Angela Wybrow

Rookie - 440 Points (Salisbury, Wilts, UK)

A Personal Plea - Poem by Angela Wybrow

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.


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 A Personal Plea by Angela Wybrow

  • Rookie - 44 Points 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

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  • Rookie - 364 Points 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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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 20, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, September 30, 2013


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