2: texting while meeting

      its become

      common practice

      to keep phones on tables

      during meetings

      no longer

      deemed as rude

      we treat every moment as urgent

      so that we can’t even

      sit through meetings

      or other routines of our day

      without checking for messages

      so that just in case we miss something

      we can’t use the excuse

      that “I was in a meeting”

      Poem #3: Bill Collector Text

      “this is a friendly reminder that your bill is past due”

      “I don’t have a payment for you this month – other unexpected expenses”

      “we will need a payment today”

      “well, do what you have to do – today is not happening”

      c) Kellea Tibbs and march thirty one, 2012. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of original march thirty one material without express and written permission from the author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

    4. jlcooper says:

      My very lame attempt at a text poem –

      Where R U
      R U close
      Soon is our D8
      U R gonna be L8

    5. po says:

      TEX ING

      U R crazy
      On top of my
      cellphone clapping
      Get off phone
      Made me
      buy a phone
      for this … poem
      U R crazy
      On cellphone
      Stop No
      dancing OMG you
      ruin fun
      U R crazy
      Cellphone in
      pond LOL

    6. cstewart says:



      Are you off the ship yet?
      Did they find your big suitcase?

      Where did you get new instruments?
      Which country kept the synthesizer?

      How corrupt and lame can they be?
      Did you have to pay to get them back?

      I’m sorry.

    7. PowerUnit says:

      Stop at the grocery
      And pick up some soup

      I don’t have
      a spoon

      Stop being so literal
      You silly buffoon

      Say that again
      Like you mean it
      And I will buy some milk

      Are you at the pub again
      Or is autocorrect
      Slurring your texts?

      I mean automatically
      You are correct

      Just come home
      well go to
      buggering your mother

      Who were you texting
      about buggering
      my mother?

      Juest come home
      We’ll talk over and out
      WIth a nice roasted duck.

      I love you
      And that’s no lie
      Down with her tonight.

      Jesus be praised
      Did you just confess
      Your sinister intentions?

      My battery is dying
      to meet you.

    8. sonja j says:


      * did u call ben?

      No not yet i will

      * did u go 2 drycleaners?

      Not yet going to

      * did u do laundry?

      No on 2 do list

      * did u make dr appt?

      Not yet

      * did u schedule painter?


      * did u pay bills?


      * did you do anything?

      No well wrote a poem

    9. PKP says:

      visit me at http://drpkp.com for version with different fonts etc.

      Mother and Son Nonunion

      Heard the weather – supposed to be bad

      Wtchng gm

      Please come home. I’m getting nervous.

      OMG! u r nuts

      The wind is blowing
      the big tree in the front of the house

      u r fine – chill – 2min wrng
      I hear something weird creaking – the waves look really high on the boardwalk

      Maaaaaa!!!! Will b hm – I am 15!!! Srf lks rad – tkng lk

    10. foodpoet says:

      Metro Muddles

      I am still on platform.
      Delays again on orange line.
      Third train to arrive full.
      Here I stand poetryless again.

      Now 4 – still on platform.

      On train.

      Hello are you there?


      Now at claredon see you in 45.
      Where you want to eat.


      Open back but no spicy

      K SEE YOU 6:30



      He he – open?

    11. foodpoet says:

      In search of a place

      Chkd out room near metro. Ugh.
      The house.
      The Room.
      The stench.
      Text me if you can.

      Ugh back hope you hve btter luck.
      What areas should I check?

      Near work.

      Don’t sweat small things.
      Take deep breath.
      (keep all poetry)
      All else can be replaced.

    12. Glory says:

      IM – Instant Message
      (Day 5)

      You sent me a text
      asking, ‘how are you?
      and I replied with the usual
      ‘I’m good too.’

      ‘Sorry I lied but it’s
      ‘easy to do,
      when you can’t see me,
      and I can’t see you.’

      ‘Maybe, one day we
      will find the time,
      to meet somewhere close
      and perhaps we will find.’

      ‘It’s great to be texting
      but nothing compares
      to finding you near me
      longing to share –

      HAK – hugs and kisses’
      they work you see
      please no more texting
      for you or me/.

    13. Andy Brackett says:

      Sorry I’m late, this one was tough for me.

      A Txt 4 U

      A txt 4 u, 2 say ilu.
      Where u r, 404.
      Ne-wayz, t@yl


      Translates to:

      A text for you, to say I love you.
      Where you are, I haven’t a clue.
      Anyways, talk at you later,
      Good night, sweet dreams,

      Your Loving Husband,
      For ever and ever.

    14. Natalija says:

      Not That I Text

      Not that I text
      but if I did
      I’d use whole words
      spelled in English
      not jibberish

      Not that I understand
      the symbols so cryptic
      as if a language so vague
      was real to begin with

      Sure it’s a language
      all it’s own
      but one I prefer
      not to hone

      Perhaps it’s because
      I went to school
      before most teens today
      even entered the world

      Or maybe it’s due
      to the fact of attention
      to details of spelling,
      grammar, and intention.

    15. Context

      I don’t text a lot
      and take a dim view
      of those who do .

      Many times I’ve had
      to honk at the driver
      in front of me
      at the red light
      who’s too busy texting
      to notice it’s changed
      to green.

      My teacher friends
      tell me kids are starting
      to turn in their papers
      written In text-speak.
      Whatever happened
      to spelling, grammar,
      and punctuation?

      It’s an epidemic
      everywhere I go –
      the office, the store,
      the doctor’s office –
      everyone’s thumbs
      working furiously,
      oblivious to everything
      around them.

      And yet it has
      a saving grace –
      like after the last storm,
      one of the worst ever,
      sweeping away homes,
      disrupting millions
      of lives.

      In the aftermath,
      few things have been
      more valuable than
      those two texted words –
      I’m OK.

    16. MeenaRose says:

      Digital Love
      By: Meena Rose

      I <3 u, bay-b hey luv, <3 u2

      4ever nd ever? longer dan ever :*

      wanna no bout Lyf? tell mii

      Lyf iz gud wid u cu@8 GTG boss iz here

    17. tunesmiff says:

      G. Smith
      What r u doing?
      - – - – -
      Heading home-need me to stop?
      - – - – - – -
      Please – get milk & bread.
      - – - – -
      Milk & bread- anything elsel?
      - – - – - – -
      Drive safe-stop txting-love u.
      - – - – - – -

      • tunesmiff says:

        Sorry… looks like the Spell Czech wasn’t Czecking my spelling…

        TXT TANKA
        G. Smith
        What r u doing?
        - – - – -
        Heading home-need me to stop?
        - – - – - – -
        Please – get milk & bread.
        - – - – - -
        Milk & bread- anything else?
        - – - – - – -
        Drive safe-stop txting-love u.
        - – - – - – -

    18. Day 5
      Prompt: Text poem

      Texting My Daughter

      I can’t believe it.
      It’s a girl?!
      How can they tell from this pic?
      I’m so excited that I’m gonna
      be a grandma. And now we know
      it’s a girl.
      I can start buying tiny girly things.
      Tell him, he’ll get over it.
      She’ll have him wrapped around
      her little heart.
      You’ll be a great mom.

    19. mapoet says:

      Alphabet Soup



      I tried to understand text lingo, but all I came up with was alphabet soup.
      There were some phrases in which the same letter meant three different things.
      I guess that means you can make this say anything you want.
      Talk to you tomorrow.

    20. Text?

      My students asks if I text -
      With some shame, I explain-
      texting is like another language!
      They laugh – LOL
      RUK? they say.
      No…honest I don’t get it!

      Like winners of a lottery,
      they smile :-)
      A small triumph over
      their teacher!
      WK! They could be
      the teacher, too.

    21. rustydude says:

      Each morning my wife & I were apart, as she cared for her elderly parents, I would send her a text early in the morning to wake her, just before I left for work. Due to the two time-zone distance between us, I would text instead of call, so we would not wake her parents. I copied several into a journal and this is a sample of one;

      Good morning my sleeping beauty
      To be next to you would be bliss
      Soon very soon may I wake you with a kiss
      And whisper in your ear and tell you this
      I love you more
      now than before

    22. This was a challenge for me, because I don’t text… but that is what imagination is for… http://hopefuljo.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/365-creativity-project-day-301/

    23. posmic says:


      but i was not there.
      were u? (My phone
      in my pocket,
      scrolling, scrolling,
      telling lies
      I couldn’t tell yet.)
      couldnt tell anything
      couldnt see anything
      didnt hear u bc
      of 2 many circuits,
      all coming 2 life,
      all at same time.
      where were u
      when i was not,
      or were u?

    24. aviseuss says:

      Me: Otwh, wut4din?
      Sis: Idk, not in kchn
      Me: go ?
      Sis: ugh, brb
      Me: …
      Me: hi mom wut4din?
      Mom: Hi corn feet rashh
      Me: lol huh?
      Mom: omg, corn beef hash!
      Me: ha! my fav k sys — x12
      Me: oops snt M twt
      Sis: IKS! Dins dun. Btw ur in trbl! ha! BYTM

      • aviseuss says:

        oops..didn’t post right


        Me: Otwh, wut4din?
        Sis: Idk, not in kchn
        Me: go ?
        Sis: ugh, brb
        Me: …
        Me: hi mom wut4din?
        Mom: Hi corn feet rashh
        Me: lol huh?
        Mom: omg, corn beef hash!
        Me: ha! my fav k sys — x12
        Me: oops snt M twt
        Sis: IKS! Dins dun. Btw ur in trbl! ha! BYTM

    25. I M L8

      I not no u wur comin

      I not no u wur either

    26. KathyA says:

      TEXTING – a haiku

      Tumbling letter blocks
      Lined up in rows on the smart phone
      Dumb down the reader.

    27. Ber says:


      Hey what ya mean?
      ur the best man i eva cene
      let me know
      wha you tink uf me?
      quick oh quick
      let ih b

      Wish i told ya
      all da time
      would i b writing dis rhyme?
      mayb ye ur so fine

      Lol wha am i ta do?
      wishing ih was me nd u
      starry eyed
      blushing cheeks
      lol i melt when ya speaks

      Lol oh how
      u turn me on
      leaving my heart
      oh so warm lol

    28. EZ

      Hearing from you,
      no matter the item,
      way better for me
      than LQTM.
      Whatever your thoughts,
      share them with me,
      in person, by text,
      Can’t say it in person,
      I beg you, be mine,
      too hard to say it
      out loud, but 459.
      We’ll share our plans,
      see what we’ll see,
      maybe some fun,
      perhaps BTD.
      I’m signing off now,
      lest I get sappy,
      but keep it in mind,

    29. claudsy says:

      If only some were easier for those with hardwired brains to decode. I’m with those who use real words and not code. Even vanity plates are beyond me most days. Txt msg are just another form of speed writing that took flight in ’70′s. Coming around again with another generation. I text rarely when absolutely needed, so this is like to be how it went that first few times.

      Ready? It’s not so scary. Really.

      i know nothing
      i feel stupid and old
      i dont know where punct marks are

      At sentence nd.

      dont be smart
      on phone idiot

      Did you read instr?

      none with phone

      Play w/it or ask ur son.
      It’s easy.

      i hate this next thing you
      know well be wearing
      these on our wrists

      Um, some peeps do now.

      thats it I wont do this

    30. Txt Msg

      r u almost here???

      i cant w8 2 c u!!

      just sent u pic

      (4 yo eyez only)

      get it yet?



      that’s w8-ing 4 u


      so u like that?



      r u ok?

    31. Middle-aged woman walks down the street.
      Strangers run into her, heads down, texting away.
      “Excuse you! Can’t you look where you’re going???”
      Blank stares meet her glare.
      Mutters to herself: “Why can’t folks use the phone or write a letter anymore?”
      Bumps into something on the ground… trips…
      “Dangit! Another brain…”

    32. A sibling exchange

      y u laughin’?
      i ain’ laughin’
      i’m juss sendin’ LOTS OF LOVE!!! <3 <3 <3

    33. JRSimmang says:

      Answer me.

      Pick up the phone.


      (1/2) I wish I didn’t have to say this
      this way. I am confined.
      I am nailed within this box,
      a real Schodinger,
      wondering if the air I breathe

      (2/2) is really the air around my head.

      I learned a new word today:

      Is this still your number?

    34. u r totes adorbs
      when ur fake mad at me
      with your ALL CAPS
      and !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    35. fingers press flat
      on cold glass
      bc i can’t touch u

    36. Concert

      Blues fest @8, Rivrfrnt.
      Will u be there?

      Damn st8,
      Can’t w8!

      k. c u @ east ntrance;
      Bring coolr


    37. seingraham says:

      @TEOTD (at the end of the day)


      texts translated become slightly creepy

      At the End of the Day

      One to one
      I wonder
      Will you go
      Tomorrow morning?
      What do you think?
      To be honest
      Big crush on you…
      At your own risk
      As early as possible

    38. julie e. says:

      Dcided i was 2 literal……………….. redo below.


      wtr we hvg?
      b rt there!
      –it’s really meatloaf
      nt hungry 8 b4.

      Want to go to dinner?
      sure y not
      What sounds good?
      gd with wtever
      How about Chinese?
      no nt rly
      What about Mexican?
      had 4 lunch
      to much grease
      then what DO you want???
      told u gd with wtever


      Send me a pic of your
      homecoming dress!
      (incoming photo)
      Your dad’s okay with that?
      dad sez I look pretty!
      Um, pretty NAKED…..
      Look how long those legs are….
      i mean, you’re BEAUTiful, but SO grown UP. Where’s that
      little GRANDgirl? And there will be boys’ eyes all over
      your bare skin….HORNY young boys with raging
      hormones and the self-control of a squirrel…..
      OH. Well, I guess you were bound to grow
      up sometime….be careful……
      I will.
      I <3 u too, gma. :-)

    39. Tween

      Miss u.
      Miss u 2.
      Will U B Home soon?
      Can I stay til 9? They will bring me home.
      NM. Can u pick me up at 9:30?
      U have homework.
      1 question
      NM. Coming home now.

    40. PSC in CT says:

      TMI – Not!

      So, hey – how was school today?
      That’s not good, I fear. How’d that math test go, dear?
      But how could that be? You said you would study! Didn’t you do it? I knew it! I knew it!
      So, where should I go? What went wrong? Do you know?
      Gosh darn! Holy cow! You’ll talk to me NOW! Put down the phone, will you? It sure wouldn’t kill you. It’s perfectly clear – I’m sitting right here!

    41. Text Message

      Wait . . . what?
      Really, been great.
      So . . . ?
      We’re out.
      Of snacks?
      Of time.
      What about it?
      You can’t tell?
      I tell time.
      So . . . ?
      The roses died.
      Okay . . . ?
      Never mind.
      Really . . . been great.

    42. Poet Ariel says:


      Tangled in the tapestry of our text messages
      lies two subtexts not communicating;
      a need for distance balanced against
      an invitation of immediate contact.

      The only way I know how to communicate
      is to fly on wings of sound distilled into letters
      and then brevity, a message you can quickly glance
      down at and then away, like ducks taking
      a break from seeking warmer climates.

      I am enough … I tweet
      and, really, I believe that
      but there’s that gratification
      need to be more.
      I’m hoping to convince
      you to stay longer
      before you take off,
      before I take off.
      The water’s fine. I am warm.

      But brevity …
      how to say this in less than 140 characters?
      “Get some rest. I‘m headed to bed.”


    43. DanielAri says:

      “How it began”


      “Olga,” said Olga

      Olag laughed. “Olag.”


      “Olag, Olga.”

      Then Olga laughed.

      They clinked,



      & grinned.

    44. Marjory MT says:

      Phone not…
      tex not…
      miss it


    45. K: Help, Zach accidentally squirted colon in his eye. What do I do?
      M: Go to hospital–squirting colon/not good.

    46. Leo says:

      Where are you?
      Nearly home
      What’s taking you so long?
      Walking back
      Why can’t you take the bus?
      Want to walk
      Why suddenly walking?
      Losing weight
      But you’re becoming late
      Not by a lot.
      Guests here. You forgot?
      Oh yeah. (Oh let them rot.)
      Walk faster. They’ll go soon.
      Will do. Will do. Bye.
      Getting irritated, are you?
      What was your first clue?!!

    47. julie e. says:

      What fun reading today! Super fun prompt. :-)


      me: dinner!

      son: wtr we hvg?

      me: pizza

      son: b rt there!

      me: it’s really meatloaf

      son: nt hungry 8 b4.

      me: want to go out for dinner
      when u get home?

      hubby: sure

      me: what sounds good to u?

      hubby: gd with whtever

      me: how about Chinese?

      hubby: no

      me: Mexican?

      hubby: no. lunch

      me: hamburgers???

      hubby: no to greasy

      me: THEN WHAT DO U WANT???

      hubby: told u gd with whtever

      me: *SIGH*

      me: Send me a pic of your
      homecoming dress!

      (granddaughter sends photo)

      me: ….UM…..

      granddaughter: ?

      me: WOW.

      granddaughter: ??

      me: Um, your dad and mom r
      ok with that?

      granddaughter: Yes! they really
      like it. dad sez I look pretty!

      me: pretty NAKED…..

      granddaughter: oh

      me: look at those long legs!

      granddaughter: lol

      me: i mean, you look GREAT,
      but TOO GROWN UP. i mean,
      you’re my GRANDdaughter!
      And there are gonna be boys’
      eyes all over that bare skin….
      HORNY young boys with
      raging hormones

      granddaughter: GRANDMA!

      me: …….OH. i guess u were
      gonna grow up sometime……..

      me: *SIGH* Have fun.

      me: but be CAREFUL!

      granddaughter: I will. :-)

      me: MAKE GOOD CHOICES! i love u!

      granddaughter: I <3 u too, gma. :-)

    48. Jane Shlensky says:






      behind main st
      cut in bedrock by goldrush miners
      monday morning early
      no one here
      but me & dog 2 crows on tin roof
      mailbox stone steps going nowhere up
      tree of heaven roots in cracks & drainpipes
      overgrows no parking sign
      holds fascinating scents for dog
      takes over the backside
      w/ ivy & periwinkle
      doesn’t quite hide adit dug in cutbank
      what’s left of mining
      tunnel doesn’t go far
      dog shows me black cushion
      exciting to dog
      someone slept here
      slick stone trail
      to cliffdweller level
      thought they rounded up the homeless
      sent them somewhere else
      propane tank w/ cat crouched atop
      padlocked back door
      dog gets spooky – haunted?
      old town
      lots of ghosts

    50. LQTM

      Master of subtleties,
      bachelor without the degree,
      you still make me smile
      when everyone else is
      L-ing OL and you reply

    51. jared davidavich says:

      tragedy of conversation

      new phne, can txt now
      i c, cool
      can talk in class now
      very cool
      hungry…need eat soon
      yea, def
      wanna grab launch? noon?
      where u at?
      the room
      huh?me to, where at?
      no way, im right her
      i no, be quite, sleeping
      that crazy…

    52. Rorybore says:

      this is such a fun prompt today.
      and especially love the auto correct versions!
      just fantastic.

      Here is mine.

    53. FML

      Save the self-pity for someone with a shittier life that you.
      So your mother made you clean your room.
      Dad said you can’t use the car until you learn
      that dreaded “R” word. You heard “Jammer” got
      the new iPhone, iPad, iWished ihad that latest gadget too,
      and your entry level job actually expects you
      to work for that paltry paycheck. Yeah kid, you have it bad.
      FYL and FU2. Wait until you “grow up”!

    54. JWLaviguer says:

      Binary Love

      Head down
      Thumbs flying
      Virtually over

    55. where R U?

      sky harbor

      thot U were coming 2nite

      chng of plans

      where R U going

      dont no yet

      what do U mean

      gotta go


      whte lite

      end of message

    56. Domino says:

      Mom’s Eye View

      At your brother’s Army Graduation.

      Wow, band is really loud.

      Too bad you aren’t here, cute girl at 11:00.

      Hold on, there they are!!!!!!!

      They are so…

      Crying my eyes out.

      Very proud. This is awesome.

      Going to meet them now. Byeeee!

      Okay, big crowd=slow going.

      Looking…I see him! He looks very grown up.

      He looks just like you.

      Diana Terrill Clark

    57. Love U Sis

      *I know it was hard,
      but you really did
      the right thing
      * What? … I guess …
      but It wasn’t much.
      *Don’t be humble! You want to meet Friday?
      I could use that adapter for Italy
      *What?!! Um, ok … but who is this?
      *Your Brother -I Love you, and I’m
      so proud of you
      *I love you too … Jeff?
      *Oh, Sorry
      wrong number
      *Aw, and I was feeling
      pretty good about myself
      *well …. I’m sure you’ve done
      something I’d be proud of
      *will you take me to Italy

    58. Yolee says:

      Tuna on white, all the
      veggies except hot peppers
      very little mayo just a

      I’m staying home. Jessie is
      bringing the girls home. I
      think it is a polar express

      don’t forget your cough


      did you know that Porter Rico (Voice messaging transferred to text.)
      is voting for the or their
      future. Tomorrow. they’re
      going on stage theater
      independence are having a
      status quo. I didn’t know they
      were doing that this is the
      fourth time in forty years today
      buddy for that. We could have
      a 51st state.

      I think I understand what
      You’re voice text was trying
      To say. Go Puerto Rico.

    59. De Jackson says:

      Autocorrect FTW

      hey, dude. cu@lisa’s?
                              yup. there in a sex.

                              sec! there in a second. damn autocorrect!



    60. De Jackson says:

      the 411

      hi, qt. hwyd?
                             ok. u?
      good. cu@brian’s?
      btw: ily. <3




      Harold won’t be there this evening.
      Harold B… hubby
      Harold who?
      No, Harold’s sick.
      I know no Harold.
      No English class this evening?
      Sure, English class every Wednesday.
      Harold is sick and can’t be there.
      Never knew of anybody Harold in my class.

    62. Nimue says:

      how far,
      always near , like you say.
      door is open,
      Oh darling, I know the way.
      pick some food ?
      Lets cook.
      and some drinks ?
      from your lips ?
      that’s naughty my love,
      am here already you know.
      oh, the texts are so much fun !

    63. Michael Grove says:

      What’s Up?

      Whatever happened
      to talking on the phone?
      I want to speak to you
      and to hear your voice
      so I give you a call.
      Your voice mail picks
      up instead and I leave you
      a message. “ I love you,
      please give me a call.”
      My phone buzzes but
      does not ring.
      I look at the screen
      to read the message
      from you. “What’s up?”

      By Michael Grove

    64. Miss R. says:

      Sick, Bro!

      Hey, whazzup?
      Not much, u?
      Down with the flu.
      Aw, that stinks.
      Ya think?
      Been sick long?
      Ya, I dunno what’s wrong.
      Gross, man.
      Stop by if you can.
      Um, I gtg.
      Fine. Thx a lot, bro.
      No problem.
      Sigh. Ure dumb.

    65. RJ Clarken says:

      Damn You Autocorrect!

      “Yay! At last I found my GSPOT!
      Crap! I meant my GPS! Not –
      oh forget it! Know what I mean?
      I can’t believe what’s on my screen!”

      “How was your date? Dude – did u score?”
      “Well, man, I killed her at her door.
      Yikes! I meant KISSED! Know what I mean?
      I can’t believe what’s on my screen!”

      “Guess what? I am defecating!
      Dang! I meant I’m decorating!
      Christmas tinsel. Know what I mean?
      I can’t believe what’s on my screen!”

      “Good news, son. You were adopted.”
      “What?!” “Damn phone has been co-opted!
      Accepted! Yale! Know what I mean?
      I can’t believe what’s on my screen!”


    66. elishevasmom says:


      I am still being dragged
      kicking and screaming
      into the 21st century!

      My first computer was
      a used laptop needed
      when I finally went

      to college back in’99.
      But now, I can’t
      hardly write without it.

      It is so much easier
      to corral my
      muse—to reign in her

      energy before she clears
      the fence
      and is off again.

      My first cellphone,
      right from the get go
      became a mutation,

      an appendage grafted
      on to mind and body
      that I feel naked without.

      But back then
      nobody said anything
      about texting.

      are like bullets. I
      have always preferred

      doing preventive
      rather than cleaning

      up a crime scene
      caused by words chopped
      and morphed,

      with me standing there
      holding the smoking

      Ellen Knight

    67. Text ‘Ku

      Ne1 c u

      anyone see you
      i don’t know
      where are you now

    68. If teenagers ran Verizon Wireless

      Introducing our new limited access plan
      aimed specifically at teenagers,
      the One-Way Deal,
      in which all incoming calls are ignored,
      but outgoing calls can be made
      whenever the need arises.

    69. JWLaviguer says:

      Sorry, Wrong Number
      (Note from the author: I couldn’t find an English to text-ese on line translater, so just use your imagination)

      Where are you?
      Who is this?
      I’ve got her
      Got who?
      Right, right; keep it on the down-low
      No really
      Who is this?
      She put up a fight
      Yeah but we cleaned
      up the mess
      Is this some sort of joke?
      No, dead serious
      sorry for the pun
      Stop texting me!
      Okay I’m coming over
      with her now
      What? No!

    70. pmwanken says:

      (a shadorma)

      good night, Babe xox
      good night, sweet dreams, Love
      Good morning! :)
      good morning! :-*
      I’ll call you later today.
      I can hardly wait. xox

      P. Wanken

    71. ROFLMFAO

      Doesn’t anyone speak English anymore?
      I’m sure it’s an important note,
      but all I’m getting is “Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco”
      Sorry. I don’t smoke. C U.

    72. Just Don’t

      Don’t try to call me.
      Left my phone.
      And don’t ask
      how I sent this text.

    73. Dinner time

      My son keeps his hands
      in his lap throughout the meal
      He looks down and smiles

    74. Inbox

      no his moms
      coach wants me to stay extra for practice so can you bring my shorts to the office and I will get them there and text you when I need a ride home thx

    75. To Text or Not To Text

      Writers love words,
      not abbreviations.
      What time will you be home?
      In my stubbornness,
      my text would be long hand.
      I love you.
      Until I didn’t want to be bothered,
      then short hand had appeal.
      I c u!
      I have teenagers.
      Need I say more?
      Where r u?

    76. DAHutchison says:

      TXT LAG

      –Sry late, accidnt on interstate,

      –Ok, just meet us at st. judes,

      –Not my crash, some other dudes,

      –No… UR wife’s in labor now,

      –How dis happen, holy cow!

      –U don’t kno? who knocked her up?

      –Oh crap, UR last txt just popped up.

    77. shellaysm says:

      “B ‘tween Talk”

      In text, omit all that’s unneeded
      Full sentences? Time & energy have ceded
      Read ‘tween the lines
      Under code, follow these signs

      Letters R words; #’s 4 letters
      Stay up with the trend setters.
      Across a screen, Let fingers swing
      Remember: just keep LOL’ing!

      Ignore proper spelling and punctuation’s former pause
      Xcept 2 Xpress their modern cause:
      Emotions via sideways faces
      Punctuate, instead, in CAPS or bold in places

      Guess I’ll C
      U L8r,
      Ur curator

      Best wishes
      XOXO ;)

    78. Modern Conveniences

      this is
      my first
      and last
      text message
      before I smash my cell phone
      call me on my land line

    79. Text

      My message drafts
      develop slowly,
      my clumsy thumbs lacking
      the agility they might have had
      at nineteen, given the challenge
      and the technology.
      Instead I practiced
      on a manual Smith Corona
      and an upright Wurlitzer,
      fingers flying.

      Not only do I lack fluency
      in textspeak,
      not my native language
      but I feel compelled to stop,
      backspace, erase,
      putting in apostrophes,
      changing your to you’re,
      switching inadvertent
      uppercase to lowercase,
      revising, editing, proofreading,
      aware after all these years
      that every word,
      every letter,
      every character

    80. barbara_y says:

      I don’t text, but hey…

      nok nok
      bird no way
      way 13 way
      way 13?
      aye 1 eye
      2 tree three
      wind mime 3
      4 count to 1 etc

    81. TGFG (Thank God for Google)

      On TXT MSG

      ^5 Google!


    82. HELLO?

      U had me there.
      Long time without u.
      An eternity now.
      Miss U.
      <3 you.
      Wish U were here.
      I'll be less fine.
      Fine, but less
      w/o U.
      Do U hear me?

      • TEXT ME?

        Words less expressive in an abbreviated form,
        it is not my norm of saying what I mean.
        Conversation is a lost art, and if you start
        to text me repeatedly, you’ve lost me for sure.
        We never have time to speak our mind
        anymore. Technology has set that back.

        Besides, you never text me back.
        You throw out your blurb, but in bad form
        you leave me hanging for your reply. Would you mind
        pushing the little phone thingy and let it ringy? I mean,
        the time it takes you to text me, our station is assured,
        my every word is heard even before your thumbs start.

        Right from the start
        I knew this text crap would send us back
        to beating on logs. Smoke signals were less sure
        when the wind blew, but you use fewer characters to form
        your contention, and I mean,
        you’re truly driving me out of my mind!

        I know what I want to say, and my mind
        has it straight. I say what I mean, but when a text starts
        my thumbs give it no inflection. All caps can get mean,
        but emphasis is NOT ANGER! The danger is, it comes back
        To bite you. They’ll fight you because they’ve formed
        misconceived notions, you can be sure.

        Amended: Conversation is NOT lost. It is dead!!!! Surely,
        with texting, and IM and tweets by twits our minds
        shrink from not thinking of the right word because we’ve transformed
        them to the minimum. Don’t get me started!
        Dumb down a heart-to-heart and we’re back
        to not speaking again. My silence does not mean

        I’m mad either! It’s just that I’d rather SAY what I mean
        and then you’ll be sure
        of my intent. Bring the ability to converse back!
        You may think it cool to be so “hip”, but my mind
        doesn’t get it. That’s why I quit it before your thumbs get started.
        I’m not hard-hearted, I’ve just been transformed.

        This “new” form to communicate means
        I have to start to learn a new “language” that’s for sure!
        Would you mind giving me a call back so I can hear you LOL!

    83. March 20, 2012

      Brother: Dad, just passed…

      Me: What !?!! When ?

      Brother: About two hours ago.

      Me: Dear Dad, I’m so sorry…. I couldn’t make it in time.

      Me: Rest in peace :(

    84. 121 — when?

      2night – me&U — where?

      Eng class-OK — my Eng bad

      LOL Ur Eng is btr than m9 — nw!

      Ya, way!

    85. not working let’s see if this will go through-
      hope to god my 10 other attempts to postdon’t all go through all at the same time….

      sexting ee cummings

      : – )

      yur america
      luv poems


      vibrating tight front

      near full

      yur batteries
      long dead
      and they dont sell
      yur kind of charger

    86. “Why, yes, I use full sentences and punctuation when I text, why do you ask?”

      This distance
      created in the small space
      between finger and screen
      is amplified
      over distance,
      for hurtful things
      you were taught to never say
      to flow
      as repercussions
      out of view.

    87. The Wired Journal says:

      Where you at my little brat
      Can’t believe I’ve fallen in this trap
      Texting my son in order to chat
      When I was young I called my dad
      Sometimes we’d have a nice long chat

      Your funny dad you make me laugh
      Sorry I’m late had to stay after class
      Be coming through real real soon
      Is dinner ready I’m famished too
      Be there in ten walking home with Jen.

    88. Hey, hey, some nice text messages already :-) Here is mine:

      “On the meeting point. U?”
      “Caught in traffic. 2 min. OK?”
      “Sure. Waiting.”

      “Where R U? Been here 1 hour. ”
      “Taxi crashed. Hospital.
      I not injured. Driver. Police talk. Wait.”
      “U want me 2 come there?”
      “No. I’ll text U.”

      “No bother, but worried. Where R U?”
      “Don’t worry. U may go.
      And don’t bother 2 call.
      Will not text/call back.”

    89. ‘SUP

      Where RU?
      Got stuf, need $.
      My Bro a nogo.
      Bzy 2nite but AM btr.
      Mtg her 4 sipn n dipn
      CU L8R GTG
      Dont txt much
      dont u no?

    90. hey :-)

      miss u

      in d’s class
      so frickin boring!!

      whatcha doin?


      oooh :-0 send me a pic


      cum on

      guys stole my phone that time!

      that hurts :-( cmon yur
      so friggin hot!! so what if the guys see u ;-)


      no I said yur mom was Lebanese

      it wuz a joke!!!
      no no we never did it all we did was text!
      did u here me?

      you still t whore?

      there ????

      that wasn’t me
      damn auto erect

      *ok that was my quick first attempt – will try sumthin a little different later :-)

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