Are crossed wires a symbol of our busy lives?
Where saying one thing
Can mean something entirely different.
We need to slow down,
Listen, laugh and appreciate our differences.
Squares and lines
Shaping our lives.
Living in a small country town,
A city break is invigorating.
More people in the tram than in your whole town.
Unknown faces staring down at their phones.
A break from being known, from routine,
From paddocks and big skies
To views of cityscapes,
The sky reflected in the grids
For this week’s writing prompt from Lorna, with the prompt of Crossed Wires, I decided to update an older post. This was a poem I wrote for a writing challenge earlier last year and I used this same picture in the post – it fits beautifully.
It’s funny because the poem was written about a break from normal routine, a trip to Melbourne in fact, and I’ve just returned from a similar break. It’s great having my sister living there so I can visit her and get some inspiration.
I researched what the term Crossed Wires actually means and enjoyed adding some suitable words to my original poem The Break.
“Crossed wires” can describe either of these situations:
1. when people who are supposedly having a conversation with each other are actually talking about completely different things
2. when a dialogue gets out of sync because people are not listening to each other – in a written dialogue this is usually because someone has posted twice before reading a reply.
The expression derives from ye olden days of analogue telephones. Sometimes when speaking on the phone in the 60s or 70s it was possible to hear another conversation on the same line. You might also pick up the phone and find that instead of a dial tone you could hear a conversation. This situation was called “crossed wires“.
Thanks Lorna for another great writing prompt. I’m really enjoying stretching my brain and doing something different.
You can see my week by week attempts here:
Week #4 – People watching and celeb spotting
Week #3 resulted in one of my all time favourite posts – Far away from home as she knew it
Week #1 was the first writing and photo challenge, A sepia toned fall memory and I wrote a short creative piece – A New World Order as Autumn takes over
Please let me know what you think of my response to this prompt. I always enjoy hearing from you and appreciate you joining the conversation.
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