The Argument Machine Message

by Barry Franklin


I'm sorry, but you seem to have caught me
at a bad time.

I'm out of my mind right now...

If you leave your name
and your reason for attempting to access
my reason,
I'll get back to you
just as soon as
my sanity returns...

Please disregard anything that I may say
in the absence of my intellect.

If this is an emergency...
you can reach my heart
at the place in which you keep it.


Author's Note: How I view myself during an argument with my wife.

Posted on 01/26/2008
Copyright © 2024 Barry Franklin

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mary Frances Spencer on 01/26/08 at 03:46 PM

You hit the nail on the head with this one! Great read! MFS

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/26/08 at 04:57 PM

Oh, this is great! Thanks!

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 01/27/08 at 12:16 AM

It's amazing, the way you've captured how a person can sometimes become suddenly unavailable/disengaged during an emotionally charged situation; the way you seem to be removed from the immediate threat to your emotional well-being. This is just wonderful!!!

Posted by Laura Doom on 01/27/08 at 12:59 AM

Made me smile - a mechanical message with creative delivery - exceptional stuff :>

Posted by Jean Mollett on 01/28/08 at 04:53 AM

Hi Barry, Great write. How creative. Voice mail and answering machines, help with different thoughts, etc. :)

Posted by Jean Mollett on 01/28/08 at 04:53 AM

Great stuff, keep it coming. :)

Posted by David Garner on 02/01/08 at 04:52 PM

Right into my favorites. Your specifics make this universal. Beautiful job here.

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 02/02/08 at 06:50 AM

Now why didn't I write this?? How all married men can relate. But in the end we love her till it hurts, even when you grumble at each other in the hall! Well deserved as a member's favorite.

Posted by Anne Engelen on 02/02/08 at 09:56 AM

Simply wow!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 02/02/08 at 09:13 PM

Excellent stuff Barry. The 'recorded message' angle works very well here. And husband or wife...who hasn't been there?!?!

Posted by George Hoerner on 02/12/08 at 04:31 PM

Congratulations on POTD! This really well done! I think we've all been there.

Posted by Mara Meade on 02/12/08 at 10:19 PM

First, congrats on POTD. Secondly, can I use this...?

Posted by Nicole D Gregory on 02/13/08 at 03:25 AM

You could so put this on a card and send it with a mixed-up bouquet of flowers... to say... I'm sorry/insane/over you/seems the list could go on! This is marvelous!!! I love it!... ~N

Posted by Kris Mara on 04/08/09 at 08:07 PM

Oh, I think I know this feeling. Well put.

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