Communicating on the fly
with empathetic protocol,
I’d lob a thought and your reply
assured me that you caught it all.
The interchange of sparkling wit
between us was a smorgasboard
of lively parlance to befit
the range of topics we explored.
Everyone began to mumble;
TV’s on, the walls are shaking;
sentence fragments feint and fumble
through the loopy route they’re taking.
Funny how, as ordinary
conversation grows abstruser,
now the tone is thrust-and-parry.
Hard of hearing? No! Not you sir.