Memories

 

Do you remember me, in the dark of the night,
When you lie awake,
Unable to sleep?
As you fight to escape your fears
And doubts,
Do you think of me?

When you wake to the sun’s embryonic rays,
Do you think of me?
As you face the onslaught of another day
Of struggles within and without,
Do your thoughts traverse the miles,
And do you miss me?

We were one, you and I
For many long years,
But now we are two, and divided.
Do you miss me?
As the shadows wane and evening draws nigh,
Do you remember me?

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Judy Binns Nemeth

Is Communication Technology a Time saver?

It wasn’t all that long ago that people sat down and wrote letters in order to keep in touch with family and friends, and even to conduct business. Provided that there was a reliable postal service, things seemed to work well and mail generally arrived timeously. That all changed with fax machines. Now a letter was typed on a computer or even a typewriter, and then sent via a fax machine to the recipient who also had to have access to their own fax machine. Business was speeded up as there was no longer the delay caused by postal deliveries.  Nowadays very few people appear to be faxing as a form of doing business as e-mailing has become the medium of choice for most of us.

With the advent of mobile phones, landlines are often rarely used by individuals, although they are still a necessity in many business organisations. Looking back over the last few decades, there was a time when even having a home telephone was deemed a luxury. Many people had to make do with using public telephone boxes and putting the required number of coins into the slot provided in order to place a call. There are young people today who may never have seen one of these, let alone used one.

The benefit of using a mobile phone is that one is able to make and receive calls wherever one may be. No longer is it necessary to be in an office or at home in order to get in touch with people. This is rather a double edged sword, as there is no escaping being called by clients, any time of the day or night, unless the phone has been turned off. A big advantage, however, is that it is possible in many instances to contact one’s doctor, if the number has been made available to patients, in a medical emergency situation, outside of specified surgery hours. Other situations where mobiles are invaluable are when one has burst water pipes, or burnt out gate motors, where the specific expert needs to be called for help and is contactable on their mobile.

Having so many opportunities at our fingertips to communicate with one another, why is it that we are always complaining about not having enough time? Just looking at the whole scenario of everyone having a mobile phone, often an I-pad and a laptop, is it perhaps that all these modern gadgets have a tendency to become time wasters. One only has to look around to see that the majority of people, regardless of age, are carrying their mobile device with them wherever they go. Therefore, it is very tempting to constantly be checking for messages or interesting gossip on facebook instead of getting on with the job at hand. It would be interesting to monitor just how many working hours are wasted due to employees spending time on their phones instead of doing the job for which they are employed?

Many of us easily become addicted to all sorts of things – food, alcohol, exercise and nowadays, the internet and social media.  Downloading games onto one’s mobile seems like fun, but it’s quite frightening how, sitting playing casino slots, or one of the many more challenging brain testers, the time just flies by. So, all things considered, was the pace of life actually slower in bygone days when people used old style forms of communication, and are we all perhaps guilty of wasting precious minutes in the way in which we are using the so-called time saving devices.  Makes one wonder.

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Happy Birthday

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Everyone has warned you
That the dreaded day will come
When you realise with horror
That your brain cells have gone numb

The flush of youth is over
The neck cream is a must
Exercise is critical
For the bum and for the bust

Your memory will fail you
Your energy will flag
Your children still exploit you
While your body starts to sag

But let me not discourage
There is hope out there as well
With strength and resignation
The future is not hell

You join a club of heroes…
Who arrived ahead of you
They tell you that the problems
Are a load of old baloo

Age is just a milestone
And a privilege to enjoy
Many never make it
So, keep happy and ….oh boy

It’s fun to have the knowledge
And experience as well
To know how to enjoy life
And have anecdotes to tell

You’ve reached the stage of life
Where eccentric is o.k.
If you want, you can be crazy
You can do it all your way

You grew up with the Beatles
The Sixties were your own
You’ve had the best of all worlds
And you really cannot moan

You strive to be holistic
In your attitude to life
You travel, read and study
And avoid excessive strife

You need to have some fun time
You’ve worked for years and years
Go relax now it’s your birthday
And wipe away the tears

Life is really fun you know
Your age is in your mind
So raise your glass, and drink a toast
Have a party…..just unwind!

                               Judy Binns Nemeth

Time

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TIME 

Where has time gone? Has he left forever,

Never more to return?

Or, will he come back to me

In a rush, like a flood,

One day when I no longer need him?

When my days are numbered,

And my friends all gone,

Will time be my companion,

Sitting beside me like an unwanted guest,

Overstaying his welcome?

Not then, but now, I need him.

 

Judy Binns Nemeth  (Published in, Over the Rainbow – an Anthology of African Verse,                                               1996)