Hanging on the Telephone.

Brrrr, brrrr,
Brrrr, Brrrr
“Hello, you have reached
Technotrash automated troubleshooting service.
If your Technotrash life-robot has malfunctioned, press1.
If your Technotrash life-robot has disobeyed, press 2.
If your Technotrash life-robot caused harm to human life, press 3.”

*Presses 3*

“Thank you for your call
All our operators are busy dealing with other customers,
Your call is important to us,
You are currently number 8 in the queue;
We are experiencing unexpectedly high levels if calls,
Please hold, or call back later.”



  1. tashtoo said,

    May 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    lord…can you imagine! Sounds like our 911 systems…still leaves me smirking a bit though…Father forgive them…they know not what they have done!

  2. zongrik said,

    May 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    all i can say is OOOOPSSS 🙂

    sonnet 40

  3. Chazinator said,

    May 12, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Man, I hate those types of help desk calls. This has the ring of inevitability about it, perhaps. The robots are coming! How much of our lives they take, of course, is perhaps both a material and spiritual question. I enjoyed this gentle, humorous, reminder that great changes are on their way in human social evolution.

    • montygrant said,

      May 12, 2012 at 5:36 am

      Very perceptive Charles, thanks for your comments. I hope you enjoyed it.

  4. May 12, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I’d be willing to bet those call center robots are in collusion with the malfunctioning ‘bot. A humorous look at what is a rapidly developing reality, one that we may (or may not) live to regret.

    • montygrant said,

      May 12, 2012 at 7:32 am


      I’m glad you enjoyed it – scary though the reality is!!


  5. brian miller said,

    May 12, 2012 at 2:11 am

    lol based on other customer service experiences…you may be dead well before….urk…..

    • montygrant said,

      May 12, 2012 at 5:39 am

      Brian, I tried to achieve that irony and maintain the humor. Thanks for your comments.

  6. 1emeraldcity said,

    May 13, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Oh, how this resonates! Right on! The frustration, the rage one feels with all this non-caring mechanization. Your poem should be a prequel to every Azimov story written. Well done. On mark!

  7. hedgewitch said,

    May 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I absolutely love this–it says so much, directly and indirectly, about where we’re at right now in this insane century–my favorite kind of poem is the one that shows rather than says, and here you are showing it all with the accuracy of a mirror.

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