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Siri and Me
Peggy Trojan


I ask a lot of her.
Set the timer,
word definitions,
home remedies for bee stings,
the age of Robert Redford,
when do the Packers play.
When I thank her,
my daughter laughs and reminds me
that no one is there.
But Siri is so polite.
Once she said,
"I didn't quite get that."
I railed at her, letting
her know I didn't
finish my question.
She replied, "That's not very nice."

This poem first appeared in Thunderbird (2021).
Used here with permission.


Peggy Trojan, after a career of teaching English, retired to the north woods of Wisconsin. There, she and her husband, David, with the help of family, built a house next to a trout stream. Peggy stays busy writing and making jam from the raspberry patch she carefully and lovingly tends. Peggy is a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, and is the author of two full-length poetry collections and six chapbooks. Learn more about her here.



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Lori Levy:
Posted 01/09/2024 01:17 PM
Fun poem, I think Ill start talking to Siri
Posted 01/09/2024 12:50 PM
I always say "please" and "thank you" to Sirihe's doing something helpful, and it's important to be polite! (I have mine set to the British Male voice, thus "he".)
Posted 01/09/2024 12:07 PM
Some while ago whilst i was writing one of my journals, i said "Does anyone else say thank you to Alexa". I guess we're just too darn polite! Nice poem.
Posted 01/09/2024 11:53 AM
Tom Sharpe:
Siri, is important to us who work with our hands and still need to communicate. She will answer or hang up my phone while I am greasing a saddle.
Posted 01/09/2024 10:44 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I loved Peggy's humorous wise poem that proves even us seniors are smart and savvy and tolerate the electronic robots who all seem to be female. Don't have an iPad and never heard of Siri but I have gotten driving directions from Google girl and TV programming help from Alexa and no back talk when I complained.
Posted 01/09/2024 10:38 AM
I am laughing!
Posted 01/09/2024 10:29 AM
Wilda Morris:
Love it! When I first got my iPad, Siri was turned on. I had not expected that. She kept responding when I was trying to talk with my husband. Finally, I said, "Siri, shut up!" and I got the same message you got: "That is not very nice." It's something I don't say to people, but knowing she was not a real person, I let my frustration out. Then I figured out how to turn her off and I've never turned her back on.
Posted 01/09/2024 10:21 AM
I need to talk with Siri more!
Posted 01/09/2024 10:11 AM
Leslie Hodge:
too funny!
Posted 01/09/2024 09:59 AM
Sounds familiar!!A fun poem.
Posted 01/09/2024 09:18 AM
Darrell Arnold:
I was in my car with my wife when Siri asked "Where do you want to go?" before my wife finished telling her. My wife said, "You didn't let me finish, you dumb !@#$%." Siri said, "I won't respond to that." So we got to messing with Siri. My wife asked "What are you wearing today?" Siri answered, "I don't have a body." Too much fun.
Posted 01/09/2024 08:32 AM
Jane H Fitzgerald:
Siri is really a trip.
Posted 01/09/2024 06:24 AM
Alarie Tennille:
So entertaining! I once came downstairs where my husband was on his iPhone and heard Siri say, "No, it is I who should thank you."
Posted 01/09/2024 05:39 AM

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