Wednesday, March 26, 2008


In the house
of Mr and Mrs Spouse
he and she
would watch teevee
and never a word
between them spoken
unit the day
the set was broken.

Then 'How do you do?'
said he to she
'I don't believe
that we've met yet.
Spouse is my name.
What's yours?' he asked.

'Why, mine's the same!'
said she to he,
'Do you suppose that we could be - ?'

But the set came suddenly right about,
and so they never did find out.

By Eve Merriam (1916 - 1992)


This poem describes exactly what my wife and I are currently going through. We love watching TV like Boston Legal, Taiwan political news, Fearless Planet, etc. Anything that is more interesting than our local productions deserve our full attention. Unfortunately, we are spending lesser and lesser time communicating with each other.

Another major issue is the TV remote control. We believe that whoever controls it, is the master/mistress of the house. It is a fact - this harmless looking thing is actually a symbol of power. Whoever holds it decides what kind of programs the other party has to watch for the next 4 – 5 hours. With the TV remote control firmly in her hand, that means no more History Channel, no more Dogfights, etc, but programs about shoes, shopping, handbags, fashion, etc.

Although it is frustrating, but there is really no easy solution to our problem. I wonder if the nearby Family Service Centre is willing to take my case, “My wife deprived me of my freedom by holding on to the TV remote control. I want you to get it back from her.” Hmm.

But maybe what we really need is spending quality time with each other, you know like watching a movie, going to the library or maybe shopping for a bigger TV. Ya, I like the idea of having of a bigger TV.


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading 'TEEVEE". It's a funny and poignant piece of satire.

Thanks for posting it.

David Mascellani

Alson Teo said...

You are most welcome my friend. :)

Anonymous said...

well my spouse and I both eat cheese so we can't really be in the same room too much or we'll need gas masks so there isn't really a problem with the T.V i liked the poem although i thought it was a bit "pgwmiok"


Alson Teo said...

Well, my spouse and I love baked beans ...

Anonymous said...

This poem was incorrectly identified as being written by Eve Merriam . It was written by the late David McCord. (December 15, 1897-April 13, 1997)

Infinity said...

But the set came suddenly right about,
and so they never did find "out."
The last word is missed in your citation.
Just to remind. A lovely poem.


Anonymous said...

I am 11 and i am using it for a poetry project.

Alson Teo said...

Thanks JO. :)