Michèle Buchanan
Pointe Claire, Quebec, CANADA

The plug...

I can hear them calling
so I know they are fine

Where's Mom? they are saying
Don't they know I'm online?

We're hungry I hear
I tell them please hush
Mom is online now,
what is the rush?

They had a bite yesterday
when the phone lines were out
These kids will drive you crazy
Oh look, there's the pout

I quickly dispense bowls of cereal
as I download a file
no time wasted here
I'm a true computerphile

I check out the boards
and respond to a few
"we're so bored" moan
the children, "what can we do?"

I tell them to stop, and
please do not whine
can't they see that their
mother is busy online?

The grumbling continues as
they wander about
"moms's ALWAYS on the computer"
together they shout

Unawares to me they yank
the phone line from the jack
and say "Daddy's right, this
is the way to get mommy back!"