mute

for all those unending online meetings

Enter the space
And instant overwhelm
Crackles 
Pops
Hisses
Muttering
Children hover in the background 
Barking dogs
Notifications ping steadily
Someone needs to mute themselves
Is it me?
We all quickly check
Nope
Phew
Not my blather
being inadvertently broadcast
So please 
Whoever you are
Just find the mute button 
Please

Another day
Another space
But this one between my ears
And eyes
Also inundated
With noise
News feeds
Socials
Screens
Shock around the clock
To say nothing of
Stream of consciousness babblings
From whichever voice is leaving the mic open today
Something needs to be muted
Shut down
Taken offline
Set some parameters
Controlled conditions
For the clamour at the gates of my mind
Again and again I find
Someone still needs to be muted
Is it me?